How To Keep Your Pet’s Food Fresh For Longer

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Food is a very necessary part of keeping our pets healthy. We all know that no matter the type of pet food, there will always be an expiry date. The first step is to pay attention to this little date. Make sure that you purchase a can or bag of pet food that has expiry dates far in the future. When you do this, not only are you buying the packet that lasts the longest, you’re also buying the freshest product on the shelves. Although there are clear expiry dates, these tend to be mutable according to storage conditions.

Make sure to examine the packaging carefully before you make the purchase. Make sure the cans are intact and unopened and the bags aren’t torn anywhere. Here are a few tips you can use to store your dog food so that it remains healthier for longer.

How Should You Store Dry Dog Foods?
Once you get back from the store, how you manage the dog food from here on out can have a large impact on how long it lasts. The rate at which food degrades is based on exposure to light, air, humidity speeds and hot temperatures. To better limit exposure to these factors, keep the dog food in its original packet. You can either reseal the top in between each use, or just roll it back and use a clip to hold the top closed.

Rats and insects are also a threat to the freshness of the pet food. So you could use a plastic or glass bin to store the packet of pet food in, in order to keep it protected from vermin. Keep in mind that in an ideal scenario, dry pet foods should be consumed within six weeks from opening the bag. Make sure your buy packages accordingly or else it will be difficult to keep track of the food.

How Should You Store Canned Foods?
A can that’s left unopened can remain fresh for at least a few years. Just make sure you look at the expiry date beforehand. Once you’ve opened the canned food, store it in the refrigerator and make sure you finish it within seven days of opening. If a can contains more than you can use up in seven days, freeze single portion sizes and thaw them as needed. If you opt to leave your opened can in room temperature, it should be finished within four hours of opening. Take care to clean your pet’s bowl carefully before you pour in the pet food.

Good quality dog foods are often expensive. Don’t let storage mishaps ruin the quality of your very expensive pet food.

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How Do Pets React To The Death Of A Family Member?

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Pets are often confused by little changes in their lives and disruptions to their schedule. So imagine how they must feel when they stop seeing a loved one all of a sudden. Different pets have different reactions to the death of a close family member. Just like how different humans have different stages and methods for grieving.

How do dogs deal with grief?
The first thing you need to know is that although they will get over the grieving phase, they will only do that in their own time. Just be there for them and don’t rush them. Dogs tend to mourn in different ways than cats. There will be a change in his eating and sleeping habits, he will be less inclined to partake in activities without his favorite human, he might even start howling to express his grief. Although it breaks our hearts to see our animal companions so sad, make sure that you don’t accidentally reward his mourning with treats. Try engaging him activities that he enjoys so that you can take his mind off of things.

Give him more attention so that he knows that he’s not going through this alone. However, take care not to badger him. Most animals in this situation wouldn’t want to be coddled. Just let him know that you’re there for him with your presence.

How do cats grieve?
Cats are just as affected by the death of a loved one as dogs are. Although they may seem distant and aloof, they still get attached to their caregivers. Change is especially hard for cats. Some grieving cats tend to lose all sense of routine when a loved one dies. They take to spraying pungent urine all over the house instead of using the litter box. Although not all cats do this, it’s a very likely possibility. If there is a change in her eating habits, then that’s also a sign that she’s grieving. Cats love their daily schedules and even a mild change in that should indicate to you that there is something wrong.

She might also be vocal about her emotions. Although cats can’t talk, they tend to vocalize their feelings through yowling and meowing. Especially during the night when it’s dark out. They could also start suffering from a form of OCD. They wither start grooming themselves excessively or they stop. Over-grooming leads to a significant loss of fur and sometimes even skin irritations when she overdoes it.

Cats are also likely to change their sleeping patterns. When something big is missing from their everyday lives, it’s a big change for them – and one that takes time to get used to. Make sure you don’t rush the process. Give her as much time as she needs to mourn.

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Pet Blog Post Ideas to Kick off the New Year

Welcome to week two of 2018!

How are those New Year’s Declarations coming along?

If one of your 2018 goals was to build your audience by producing quality, consistent content, we’re here with some ideas to help build out your editorial calendar!

Pet Blog Post Ideas to Kick off the New Year

  1. Scope out the 2018 pet-related holidays and themes. From National Bubble Bath Day (that’s today!) to January is Adopt a Rescued Bird Month, there’s something for everyone!
  2. 5 Facts About ___. It can be you, your pets, your blog, anything! In fact, this lends itself to a series and invites engagement. A perfect CTA: Share 5 facts about you/your pets/whatever the topic in the comments below!
  3. My Biggest Pet Peeve as a Pet Parent: For garnering engagement, you can’t beat this topic because everyone has some pretty big pet peeves, no matter what kind of pet they love. (Mine: People letting dogs off leash in on-leash areas!)
  4. Misconceptions about your pet: Whether it’s breed, size, coat color, adoptee, purebred, mutt, and so on, misconceptions about the pets we love abound. Address and dispel!
  5. Techy Pet Care: How do you integrate tech–from apps to wearables–in managing your pet’s care? What do you recommend? What do you not?
  6. A Social Handle Share-a-Thon: Building community around your blog builds success. Share your favorite social channel and invite your readers to do the same in the comments. Then, take a few minutes to follow and engage with them to build loyalty and friendships.
  7. Seasonal Must-Haves: If you gained affiliate income momentum with a range of holiday gift guides, don’t lose traction in the new year! Instead, think about product roundups that are relevant to the season, i.e. winter must-haves to keep dogs safe, your cats’ top-rated litter products, the best enrichment toys for hamsters, etc.
  8. Host a Challenge: Challenges create a ton of excitement among your community members. Events like “7 walks in 7 days” or “trick train your cat in 2 weeks” drive fun and social shares. Bonus tip: Create a unique hashtag around your event!
  9. Capitalize on the color of the year: Pantone names their Color of the Year, which drives a ton of hype on social media. Capture some of the excitement for yourself with a roundup or inspo post. (ICYMI, this year’s color is Ultra Violet.)
  10. List Posts: Love ’em or bored by ’em, list posts drive clicks. Some data indicates that odd-numbered lists and top 10s perform the best, but don’t let that info constrain your creativity. Integrate lists into your editorial calendar on a regular, rotating basis. Some January-friendly list ideas: 9 Ways to Enjoy Winter with Your Pet, 17 Must-Have Pet Products in Pantone’s Color of the Year, Top 10 Myths about Black Cats, and so on.

Your turn!

What’s on your editorial calendar for the month ahead? Any special posts to kick off the new year? If you decide to tackle any of these, please do drop the links in the comments below so we can all visit and engage!

Maggie Marton serves as the BlogPaws senior editor. When not hiking with her two pit mixes, Emmett and Cooper, or playing with Newt the Cat, Maggie writes about them (and the pet industry) at and

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