Homemade Dog Food (cont.)

Homemade Dog Food: Shelf-life and Storage

Commercially prepared foods have a long shelf life. Not so with homemade meals, Abood says. “It's a ‘pro' that you're choosing fresh ingredients; it's a ‘con' that you don't have a long shelf life.”

For small dogs, owners can concoct a big batch, freeze it, and pull out portions as needed. “It's going to last for quite a while,” Abood says. But meals for big dogs are best stored in the refrigerator because, as Abood says, “It's going to be gone in two or three days.”


Sarah Abood, DVM, PhD, assistant professor of small animal clinical sciences, Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Claudia Kirk, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVIM, professor of medicine and nutrition, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.

FDA: “Melamine Pet Food Recall - Frequently Asked Questions”

Vetinfo.com: “Toxins That Affect Dogs”