How Often Should You Clean Your Dog’s Bowl?

stainless steel pet food bowlIn General, cleaning water and food bowls every day is the best – and if you’re feeding them wet food, you definitely should Wipe your dog’s bowls down after every meal . If you are giving your pets dry food, please at least do a warm water rinse every day and clean the pet bowls with soap and water at least every few days.

Food and Water Dishes Should be Washed Daily

Although most dogs lick their food bowls clean, the microscopic residue that is left behind harbors multiple types of bacteria, including Salmonella and E. Coli. If your dog eats dry food, bowls should be washed once per day, after the final meal of the night. For dogs that consume wet or raw food, it is necessary to wash and sanitize the bowls after every meal. Water bowls should also be cleaned daily, in order to prevent the growth of molds, yeast, algae, and fungi. One of the most common types of bacteria found in water bowls is Serratia Marcesens, which forms a pink slime and causes infections such as pneumonia.

How to Disinfect Pet Food and Water Bowls?

Bowls should be washed similarly to human dishes. If washing the bowl by hand, use hot, soapy water and a soft rag or sponge. Avoid anything abrasive, such as a wire cloth, in order to decrease the risk of scratching the bowl’s surface. Always use soap, as simply rinsing the bowl in hot water has been proven ineffective. Avoid using strong smelling soaps and detergents as those smells can linger on your pet’s food bowl and cause them to lose their appetite. Additionally, if the soap or detergent isn’t completely rinsed off, the remaining scum could be toxic to your pup.Another option is to place the bowl in the dishwasher, which will ensure complete sanitization.Once a week it’s a good idea to sterilize the bowl by running it through the dishwasher on high heat. If you really want your dog bowls clean, you could do this every day, but who really has the time for that?

In Review:
Clean your dog’s bowls down at least once a day.
Wipe your dog’s bowls down after every meal if you feed them wet food.
Run your dog’s bowls through the dishwasher on hot once a week.
Avoid strong smelling soaps and detergents when cleaning your dog’s bowls.

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