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How to Keep Mice Away from Dog Food: 3 Expert Tips & Tricks

Written by: Luxifa Le

Last Updated on April 5, 2024 by Dogster Team

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How to Keep Mice Away from Dog Food: 3 Expert Tips & Tricks

Mice are rarely a welcome guest in your home. Not only are they destructive beyond belief, but also they’re highly tenacious. Once you have a mouse infestation, you’ll have quite a time trying to get rid of it.

Here are some tips and tricks for keeping these little scavengers out of your dog’s food.

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How to Keep Mice Away from Dog Food

1. Keep Your Dog’s Food in a Sealed Container

Perhaps the most essential tip anyone can give regarding keeping mice out of your dog food or any belongings, really, is to keep those belongings in a sealed container. Metal containers are the best option for people with a mouse problem. Plastic is okay, but metal is the best since mice can chew through plastic easily.

Keeping food in the original cardboard boxes or paper bags will do nothing to deter the mice from shredding the container and getting to the tasty treats stored within. If you have a mouse problem, you absolutely must invest in an airtight bin for your pet food.

Once mice have found a reliable food source, they’ll return for more. So, securing your dog’s food will be imperative to quelling the infestation. Make sure you replace any food raided by mice, including dog food. Mice often carry diseases and pathogens that can be passed to you or your dog.

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2. Don’t Leave Food Out Overnight

Leaving any kind of food out overnight is pretty much a surefire way to get mice, regardless of whose food is being left out.

No matter how much your dog begs and whines, you must pack up all the food when it’s time for bed. Mice are most active at night, and they will climb right into your dog’s bowl to bask in the spoils of war if you leave food out overnight.

If your mouse problem is on the extreme end of the spectrum, you may even see mice during the daytime. When an infestation gets particularly bad, the mice will become more aggressive in their search for food because there are too many tiny mouths to feed.

3. Only Provide Wet Food at Scheduled Mealtimes

Wet food is especially attractive to mice. Mice are opportunistic carnivores, meaning that when presented with animal proteins convenient to get a hold of, mice will take advantage of the opportunity and eat it. However, most mice very rarely actively hunt other animals.

Wet dog food doesn’t just turn on that opportunistic carnivorous drive in mice. It’s also moist and smelly, which makes it very easy to find for creatures with strong senses of smell like mice.

Providing your dog wet food on a schedule will ensure that they’re a member of the Clean Plate Club. So they won’t leave any food lying around for pests to get into.

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Final Thoughts

Mice can quickly become an impossible force to be reckoned with. So, it’s best to control the situation as soon as possible. Using these methods, you should be able to stem the mouse problem, or at least keep your dog’s food safe!

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