Canned dog food is a staple in many pet households, but it’s important to understand how long it stays safe and nutritious after its expiration date.
Although the shelf life of canned dog food varies depending on the product and brand, most canned dog food, when stored correctly, will last for up to two years after the printed expiration date.
One factor that impacts the shelf life of canned dog food is the quality of ingredients used in the product. Many owners opt for higher-quality products that use fresher ingredients, which can affect how long the food remains safe to eat. In general, premium brands of canned dog food may have a shorter shelf life than budget brands due to their more natural ingredients.
It’s also important to consider how you store your pet’s canned food. Keeping cans in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight will help extend their shelf life beyond two years past the expiration date.
A pantry or cabinet at room temperature offers optimal storage conditions for most canned foods. If you plan on feeding your pup wet food daily, it’s best to buy small batches at a time so you don’t have cans hanging around past their expiration dates.
However, if you do find yourself with expired cans of wet dog food, there are certain signs that indicate whether or not it’s safe for consumption. If the can has any signs of leakage or bulging, discard it immediately as these are indicators that bacteria has started to form inside the can which makes it unsafe for your pup to eat. Additionally, if you notice any signs of mold growth or an off-putting odor coming from inside the can, discard it as well before feeding it to your pup.
Canned dog food generally stays safe and nutritious up to two years after its expiration date when stored correctly in a cool and dry space away from direct sunlight. However, if there are any signs of leakage or bulging in the can or mold growth or an off-putting odor coming from inside it should be discarded immediately as they are indicators that bacteria has formed inside making it unsafe for consumption.