I do know that most dog food only has a 1 year shelf life. But i was wondering if there is a dog food that will last longer than that. I have been stocking up on foods for me and my family in case of a disaster or something, but i will need some way to store food for my 3 dogs. Thanks in advance for replies.
A lot of the better brands have an exp on the dry bags often near the bottom on the back. I've tried to buy expired dog food before... I now check before purchase.. but feeding Orijen, the food goes so fast through the store they can barely keep it on the shelf so I haven't had an issue in a year or so.
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Just a suggestion, I don't have personal experience with this process. Would the new vacuum sealers extend the shelf life of dog food? I realise it would be extra work to repackage enough food for three dogs. If you are doing this for an emergency situation I don't think you would want to count on having electricity to power a freezer unless you have a generator and a lot of fuel to power it.
Most of the good food has natural preservatives like vitamin E; so if kept in a cool dry place, it should last a good long time. If you want to prepare for an emergency, I'd be more inclined to dry meat, and store it in vacuum sealed bags. We make jerky, and if I can hide it from the boys, it lasts forever.
Actually you're brought up a very valid concern. With all the talk about a global food shortage and the rationing of grain and meat products, I wonder if that will effect pet foods as well. Might not be a bad idea to plan ahead for stocking up and trying to preserve our dogs and cats food as well. We just might be competeing with Fido for that last bowl of kibble for ourselves.
I don't know of a dog food with a long enough shelf life to stock ahead, but dried meats (as pen suggested) along with some well preserved rice/grain to provide both protein and carbohydrates is the way i'd go. however, we don't stock pile food, so we'd probably end up sharing remnants of canned *whatever* in the case of a long term emergency.
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Catlover, I think any enzymes are destroyed when the kibble is extruded anyway. Some companies will add the enzymes after cooking (Eagle Pack does this). I think the dry meat idea is the best way to go.
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