This tip is part of our resource guide, How To Make Healthy Food Choices For Your Dog, a comprehensive document which covers the following topics: (1) How to select the right foods to purchase and avoid the ones that are not healthy; (2) The foods and ingredients to absolutely avoid; (3) How to scrutinize the ingredients in the food you give your dog; (4) How to do an apples to apples comparison between dog food products to see which ones are healthier; (5) How to choose quality protein sources; (6) …and more. This Resource Guide is in PDF format.

This food health tip will literally take you 20-seconds, maybe less.

Stop reading this right now, go get your dog food and dog treats, and put them in your refrigerator and keep them there.

Easy, huh?

I am the resident Chief Health Officer for our family, and that goes for our dogs, too. It is my job to make all their food, as we feed them a raw dog food diet from ingredients we assemble.

And, it is my job to stay current on all the health research and regulations regarding pet food and treats.

One of the things I learned about the commercial dry food we feed our dogs, whether it's kibble or shelf-stable treats, is that it is not as shelf-stable as we think, goes rancid a lot quicker than we think, and the rancidity is one of the biggest contributors to poor dog health.

But you can slow the degradation process by storing all of that in your refrigerator.

Another tip…try to purchase and use shelf-stable foods and treats within 3-months of manufacture date. As a rule of thumb, look at the best by date on dog food and work backwards 24-months; use 12-months for treat products. That is generally the manufacture date.

Do these two tips above and you will go a long way towards giving your dog healthier food.