The Effects of Bad Dog Food

The effects of bad dog food can be varied, ranging from digestive problems to skin reactions. The food may go bad while deposited or while staying in the food bowl. The dog may present digestive problems or even toxicity symptoms, depending on how spoiled the food is. Feeding bad dog food for a longer time may also result in skin problems.

The Effects of Bad Dog Food

Dog food can get easily spoiled, depending on how it is deposited. If the food stays outside, the air can oxidize it. Wet food can go bad much faster than dry food.

The dog may present a number of symptoms if eating bad food:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal cramps or pain
  • Lack of appetite
  • Skin rashes
  • Itchy skin

The dog may get a gastrointestinal infection. If the food is toxic the dog may also experience seizures, excessive drooling and may collapse. In this case, the dog needs immediate help from the vet.

In the long run, if the dog is constantly fed food that is spoiled, he may also display a number of additional symptoms:

  • Poor coat and hair condition
  • Hair loss
  • Lethargy and lack of energy
  • More sleeping hours
  • Constipation
  • Weak immune system, making the dog more susceptible to different diseases

These symptoms may indicate other health problems, so you need to get a veterinary checkup. Meanwhile, if you suspect the food may be spoiled, you need to take it for analysis, to reveal the possible bacteria that may be present in the food and to be able to administer suitable treatment.

Preventing Kibble Food from Going Bad

If you want to prevent dog food from going bad you should learn some food depositing basics. If you buy kibble food, make sure not to keep it for more than three weeks. If the food needs to be deposited for longer, buy smaller packages. Deposit the kibble food in sealable containers. Don't use the food if it is moist or has mold or simply doesn't look good. Dry food can stay in the food bowl for no more than 6 to 8 hours.

Wet Food Depositing Basics

Wet food is typically sold in cans. You should get cans that are not larger than the portion of food your dog eats in two days. Once the can is opened, the remaining food should never be kept in the can. It should be transferred to a plastic or ceramic container and kept in the fridge for no more than 24 hours. Wet food cannot stay in the food bowl for more than two hours.

If you prepare your pet's food at home, you should always make sure you get fresh meat and cook it properly, so that it doesn't contain different bacteria that could affect the dog's health.