Ensuring the right nutrition for your pet dogs is crucial to guaranteeing their optimum health. Unlike their cousins in the wild, these domesticated canines are largely dependent on us to provide them with the right types and amounts of food. Equally important is the maintenance of the freshness of their food so that its nutrient quality is preserved. Storing dog food in appropriate containers also helps prevent the foodstuffs from going stale, making it more palatable to pooches every time they feed. Choosing an air-tight should help you lock in the flavors and freshness of canine kibbles. To get you started in the selection process, you may want to begin by taking a look at the 8 best dog food containers we have researched.
With a corner mouth that helps facilitate the removal of dry kibbles in 2 ways, the Vittles Vault Outback 40 is a dog food holder that’s ingeniously designed to be highly stackable. Because the mouth is positioned at an angle facing forward, you can easily stack one on top of another and still retain access to all of your pet’s various kibbles without having to remove the container above it. This variant of Vittles Vault is perfect for homes with multiple pets so each one can have its own container.
One feature that the Vittles Vault has that is not found in other systems is that it comes with a twist cap instead of the usual snap lock. Most dog owners find this mechanism to be more airtight than others. The only downside is that the container itself is not transparent or at least translucent. Nevertheless, it should not be a problem since the angle of the spout allows for easy visualization of contents.
Multipurpose, stackable storage container
Heavy-duty container and airtight spinning lid lock mechanism
Lock-Down secure double gaskets
Lid positioned at a 45-degree angle from body of container
Ergonomic, molded-in, comfortable handles
Maximum storage capacity: 40 lbs
Made of premium-quality, BPA-free, BPS-free, food-grade materials
Simple yet highly convenient, the 3-Piece Airtight Food Container by IRIS is perfect for storing both large and small amounts of pet food, as it comes with a 33-quart container that can hold up to 25 pounds and a 12-quart container that holds up to 10 pounds. Both containers are airtight thanks to snap latches, keeping moisture, humidity and various pests out of your dog’s food. The smaller storage container perfectly stacks on the larger one, which is great for easy storing as the whole set doesn’t take up much space despite holding a lot of food. The base unit also has wheels so you don’t have to bother with hauling heavy containers – just roll the unit to wherever you need it. Finally, the set includes a handy 2-cup food scooper which, along with the containers, is BPA free.
2 plastic, airtight and stackable containers
33-quart holds 25 pounds, 12-quart holds 10 pounds
1 2-cup food scooper
Snap-lock latches keep moisture out of food
The base unit has wheels, easy to maneuver
Durable, BPA-free construction
If you’re not really a fan of plastic and would like something sturdier, more elegant, then siimplehuman’s metal dog food container is a great bet. Made of premium stainless steel with an elegant brushed finish, the simplehuman comes with its own unique scoop that can be mounted onto the container’s magnetic lid. Its stainless steel handle also serves to lock the lid tight so that moisture, pests, and dirt won’t be getting inside its 25-, 30-, or 40- litter compartment. Unlike the IRIS though, the simplehuman only comes with 2 rear wheels. However, this should be enough to move it anywhere around the house. It’s a bit pricey, too, costing you more than $100. At any rate, your only consolation is in its superbly durable and healthier design.
Multipurpose, hygienic, and elegant pet food storage container
Made with heavy-duty, premium-quality, brushed stainless steel
BPA-free, removable inner bucket
Ergonomic lock-tight handle
Built-in rear wheels
Maximum storage capacity: 32 lbs
With free magnetic lid-mounted pet food scoop
The Gamma2 Vittles Vault Outback 50 is pretty much the same as the Outback 40 except that the mouth of the 50 is located on top, like conventional containers. While it is stackable, it doesn’t really afford the convenience of getting instant access to canine kibbles should you decide to put more than one dry pet food storage container on top of another. Just look at the Outback 50 as a plastic squarish jar that comes in a heavy duty design complete with molded-in handles for ease of carry without creating an unnecessary bulge on its sides.
This way you can arrange several Outback 50s side by side and be confident there won’t be any space that’s wasted. It isn’t see-through, though, and doesn’t come with the angled mouth that can facilitate easier viewing of the contents. Nevertheless, it is still a pretty popular container especially for those who require high capacity vessels.
Multipurpose, stackable storage container
Heavy-duty container and airtight screw-top lid
Ergonomic, comfortable handles
Maximum storage capacity: 50 lbs
Made of premium-quality, food contact-safe materials
With free feed scoop
What’s the difference between the IRIS Premium and the regular IRIS canine food storage? Well, aside from the fact that the Premium version of IRIS is a bit more expensive than its regular counterpart, it also comes with a more durable construction that some would call more rigid. It is this structural rigidity that makes the IRIS Premium a great choice especially if you want a see-through type of container design. Its snap latch system also helps ensure a tighter seal around its rim so you can feel safe your mutt’s kibbles stay drier longer. It also has a more elegant design which actually widens at the top for easier cleaning because of its tapered design. For best results, it’s recommended that your mutt’s dry kibbles be placed in their original packaging before being inserted into the IRIS Premium.
Multipurpose airtight plastic food storage container
Moisture-resistant snap-lock latch system
Maximum storage capacity: 55 lbs
With rolling caster wheels
Easy to clean and maintain
Heavy-duty, BPA-free construction
Call it a gigantic water pitcher, but the Buddeez is actually an ingenious way of pouring dry kibbles into your mutt’s food bowl. The Buddeez allows you to put a whole bag of your pooch’s favorite kibbles without having to remove it from its bag. During feeding, simply flip the lid, hold the Buddeez by its integrated handle at the side, and tip it over your dog’s bowl. Since you’re not really removing the pet food from its manufacturer’s packing, you are able to ensure longer-lasting freshness. This is perfect for those who are afraid of their pet’s food getting in contact with plastics, although Buddeez is guaranteed to be free from BPA. With its size and unique design, you’d think the Buddeez will cost you a fortune. Surprisingly, it will only cost you a little over $10!
Bag Gripper Lid mechanism for bag-in storage solution
Dual-Pour Flip Top pouring system
Maximum storage capacity: 22 lbs
Durable, BPA-free construction
Made with FDA-approved food contact-safe materials
With secure lockable measuring cup
Looking for a really cute dog food container? How about the Paw Prints canine dog food container that comes with an interesting bone design? And if you’re not a fan of doggie bones you can always opt for its word-themed variant. The Paw Prints comes with an unusual, almost odd design since it closely resembles the waste basket that we have in the office. The only thing missing is the foot pedal that allows you to open its lid. Kidding aside, the Paw Prints is a great addition to a home that has a more chic atmosphere. It comes with a scoop that measures 1 cup and one which easily locks into place underneath the lid of the bin. It also has hidden casters to help provide for amore aesthetic design while allowing for movability. The lid comes with gaskets for optimum sealing.
Adorable bone design
Multipurpose storage container
Airtight gasket-sealed lid
Maximum storage capacity: 26 lbs
With rolling caster wheels
Durable, BPA-free construction
With secure lockable measuring cup
Made from BPA-free heavy-duty plastic, with a stackable design, the Bergan’s Smart Storage is a no-nonsense pet food container. It’s dent-proof and rust-resistant, so perfect for both indoor and outdoor use. There are three sizes available, and the 50-pound model comes with one of the largest top openings on the market or easy access. While not airtight, the storage container does a solid job at keeping the food fresh and safe as the top opening closes neatly. This also helps with pet food smell as it stays right inside the container. As a bonus, the unit is compact and stylish, so easy to store wherever you find convenient.
Made of BPA-free, durable plastic, stackable design
The 50-pound model is ideal for multi-pet households
Not airtight but good at keeping the food fresh
Food can be accessed even when containers are stacked
Available in 3 sizes
Compact and cute, the Tightvac Pawvac is perfect for storing smaller amounts of pet food or treats. The container has a unique vacuum sealed closure system which allows moisture to escape while keeping the food dry and safe. It’s great for storing not only treats and snacks, but pet food too when you’re camping, hiking or traveling with your dog. Importantly, the entire container is made of BPA-free plastic so it’s perfectly safe for all pets. Being that it’s so compact, the container can easily be stored anywhere – in the kitchen, pantry, even your backpack. There are various sizes and designs available, and this (TV6) model can hold up to 2.5 pounds of food.
Made of food-grade BPA-free material
Compact and easy to store
Push-button vacuum system
Available in several sizes and designs
Ideal for traveling
For most folks, getting a dog food container is not necessary since there are other storage solutions that can do the job of storing their pet’s diet. However, there are many reasons why you may want to use a purposely-designed and built dog food container. Here are a few of the more compelling reasons for getting one for your pet dog:
Any kind of food has an expiration date. Regardless of how ingenious or advanced the technologies are involved in food processing and packaging, pet food is still subject to degradation the moment it has been opened from its original packaging. The reason is quite simple. You are now exposing the pet food to the various elements present in the environment. The exposure of dog food to air alone can already initiate a series of chemical reactions known as oxidation which effectively undermines the quality and quantity of the nutrients contained in each kibble of dog food.
Not only is pet food at the mercy of air. It is also at risk for increased spoilage and the possible growth and proliferation of mold, mildew, and other organisms. This is because once pet food has been opened you are also introducing it to moisture or humidity. And if you live in a very humid environment you risk contaminating your dog’s food with these microorganisms.
Here are always pests to think about. Cockroaches, ants, rodents, flies, and other pests can have a heyday with your pet’s food if it is not stored properly. These organisms can contaminate your dog’s food by bringing with them various microorganisms as they feast on these kibbles.
Purposely-built airtight dog food storage containers can help address all of these problems. While there is no way to keep your dog’s food from spoiling, at least you will be able to prolong its lifespan. That way you don’t need to buy dog food more often than you should.
Most dog food storage containers are designed with translucent walls. These are ideal for pet parents who may not be that very systematic or organized in the tracking or monitoring of their pet food supply. If you don’t use such systems, you will have to open the container every now and then just to check if Fido still has plenty of chow left or if it is already time for a refill.
While you can actually check the fed levels every time you feed your dog, there are some of us who simply overlook such simple things or we tend to forget. Having a clear- or translucent- walled pet food storage container can help you determine how much dog food is left in the container before you need to top it off with a fresh batch.
There are dog food storage solutions that are part of a system. This can be exceptionally useful if you have a multi-pet household or you wish to give a variety of diets for your pet dog. In such instances, you will benefit a lot from the organizational effectiveness of certain dog food storage containers, especially those that can be stacked one on top of another. If there is a way to organize your pets’ nutritional needs, why not, right?
One of the clear advantages of kibbles over canned or wet dog food is that they don’t spoil easily. Their lifespan, once opened is generally longer than that of the canned versions of dog food. Of course, if you refrigerate an already-opened canned dog food, it can last about a week or so. Still, it is no match for the lifespan of a kibble once its packaging has been opened. So, how long do kibbles last once the bag has been opened?
It is generally accepted that dog kibbles can last only up to 2 weeks, max, once the bag has been opened. If you can remember what we said above about oxidation, this is the main reason why kibbles can last only 2 weeks once fully opened from their packaging.
Dog foods have oils that are dehydrated with the rest of its ingredients. Once the dog food has been opened, oxygen rushes in and interacts with these oils, leading to oxidation of the oils. This is what causes these oils to turn rancid and give your dog food the characteristic scent of rotten food.
It is true that the dry food manufacturing process also involves the addition of antioxidant preservatives, such as mixed tocopherols. Unfortunately, every time you open your bag of dry kibble, these antioxidants eventually get oxidized, too. This can lead to molecular changes in the fats contained in dog food, especially omega-3 essential fatty acids. Rancid oil can bring more harm than what the essential fatty acid is supposed to provide. Omega-3 fatty acids protect your dog’s heart. A rancid omega-3 fatty acid can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease in your dog.
You may also like our guide on the Best Dry Dog Food.
The way we handle the food of our pets can make a huge difference in the amount of time that these stay fresh. More importantly, how we handle and store their food can have a significant impact on the nutritional profile of these foodstuffs. And if you’re lost as to how to do it, here are some tips to keep your dog food fresh.
This may sound counterintuitive but it actually makes perfect sense. The whole point about putting dry kibbles into their respective packaging is that these are essentially protected from outside interference. Many of these foodstuff packaging comes with special formulations to help ensure the freshness of the pet food for the longest time possible. Not only are these designed to retain optimum freshness, they are also helpful in keeping out the elements.
You might think that once the bag or package has been opened, it already loses this particular protective function. To a certain degree, yes; but, not entirely. If you take responsibility for maintaining the freshness of these pet foodstuffs, you can still ensure their freshness. Just use appropriate gadgets or devices that will help you close and seal the opening of the package. There are also certain pet foodstuffs that come with resealable packaging. This can be a wonderful feature to look into.
More importantly, the original packaging contains information about the foodstuff such as the date it will expire, its batch code, and even its barcode. This is important because you will never know when there’s going to be a canine food recall. At least, you’ll have all the information you need.
Don’t ever forget to close or reseal the packaging of your pet’s food after every feeding. This is to help prevent exposing the foodstuff to air and humidity. An increase in moisture content of dry kibbles can lead to a much faster degradation of the quality of the foodstuff. Moreover, moisture favors the growth and proliferation of harmful microorganisms like fungal species. Exposing it to air can also increase the risk of contamination with bacterial species. Together – air and humidity – these can lead to the contamination of the pet food with Salmonella.
Salmonellosis in canines often leads to gastroenteritis and spontaneous abortions, although pooches with significantly compromised immune systems can easily develop septicemia or massive infection in the blood. This disease is often characterized by fever, lethargy, vomiting, anorexia, dehydration, and weight loss. If it becomes severe enough such as when there is septicemia, shock may result.
Exposing your dog food to sunlight is also a big no-no as it can have the same effect as in exposing the foodstuff to air and moisture.
There is this somewhat unnerving behavior among some pet owners whereby they mix old dog food with a newly opened one. They think that mixing will help transfer some of the freshness of the new to the old and help lessen the stale flavor and scent of the old. Unfortunately, this line of thinking is not only illogical but also plain and simple stupidity. Mixing old kibbles with new ones can lead to tainting of the new kibbles. That is why it is recommended to completely empty the old bag first before you even open a new pack. Just make sure it is still not expired.
Remember what we said about not exposing kibbles to moisture and air? To be more specific, you need to store your dog’s food in a dry and cool environment that has a temperature no higher than 100OF. This helps lock-in the vitamins and fats that are found in kibbles. If these are exposed to temperatures higher than 100OF, you are technically increasing the rate at which vitamins are destroyed and fats are oxidized. Unfortunately, not only is this going to affect your pet’s general health, it will not also be friendly to your nose as it will be very rancid. Do take note that if you store kibbles in areas where the temperature is higher than 120OF for at least 24 hours, you’re accelerating the destruction or degradation of vitamins.
If you have wet dog food or those that come in cans, you can store them in an area where the temperature is between 50 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit if you haven’t opened them yet. Don’t ever freeze your canned dog food because this changes the taste and texture of the pet food. If you’ve already opened them, there’s no choice but to consume all the content within 5 to 7 days. You can also store the leftover in the ref within the 5 to 7-day period but with a temperature of 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. If you left it in the open with a temperature above 50OF, you only have 4 hours to have your pet consume all of it.
Only a container that has superbly airtight closure or lids will help prevent the exposure of your pet’s food to air and moisture. Choosing the best one for your pet should take into consideration the need for preventing moisture buildup.
Making sure our pet pooches receive only the freshest, most nutritious pet food is crucial to maintaining their optimum health. These 8 best dog food containers, while they come in various prices and designs, should be a great starting point to choose one that fits your needs.
While all the products on our Top List are good options, the Vittles Vault Airtight Stackable Dog Food Container is our Top Choice. Here’s why: it’s airtight and 100% odor resistant, keeping pet food safe and fresh down to the last scoop. Since it has a unique spinning lock system, dogs can’t get into the food, yet you always have easy access. Thanks to its ingenious design, it’s also easy to stack and store, making it perfect for multi-pet households. Equally important, the container is made of food grade materials, so it’s BPA and BPS-free, perfectly safe for storing both pet and human food. All of these features make the Vittles Vault one of the best food containers on the market.