Cleaning Pet Water Bowls
Ever rub your fingers on the inside of your pet’s water bowl and you feel a slippery slime of sorts?
It’s time to clean your pet’s water bowl. There is a collection of organic and inorganic, living and dead materials collected on the surface of your pet’s water bowls called biofilm. This is both good AND bad bacteria. Even though dogs and cats constantly lick their bowls clean, that doesn’t substitute for cleaning your pet’s food and water dish after every meal.
What can you do?
- Wash and scrub both the water and food dishes with hot water and soap.
- Running them through the hottest cycle of the dishwasher to get them clean and sterilized is the best method.
Stainless steel or heavy plastic “crock-style” dishes are best for frequent cleaning: They last forever. Fortunately, cleaning pet water bowls is easy with stainless steel bowls which are simple to clean and sanitize, and their nonporous surface helps keep bacteria away.
For additional safety tips for your pets see: