The shelf life of dog food can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the type of food, the ingredients used, and the way it’s stored. In general, most commercially-produced dog food has a shelf life of one to two years. The expiration date will be stated on the package, check the packaging label for a “best by” or “use by” date.
Dry kibble has a longer shelf life than wet food because the lower moisture content slows down the growth of bacteria. Canned wet food will typically have a shelf life of about two years, and it’s important to keep it in a cool and dry place.
Once the bag or can has been opened, it’s important to store the food properly and to use it within a few weeks to ensure its freshness. You should always make sure to keep the food in an airtight container and in a cool, dry place.
Additionally, it’s important to monitor your dog’s food for signs of spoilage, such as a bad smell or an unusual texture. When in doubt, it’s always best to err on the side of caution and throw the food away.
Always prioritize your pet’s safety and well-being, if you notice any changes in the pet’s appetite or if he/she is showing signs of food poisoning like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian.
Expired food may contain bacteria and other microorganisms that can cause food poisoning in dogs. This can lead to symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. If the symptoms are severe or persistent, it’s important to seek veterinary care.
Expired food can also become rancid, which can lead to the formation of harmful compounds such as mycotoxins and polyethylene glycols (PEGs) that can cause liver damage, neurological problems, and other health issues.
Additionally, expired food may lose some of its nutritional value. It may not provide your dog with the necessary vitamins, minerals, and macronutrients that they need to live a healthy life.
It’s always best to buy dog food that is in date and to check the “best by” or “use by” date before feeding it to your dog.
If you’re unsure of the freshness of the food, it’s better to discard it, and always prioritize your pet’s safety and well-being, if you notice any changes in your pet’s appetite, or if he/she is showing signs of food poisoning like vomiting, diarrhea, or lethargy, it’s best to consult with a veterinarian.