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Invisible Monsters in Your Pet’s Bowls?

Invisible Monsters in Your Pet’s Bowls?

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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9:07AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

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4:36AM PDT on Jun 28, 2014

thanks

8:12AM PDT on Jun 22, 2014

liked,note andshared.Thanks

10:35PM PDT on Jun 19, 2014

I wash my cats glass, crystal bowl and ceramic bowl at least once a week...and pour the old water into my plants...they go into the dishwasher when I need to make a full load maybe every 2-3 months but both cats like water from the faucet or rainwater...which we have loads of right now! 4 inches today...flooding in many places....count your blessings

5:36AM PDT on Jun 17, 2014

They are better at digesting this stuff than we are.

8:14PM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

Good reminders; thanks.

5:44PM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

Good tips... Do daily or, at most, every other day. I use baking soda & lemon juice.

9:03AM PDT on Jun 15, 2014

thanks

4:05PM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

Thanks

2:33AM PDT on Jun 14, 2014

Thankfully I give our pets their food and water from Stainless Steel Bowls and wash them thoroughly in detergent and hot water! My only fault is I top up the water bowls and wash out every two or three days so will change that and do daily from here on in! Thanks for the article.

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