How long does an open bag of Dog food last? - Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums
 
Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums


Chihuahua-People.com is the premier Chihuahua Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.

Go Back   Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums > Chihuahuas > Chihuahua Questions

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-06-2016, 09:20 PM
chi addict
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 272
Thanks: 9
Thanked 15 Times in 15 Posts
Default How long does an open bag of Dog food last?

How long should dog food last?

I got a good deal on a larger bag 12lbs of FROMM brand dog food. I bought it about 4mo. ago but it was vacuum sealed and no air inside the bag. I store it in a cool place and opened it today and was rather surprised to notice that it was no longer vacuum sealed! There was no clear indication of holes and I tried to "squeeze out the air before opening and inspected it very good.

I think air must have leaked in slowly over the last month or so.

I repackaged it into 2 old 4lb bags of FROMM dog food I had kep and a few more into rubbermaid containers that I will use up first. The food smells really fresh but I'm wondering how long it will last?

I have only one chi and she goes through about 4lbs a month a bit more since she is about 7-8lbs. I'm thinking she will eat through this bag in a bit less than 3mo. Do you think it still will be very fresh and nutritious by then?

Would you be able to smell it going bad? I live in a small apartment so I can't freeze a bag. Maybe somebody has some good advice? I do get some coupons for larger bags every now and then. I might try buying another one again down the road if it's worth it. IDK might have 2 dogs by then, who knows.

Just wondering what other people though about how long dog food lasts and whats the best way to store an open bag.

Thanks,
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 01-06-2016, 09:53 PM

chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Posts: 1,781
Thanks: 774
Thanked 325 Times in 302 Posts
Default

It won't go bad, but you may have storage mites, which can cause symptoms that seem like allergies. They can live in a vacuum sealed bag. They aren't harmful otherwise.
__________________
[URL=http://s1187
http://pdgm.pitapata.com/0wGB.png
He prayeth best, who loveth best, all creatures great and small.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-07-2016, 05:23 AM
manydogz's Avatar
chi lover
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Name: Debra
Location: Ocala National Forest, Florida
Posts: 150
Thanks: 2
Thanked 21 Times in 21 Posts
Default

I refridgerate the dog food same as I do flour and pasta. Here in Florida dry goods get weevils very easily. I've been told they're harmless and to either shake them out or sift them out of the food. However, I refuse to eat something that has or had bugs in it and if I don't eat it neither do my dogs.
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
 
  #4  
Old 01-07-2016, 12:00 PM
Tink's Avatar
chi god/godess
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Name: Ronni
Location: Nashville Tennessee
Posts: 2,206
Thanks: 51
Thanked 134 Times in 103 Posts
Default

The fats in those vacuum sealed bags will tend to oxidize once exposed to air. The cooler the ambient temperature, the slower the oxidation rate. If you live in an air conditioned home in warmer climates, I wouldn't worry too much about the kibble going off after you've opened it....unless you're buying 40 pound bags worth.

Personally, even though it costs me more long term, I will only buy the 4 - 5 pound bags for my two. That way I'm fairly certain it's going to remain fresh for the life of its use.
__________________
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-07-2016, 05:09 PM
MelodyoftheForest's Avatar
chi-aholic
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Name: Reta
Location: Connecticut, USA
Posts: 488
Thanks: 20
Thanked 107 Times in 103 Posts
Default

I worked at a dog food store, and the vacuum bags will slowly get air over time, especially if stored upright rather than flat. I wouldn't worry. I have gotten bags of food that last my dog 6+ months and have never had it go bad. I try to keep it somewhat airtight, but I have just rolled down the top of the bag. You can smell if it is bad. Usually the fat goes rancid first. (This is living in northern West Virginia and in Connecticut.)


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
__________________
-Reta
First time Chihuahua owner with many years of dog experience!
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiTweet this Post!
Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply



Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT. The time now is 09:04 PM.



Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright 2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.5.2
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Chihuahua People 2004-2009
PetGuide.com
Basset Hound Forum Doberman Forum Golden Retriever Forum Beagle Forum
Boxer Forum Dog Forum Pit Bull Forum Poodle Forum
Bulldog Forum Fish Forum Havanese Forum Maltese Forum
Cat Forum German Shepherd Forum Labradoodle Forum Yorkie Forum Hedgehog Forum
Chihuahua Forum Retriever Breeds Cichlid Forum Dart Frog Forum Mice Breeder Forum