For those who’ve worked with me or have heard any of my lectures or webinars, you are aware of my concerns with using dry food exclusively. But a recent feline case reminded me that if you choose to use kibble, please know it does have an expiration date. Plus, without a few basic food safety precautions that expiration date may not be viable, potentially leading to a range of health issues.
Dry food or kibble is made by combining ingredients into a slurry, processed through an extruder under pressure, and then heated to dry. To make the formed pellets palatable, even irresistible, once dried, the food is sprayed with animal fats and digest. What’s not often discussed is the susceptibility of this highly processed food to handling and storage conditions.