Cleaning Pet Bowls - Do You Know What is Lurking in Your Dog or Cat Bowls?
When was the last time you washed your pet’s food and water bowls? You may think your pet's bowl is clean once they've licked up their meal, but it's not! In fact, dog and cat bowls are actually one of the most germ-filled places in your home.
The microscopic residue left behind from your pet’s food and saliva is a breeding ground for bacteria. Without frequent washing, a nasty slime called biofilm forms on the bowls. Biofilm can harbor dangerous bacteria such as staphylococcus aureus, streptococcus, salmonella, and more, posing a potential danger to our pet’s health. Even worse, the bacteria can also be transmitted to your family members if you are not washing your pet’s bowls daily.
What to Use to Clean Pet Bowls
Rinsing pet bowls under warm water or wiping them out with a damp cloth is not enough. Washing your pet’s bowls with hot, soapy water and a separate sponge or rag is just one way to get them clean. Make sure to scrub the bowls until all food debris is gone and no slimy residue remains, and allow the bowls to dry completely before using them again.
For the best level of disinfection, run the bowls through the dishwasher on the highest heat setting, as some types of bacteria can withstand warmer temperatures. The PetComfort Stainless Steel Bowls can withstand the extremely hot water temperatures in the dishwasher, ensuring the bowls are completely sanitized and free of any biofilm or bacteria.
Tips for Keeping Your Pet Bowls Clean
How Often Should You Wash Your Pet Bowls?
You wouldn’t feed your family with dirty dishes, so why would you feed your pet using dirty bowls? Be sure to clean your pet’s food and water bowls daily! It’s helpful to have a second set of pet bowls on hand, especially when using the dishwasher. Get in the habit of adding your pet’s bowls to the dishwasher every time you run it.
By purchasing an additional set of WeatherTech Pet Bowls, you will be able to serve each of your pet’s meals in clean bowls while the other set is being washed.
Cleaning your pet's bowls daily will ensure they are protected from harmful bacteria, allowing you and your furry friend to enjoy many more meals together!