Yes, dog food can expire just like human food, however, at whose instruction must a dog owner take action to through dog food away when the printed expiry date says that the nutritional value of the food has expired?
While the shelf life of dry pet foods can vary from 4 months to 3 years – canned and/or pouched pet food products significantly vary in shelf life with the lowest expiry date ranging from 1 year to 5 years.
The quick answer is yes! dogs can eat expired, with that said, make sure to check the food before feeding your dog for if it has any signs of mold or fungal bacteria.
When we say the expired food here, we are referring to unopened dry dog food that’s only a few months past the expiration.
For as long as it is sealed, dry or canned, it is generally safe for dogs and here is why:
While humans shouldn’t even think of touching a piece of expired food a day after it has expired, a dogs digestive system is different.
In fact, dogs eat dirt or poo to grow bacteria inside their esophagus to aid in digestion. So dogs can handle a lot more than humans can in terms of food and digestion.
Whatever you decide to do, before feeding that dog, this food, check it for mold and bacteria.
Most food we consider to be expired is past its “best by” date, and to that extent, it may not be good for human use, while as for dogs, whose digestive system seem to be more palatable to handle even what human bodies would regard as poisonous.
Having read about all the things that could go wrong with feeding your dog feeble diets, It is understandable that what you feed your dog, should not cause shedding or diarrhea for your dog.
Remember that dogs are domesticated wild animals who scavenged when they did not make a fresh kill. Your refrigerator expired meat is ideal for your dog to eat as dogs can stomach a lot more things that humans considers to be bad.
Dogs who feed on kibble can safely eat your raw meat that has just expired as long as it was refrigerated and anything that is left for later use should always be refrigerated otherwise consumed immediately.