Understanding Pet Bowls

    Pink, blue, sparkles with a princess crown, rainbow colored bones or fish, metal, plastic or glass are just a few options when picking out your dog or cat’s feeding and water dishes. If you are like me picking out the perfect bowl that matches your pet’s personality can be a big decision. They are our “kids” that we get to pick out their colors and designs and they do not argue or want the other one that you dislike. Let’s admit it, our dogs and cats are just happy to be getting fed and loved. Picking out a design or color is not something we have to question but picking out the material it is made from should be.

What kind of bowl to buy?

    The material that your pet’s bowl is made from will determine how long they last and the sanitary cleanliness of them. Veterinarians recommend that metal, ceramic or glass dishes be used and to stay away from plastic. The downfall of plastic dishes is that they are easily micro scratched by hard food and while eating. These micro scratches are ideal hiding spots for bacterial and food particles. You may be thinking that you clean your pet’s bowls with dishwashing soap and a sponge but sponges and even other scrubbers cannot fully get into these scratches or get behind pieces of plastic. These food and bacterial particles will build up and eventually get into your dog’s mouth through their saliva and fresh food in the dish putting them at risk of illness. Metal, ceramic and glass bowls do not break down allowing cleaning to be easy and sanitary.

How to clean my pets bowl

    Now that you have the perfect bowl picked out that’s made from metal, ceramic or glass your pet is all set to start enjoying their meals. After each meal cleaning your pet’s bowl should be done immediately. Veterinarians say that pet bowls should be treated like human dishes. We don’t eat out of the same dish daily without cleaning it after each use and neither should your pets. How your pets bowl should be cleaned is based significantly on their food.


Hard Food These bowls can be rinsed out after each meal with a full cleaning weekly
Wet Food Bowls should be scrubbed down with dishwasher soap to remove any food that may be caked-on before it’s dry
Raw Food Treat these bowls like they have salmonella and E. coli on them. Intense cleaning with soap after each meal followed by you washing your hands separately when done


Bowls can also be placed in the dishwasher when cycles are run to give them a deep cleaning.

What about water bowls?

    Water bowls should be treated such as hard food bowls given that fresh water is given to your pet daily. Each morning rinse their water bowl out then wipe it down with a paper towel before putting new water in with a deep cleaning weekly. If your pet is long haired then cleaning should be increased. Pets with long hair around their mouths will often obtain different particles and bacteria in their fur. When drinking, these particles are distributed to their water and contaminating it. It is recommended that these bowls be cleaned halfway through the day and be given a good scrubbing every other day.

Stylish and safe bowls

    Now that you know the importance of what kind of bowls to get for your pets you can either go out and pick out new stylish and safe bowls for them or if you already have bowls that are veterinarian recommended you can understand the importance of clean bowls. To carry on the clean and safe bowls policy when you are traveling biodegradable bowls are an easy and cheap solution with them being found on Amazon for large packages under $20. As always if you are ever unsure about a product to use for your pet contact your veterinarian.


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