We wouldn’t eat off a dirty plate or drink out of a dirty glass so why should our pets have to? Research has found that dogs water bowls are the third most contaminated item in our household and this can be very harmful for us and our four legged friends.
Our pet’s bowls is a breeding ground for bacteria and although the bacteria found on every bowl will be different and vary due to factors such as oral hygiene, environment and exposure. Just a few examples include Salmonella, Staphylococcus, E.coli and MRSA.
So how and how often should we wash our pet’s bowls?
Water bowls and eating mats should be washed every day. Food bowls should be washed after every meal. Wash your items thoroughly in hot soapy water with a kitchen sponge. You can always choose to have your own dedicated pet sponge to use only for the pet’s bowls. Make sure to rinse well afterwards. Alternatively, you can pop them in the dishwasher and put it on the highest setting. Do make sure they are dishwasher safe before you do this. I always recommend having spares of everything so while something is drying or being washing you always have clean bowls ready to go.