We’ve all heard about how incredible a dog’s nose is. They have up to 300 million olfactory receptors, whereas humans only have about six. It’s no wonder police sniffer dogs are so effective in detecting drugs and explosives.
But what about our own dogs and treats? Can they smell through odor-proof bags that are supposed to keep their food and herbs fresh?
Ideally, you should store dry pet foods in their original bags to minimize exposure to air which can cause nutrients to break down faster. It also makes it easier to see important information such as the manufacturer, UPC code, lot number and “best by” date. Plastic food containers are a safe option for dry pet foods, as long as you look for ones made of BPA-free plastics and make sure there are no holes in them. Even those that are hard to see often have microscopic holes, which can let odors through. And, of course, dogs can still sniff through jars that appear to be airtight.
Whether natural or processed, snacks are small portions of food that fill you up and give you a burst of energy. They can be salty or sweet or a mix of both. Snacks can be stored in smell-proof bags that are designed to prevent odors from permeating the contents of the bag. While regular sandwich-style bags can also store snacks, they don’t have the mirco pockets of a Formline smell proof bag and may release odors over time. Reusable snack bags are great for the kitchen, storage, home organizing, travel and more. They are BPA-free, phthalate-free, latex-free, and PEVA-free.
If you are a dog owner, use Smell proof bags for your treats to protect them from being sniffed by the dogs. This type of bag is also ideal for trinkets like candy and cookies, or for holding party favors.
Dry dog food can be stored in plastic wrap or a large container, such as a stainless steel pet food canister, to help prevent the foods from becoming rancid. It is important to minimize the amount of air exposure, as this can affect the nutritional content of the food.
Keeping a dry food bag open for extended storage can be dangerous, as the food could become contaminated with rodents or even storage mites. This can cause your dog to have false food allergies, which can be very dangerous. If you must pour the food into a container, make sure to record the manufacturer’s name, UPC code, lot number and “best by” date so it can be tracked in case of a product recall, says Churchill.