Am I Making My Dog Sick? #WeBelieveinNB

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“Am I making my dog sick?”

I will never forget the story told by a veterinary technician to me several years ago that opened with that line. The dog mom was so distraught that one small but mighty inaction caused her dog to get sick to the point of hospitalization.

Cocker veterinarian

Dog Food Ruled Out

The type of food she fed her dog, and still does (the dog survived) was not the culprit of the dog’s nausea, vomiting, and eventual collapse.

Dog Food Storage safety

Dog Food Storage Ruled In (My Dog is Sick)

On the contrary, the manner in which this dog mom stored her dog’s kibble instigated the entire illness. Am I making my dog sick is what this dog mom asked. Yes, she inadvertently did make her dog very ill due to improper storage of dog food. Thankfully, the dog recovered after a few days under veterinary care with IV hydration, antibiotics, and watchful waiting. Like people, dogs can get food poisoning from eating expired food or food that is improperly stored.

Here’s a basic primer on how to find a quality dog food along with proper storage of the food so that you do not make your dog sick.

“Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To get her poor dog a bone;
But when she came there
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor dog had none.”

Old Mother Hubbard did not have the facts on what to feed her furry friend, but we know better so we do better.

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Yummy looking and quality ingredients in Natural Balance.

Selecting a Quality Dog Food

The best food to feed your dog is the one that works for him or her. A dog has been a part of my life since the day I was born. With time, comes a great reward, and for me that reward is knowledge. I know better and so I do better.

Our dog, Dexter, is a Natural Balance® dog food roll fan and his bestie, rescue dog Zola, is a is a tried and true Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diet dog.

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Dog food rolls from Natural Balance provide my dog with an in-between meals snack, are easy to transport, super simple to store, and he considers them a high value reward. When we play indoor board games, one of our go-to treats for Dexter to seek is the Natural Balance dog food roll. It has not caused any upset in stomach, as we store the leftovers in the refrigerator in aluminum foil and an air-tight BPA-free storage container. Sometimes I heat the dog food roll up before serving. He loves it warmed up! If healthy digestion is important to you, then the Natural Balance line has a product or more for your pooch.

When looking for a high quality dog food with a single source protein for her dog’s sensitive tummy, dog mom, Ellen Morrissey, asked for a recommendation from us. We told her to talk to her dog’s veterinarian about making the switch to the  Natural Balance L.I.D. Limited Ingredient Diet.

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Zola loves her Natural Balance L.I.D.

“Is the food safe and tested, Carol?” This is the first question Ellen asked me before considering the Natural Balance line.

I know that Natural Balance tests every batch of the food and treats in their lab more than one time. In fact, Natural Balance tests their food and treats nine times so that dog moms and dog dads can feel confident that their batch of food is safe.

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PetSmart has a large selection of Natural Balance products.

What’s in Natural Balance LID?

There are two major reasons that Ellen and I chose the Natural Balance line of food and treats for our dogs in addition to the safety testing:

  1. Just as important to the ingredients that go in the Natural Balance line are the ingredients that they leave out. Learn what will NEVER be put in Natural Balance food. I can find out what Natural Balance tests for.
  2. The ability to enter a product code and date on the Natural Balance website to ensure safety and testing results right before our eyes.
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Dexter picking out some Natural Balance selections.

Doggie Thieves

Dog mom, Debbie Zupan Eickhoff of Florida wondered what her little Cocker darlings, Abby and Ava, were doing ever so quietly in the other room. When she got up to investigate, here’s what Debbie saw. Abby lead the charge while Ava came in for backup support with the raid of the Natural Balance dog food. While this is adorable, it proves that dogs can and do sneak into yummy food and treats unbeknownst to unsuspecting dog parents.

How to Properly Store Dog Food and Treats

Dog parents should use caution and use best judgment when storing their dog’s food.

Before You Buy: Wet or Dry Dog Food: You should always look for “best used by” or “sell by” date to ensure freshness of product whether it’s a food, treats, or topper to food.

Dry Dog Food: Store dry dog food in a sturdy BPA-free plastic container with a lid or in a clean galvanized metal can with a lid or even a large popcorn tin with lid. Make sure containers are sealed and airtight.

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Store dry dog food in an airtight container in a cool location.

Unopened Cans of Wet Food: Store in a cool, dry place. Do not allow cans to be where an area gets heat or sunlight.

Opened Can of Wet Food: Purchase plastic lids that fit over the can and store the can in the refrigerator. Do not reuse after two or three days. Another option: Depending upon the amount of food your dog consumes, the remainder of wet food can be divided into scoops in a ice cube tray and frozen. Before using it, scoop out needed portions and place each serving in a zip-lock bag and thaw in the refrigerator. This makes a yummy summer treat or anytime snack. If you find that you throw a lot of canned food away, consider purchasing smaller portions, which Natural Balance conveniently has available in their line.

Treats: Most dog treats and snacks should be stored in ceramic jars or stainless steel containers with lids.  If you store the treats in their original bag, make sure it is re-sealable and the air is removed. Also be cognizant of expiration dates. Expired dog treats, like expired human treats, can make a dog sick.

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Your Turn

Which of the four pillars from the Natural Balance Buy with Confidence™ Promise are most important to you?

Do you properly store your dog’s food?

Let us know in the comments below. Happy and safe eating!~

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Natural Balance. The opinions and text are all mine.

Comments

  1. these are great tips. We are looking into changing our cat food as our little one’s tummies are not liking the current brand.

    • The Natural Balance line has so many options to choose from for the kitties, too. I think you will find something your cat really likes.

  2. Wow, I never thought about this. But gosh it makes sense!!!! Thank you! I am going to make sure my dog’s food is properly stored.

  3. Happy to help. I was always a chip clip kind of gal with bags until I learned about proper storage.

  4. I scrolled through quickly to make sure we were doing the right thing, and yes (thankfully) we store our bestie’s food in a BPA container.

  5. My kids have been begging for a dog and I keep saying no. If I give in, I’ll have to circle back to this post for these helpful tips. It’s so important to know how to keep the dog healthy. Thanks for the post.

  6. Natural Balances has been a pretty reliable brand. It’s awesome that you found Natural Balance dog food that works for each of your dogs. I like your storage tips!

  7. Great tips and and great ideas for storage. I always look at expiration date of my dog’s food and treats. So many people today don’t bother to do that. Never thought of freezing my dog’s food and used for snacks. Definitely going to do that this summer.

  8. I like your storage tips. We have different types of food for the cat and the dog and it can get tedious trying to make sure it’s all organized and everyone know where to put it. I will have to look for this brand at our local pet stores.

  9. We always store our dog food in a separate container. We did it out of convenience but glad to know it’s healthy, too!

  10. Great tips as always – didn’t know about heating NB rolls – great idea –
    I stopped storing my dogs’ dry food in plastic and metal containers years ago and find glass is great – you can buy large glass containers with pressure sealed tops at bed bath and beyond and other home stores – they look kind of like old time apothecary jars –
    I have six dogs and four of these large jars which together hold about 60 lbs of dry food –
    And I keep replenishing after completely emptying each jar –
    I know of someone whose dog died from accidentally feeding food that was left on bottom of the bin for too long – new food was added on top but absolute bottom was never cleaned out until one time it was scooped up-
    So keeping the storage bin size proportional for what you use regularly is key too –
    Thanks for always providing great tips!

  11. The Natural Balance line sounds like a great choice for my Dog. I am always looking for the best food and treats I can give him. I will have to pick some up for him to try.

  12. I don’t have a dog, but we do have cats. It never occurred to me that their food may expire. I do store it in airtight containers, but I’ll need to start being more aware of expiration dates.

  13. My dogs love Natural Balance LID food. We keep all our pet food in BPA-free plastic containers. I am careful to lock each one so the animals never have a chance to help themselves or accidentally get trapped in one.

  14. Great tips. I have a dog and I”m mindful of what I give him. I keep seeing Natural Balance in the store and want to switch him over from Pedigree, but I’m always afraid of upsetting his stomach.

  15. Dex has the right idea, my dogs go wild for Natural Balance food rolls! I always have them on hand and I use them for so much; food topper, treats, and food source when we travel. Icy, my Husky, is such a Natural Balance girl, she loves every food they make! The safety testing is crucial for me. There have been too many pet food recalls in recent years, I need something I can trust to always be safe.
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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