How the way you store your cat and dog food may be making your sensitive pet's allergies, sensitive skin and or digestions worse!
If your cat or dog has already
experienced issues relating to sensitive skin or digestion, it is especially
important to take extra care in the storage of their food. But why?
The answer lies in storage mites!
Don’t panic, it is highly unlikely
that your pet’s food will arrive in your home containing these microscopic
organisms. It is likely that our pets, and us, will have ingested some form of
these relatively harmless mites in our lifetime and been none the wiser!
However, high sensitisation rates
to the Tyrophagus, Acarus, and Lepidoglyphus species of storage mites have been
reported in atopic (sensitive) animals. This may result in previous symptoms of
sensitivity (such as dry, itchy skin
, recurrent ear infections or digestive
) reappearing or seeming to increase in severity and place extra pressure
on the immune system.
While food may not arrive with
storage mites, they can take up residence when the pack is opened.
Environmental conditions can
certainly influence food contamination and mite development, so taking special
care with the storage of dry food can make a significant difference.
Here are some top tips to help keep your food free from storage mites:
- Keep unopened packs and cans in a cool, dry place away from
condensation, other sources of moisture, direct heat and sunlight.
- Store cans with care to avoid dents and store unopened dry
food packs flat, on a level surface, and away from sharp or rough objects/edges
to avoid damage to the bags.
- Invest in a container to keep your open bag of dry food in. Make
sure all containers have secure lids to keep out contaminants, vermin or greedy
- Decant unused wet food from an opened tin and store in the
fridge (for a maximum 72 hours) or freezer.
- Our dry food can be also frozen in portions too (defrost before
use) and it can also be vacuum packed.
Storage mites seem to favour cereal-heavy, dusty food, so
selecting a high quality product such as Arden Grange
with a moderate
carbohydrate content comprised of potato
or high quality whole grains, a
sensible fat content and a generous portion of protein
may minimise the risk of
If your cat or dog is experiencing sensitivity we would love
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information on the topics of dietary sensitivity
or environmental sensitivity
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