“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.
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 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.
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.
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.
“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.
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:
- 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.
- The ability to enter a product code and date on the Natural Balance website to ensure safety and testing results right before our eyes.
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.
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.
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.