Packaging’s Critical Role In Safe Dog Food

Ensuring that we are providing our dog’s with food that is safe, is always a given. As pet owners we put a lot of energy into researching and being aware of what ingredients are going into our dog’s food. However, what most pet owners aren’t unaware of, is that the quality of the nutrients accessible to your dog is completely reliant on how well it has been packaged.

Across the pet food industry, the packaging options are endless and whilst the pet food manufacturers claim to design the packaging for consumer convenience, the highest priority is to get the job done and keep the cost down, which often comes at an expense to the quality of the food.

Currently there are three prominent ways to package raw dog food:

THE OPTIONS

PACKAGING OPTION PROS CONS
Plastic Containers

Easy portioning options for larger dogs.

Easy to reuse.

Small containers are easy to stack in larger freezers.

Less mess involved in serving.

Do not need an additional defrosting container.

Low quality material that breaks easily.

Not always convenient for smaller dogs.

Plastic Rolls

Can be used for bulk purchases.

Easy for feeding larger dogs.

Excess leakage of moisture when defrosting.

Messy when serving.

Can not be resealed.

Trays with Patty Inserts

Easy portioning for smaller dogs.

Do not need an additional defrosting container.

Not convenient for larger dogs.

Can not be resealed.

 

THE BIGGER PROBLEM

When you look at this list, you can probably identify with these pros and cons. What you don’t see, is the air that is present in all three of these packaging options, which triggers the decomposition of enzymes to the product’s nutrients and the level of bacteria growth. As the majority of raw dog food is purchased frozen, its usually when you see the tiny ice crystals forming inside the packaging that you would assume the damage has begun. WRONG. The damage starts as soon as that packet is sealed without removing the air.

 

BACTERIA AND RAW DOG FOOD

Raw food is incredibly high in moisture content and because of this, it is far more susceptible to bacteria growth. Bacteria requires a certain amount of moisture to multiply. When bacteria reproduce and multiply, they break down organic enzymes, such as chlorophyll in plants and iron containing pigments in protein, and leave behind ammonia, amines, sulfides, and organic acid buildups that cause discolouration, rancid odors, and slimy residues. They not only ruin the taste, appearance, and texture of the food, but also cause serious illness. These types of bacteria are obligate bacteria, which means they require oxygen to metabolize food and reproduce.

 

HOW DO WE MANAGE THIS?

That Pet Food Co. packaging was formulated from understanding the pros and cons of the packaging designs currently on the market. Through trial and error, extensive research and a few varying opinions, a packaging solution was designed to not only allow for pet owners to experience convenience, however ultimately serve a product that is SAFE for their dog.

 

WHAT WE DO THAT IS DIFFERENT

All That Pet Food Co. products are vacuumed sealed. Vacuum sealing protects food from freezer burn and dehydration. By using a vacuum sealed bag, it keeps food out of contact with the air, so the moisture inside can’t evaporate. Freezer burn occurs when water sublimates inside the food. The ice crystals inside transform into water vapor and it is then drawn up to the surface of the food, where it either freezes again and or escapes into the surrounding air.

Naturally all fresh food is considered a perishable, meaning unless it is subject to some kind of method of preservation, it will in due time deteriorate. Vacuum sealing food not only assists with ensuring minimal bacteria growth, but it assists with the natural preservation of food.

 

WHAT REALLY MATTERS

When you buy dog food, keep in mind all the elements that make up the ENTIRE product, from quality of ingredients, shelf preservation, and finally how the packaging might affect the food. More often than not, enzyme break down and bacteria growth has already begun before you’ve even purchased the food.

 

At That Pet Food Co., we don’t cut corners, because the dog food we deliver to you, is the dog food we feed our own dogs. We like to have the peace of mind that all the nutrients listed are actually available to our dogs, and so should you.