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Storing Food For Your Dog


Since our thirteen and a half year old Doberman went over the rainbow bridge this fall, we donated our long term dog food and gave some to neighbors.  I said no more dogs.  We were heartbroken....Not the first time either.....
So, in Nov. I started looking at rescues.  Long story short, Max, a 90 lb German Shepard is coming to join us this Friday.  I have ordered a months worth of the food he has been eating in his foster home.  I am looking for suggestions on long term storage.  Realistically, if we are lucky, he will live around seven years.  I know that people catch fish in their ponds and after cooking them, give the skin to their dogs.  That is one small source, while the supply lasts.  Of course, we have lots of eggs.  Our dog loved cooked vegetables, so, another source.  But, a 90 lb dog burns lots of energy, when not laying in front of the fire.  When things go south, he will have to help patrol.  Would blue barrels with dry ice be as good as anything?  What types of things do you store for your dogs?  How do you store them?  I am going to order extra shampoo. I have a toothbrush for him. Of course I will know more once he is here awhile.  Any suggestions are appreciated.  Do certain brands store better? 

Abigayle. "no more dogs". I see that worked out. We keep about 3 months of store bought food on hand. We prefer the premium brands that have meat as the 1st ingredient. Cheap brands are mostly corn or wheat. I would not store more than 6 months of store bought food. The fats in it can go rancid. You can make your own with rice, chicken, eggs, veggies, fats, broth and it's better for them. There are lots of recipes online. A 90# very active dog should get 3-4 cups a day, not all at once. For less active dogs 3 cups is more that enough. If you follow the feed bags recommendations you will get a fat dog. We have lots of rice, eggs, canned chicken and veggies. If need be, we will make our own food for them. The veggies and broths should be no salt added. Salt is bad for dogs.

Start slowly with the eggs if you feed them!   My Shepherd mix will stink up the house if I feed more than one a day, it's really awful.   Other than that, I'm planning the same as ProGeek but will mix in the human food little by little during the last month of dog food.

Thanks for the above feedback.  I really need some on storage.  I am thinking big blue barrel with dry ice..


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