Dog Feeding

Vet and Kennel Food Storage Containers

Veterinarians and boarding kennels recommend that you don’t let your pet food get stale and use pet food storage containers.

If you like to buy your pet food in larger quantities, you may worry about it going stale. Though some of the bags it comes in are made to keep the food fresher for a longer period of time, you may have noticed that your beloved pets start to stick their nose in the air at the food you give them when you get towards the bottom of the bag. This is just one of the reasons why pet food storage containers are a good idea not just for animal hospitals and dog boarding kennels, but also for regular families. There are others as well. Shopping for these should not be too hard, as you can get these just about anywhere and in just about any size.

When you are choosing the pet food storage containers that you want to buy, all you have to do is find something that will hold the size of bag you normally buy in cat or dog food from your veterinarian – or whatever food you get for any other types of pet. You may have to do some simple math, but all containers for either pet food or general use have a capacity listed on them. Make sure you get one just big enough for the size you buy. If you may get bigger bags now that you have containers, make sure you keep that in mind. Buying pet food in bulk saves money as pet resorts and kennels will tell you, so you may want to get more at a time now that you have a way to keep things fresh.

Storing pet food to keep it from going stale is not the only reason why you may want to get appropriately sized pet food storage containers. Some pets are not happy if they are not fed as soon as they think they should be, and they rip the bags. Cats are known for this and dogs will knock them over if they can. They can smell the food, and if you are late from work and they are hungry, they may just help themselves. Good, sturdy plastic containers keep the smell contained, which is important for animal hospitals, kennels and residences. Of course, they may figure it out soon enough, but you can more easily put these up high than you can large bags of pet food.

Yet another reason for these get storage containers for pet food is so that you can take your pets with you when you travel and when you go camping if you don’t let the vet clinic or doggie spa take care of them. Hauling around half opened bags of pet food is never a good idea, as they spill way too easily. If you are camping, pet food storage containers are a must if you are going where bears may be lurking. You know to hide your food so they can’t smell it, but you must do the same with your pet food. The scent of it will attract bears, but these containers mask the scent rather well.

Go to any store, veterinary office, cat and dog boarding facility, or look online for pet food storage containers. Most general department and discount stores will have these, as will many pet stores. They all work the same, though the ones you get from pet stores are made with pets and their owners in mind, and may be built a little differently or have a few extra features you won’t find on generic storage units you find elsewhere. See what you like, and don’t forget the scoop.

Elevated Dog Feeder

I always like to predicate my posts by saying: “Ask your veterinarian first.” Your vet clinic should always know best.

I like to think of myself as a conscientious pet owner, which is why I always try to buy only the best products for my two dogs. I don’t mind paying extra money for quality, especially when the health of my pets is at stake. That’s why I buy all-natural premium chow, and that’s why I only use elevated dog feeders at mealtime.

Elevated dog feeders are essentially food and water bowl stands of varying heights that make it easier for your pooch to eat and drink. In addition, there’s usually less mess involved when using elevated dog feeders because pets can’t push these things around like they do when food bowls sit directly on the floor. And, these products are actually better for pets because they promote a more natural eating posture, which helps keep leg muscles and joints in good shape.

Despite all of the benefits associated with elevated dog feeders, I rarely see them available at pet stores in my area. This makes me think that perhaps not enough people are using these products, so I wanted to take this opportunity to help get the word out. Believe me when I say your beloved companions will be better off eating their meals from elevated dog feeders. There really is a noticeable difference!

Anyway, if you’re having trouble finding elevated dog feeders at local pet shops, then I recommend buying them online. Many online retailers stock these wonderful products, and there are a wide variety of styles, shapes, and sizes to choose from. You can go with something as simple as a wood base with hard plastic bowls to something as elegant as a wrought iron frame with stainless steel bowls. Some of these products even come with built-in storage units so you can just fill it with food and let your pooch graze until it’s all gone.

I purchased my elevated dog feeder several years ago, and am happy to say that it’s still performing like a champ. I went with a top-of-the-line model, plus I bought stainless steel bowls to go with it. After all this time, there’s very little evidence of wear and tear, so I definitely feel as though I’ve gotten my money’s worth. But then, I decided that I wanted the personal touch and made my own and retired the purchased feeder. See the picture below. All it took was a piece of plywood, a saber saw and some screws. You can design your own using the simple build I did.

elevated dog feeder

Elevated two dog feeder with water bowl

If you’re like me and would do anything for your pets, then you really ought to start using elevated dog feeders instead of regular bowls. I’m sure your dogs will thank you for it!

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