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Invisible Monsters in Your Pet’s Bowls?

Invisible Monsters in Your Pet’s Bowls?

Editor’s note: This post is a Care2 favorite, back by popular demand. It was originally posted on June 9, 2014. Enjoy!

If you simply top off your pet’s water dish, you could be creating a monster that will attack your pet from the inside out.

If indoor bowls aren’t palatable, pets won’t hesitate to drink rainwater from unsafe sources

Many of us are guilty of simply refilling the water bowl when it gets close to empty, but the water that sits around will form a slimy residue that hosts dangerous bacteria and fungus that can begin to grow. Some pet guardians may not even notice that their pet will start shying away from a dirty water bowl and become mildly dehydrated or, worse yet, seek water from unsafe areas indoors or out.

And what about the food dish? No, licking the bowl ‘clean’ isn’t a possibility. Please be kind.

Plastic Bowls Are a Bad Idea

Plastic bowls trap odor and bacteria and can also leach BPA, a carcinogenic compound.

Food and water dishes should be made from stainless steel, heavy glass or ceramic and should be washed daily. Plastic dishes may contain a hazardous substance called BPA which leaches into your pet’s water and is a known carcinogen. This can break down further in the dishwasher. Plastics also absorbs odors and become unpleasant to a pet’s sensitive sense of smell.

Three Best Ways To Wash Your Pet’s Bowls Daily

Food and water bowls should be cleaned daily. Do NOT use harsh cleaners that can leave behind residue and odor.

If you have bowls that are already beyond salvaging, why not start fresh with a new set of bowls and choose from one of these easy daily washing techniques.

1. Run them through the hottest cycle of the dishwasher to get them really clean and sterilized.

2. Wash and thoroughly rinse with dish detergent and a clean abrasive sponge to release all organic material from the sides of the bowls.

3. Try scrubbing with a mix of equal parts baking soda, salt and warm water.

Helpful Tips For Keeping Your Pets Happy & Healthy

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1:00PM PDT on May 27, 2015

Thank you

7:41AM PDT on May 12, 2015

Thank you for sharing.

6:28PM PDT on Apr 27, 2015

Good reminders for proper hygiene. Thanks for sharing.

3:13PM PDT on Apr 17, 2015

thanks for the useful article.

7:52PM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

Great pictures of cats and dogs, some are yuky dishes, don't know how people can their pets eat and drink from them, turns my stomach.

7:50PM PDT on Apr 16, 2015

Great article, always wash Saff's dishes everyday, don't laugh he has a glass that he drinks his water from, laps it and sometimes he puts his paw in there and then licks his paw. One crazy cat. Thank you for sharing.

7:32AM PDT on Apr 7, 2015

I use for my cats only porcelain small bowl and they are dishwasher safe.

7:58AM PDT on Mar 29, 2015

Grazie delle informazioni.

12:50PM PDT on Mar 28, 2015

My cats dishes are cleaned every day. Who wants to eat or drink from a dirty container?

7:10PM PDT on Mar 27, 2015

Washing is great just make sure to rinse well. Never had a pet sick from dirty bowls.

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