Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Take 5 for your Pet's Health

   How often do you wash your dishes? Most likely the answer is after every meal. Can you imagine having to eat all of your meals out of one dish that hardly ever got washed? It sounds gross and certainly not something that we would enjoy. Now ask yourself when was the last time that you washed your pet’s food and water bowls out with soap and hot water. If it is longer than yesterday, please stop reading this, take five minutes and go wash them. I’ll wait for you. Thanks, they’ll appreciate it. Okay, let’s talk about why it is so important to clean your pet’s bowls.

   We refresh their drinking water throughout the day whenever we see that it is low or yucky with dog slime. We’re usually in a hurry so we pour out the water in the sink and refill the bowl straight from the tap. Before you realize it, it is time to change their water or feed them again. It’s the same routine day after day. Oops, you forgot to wash out their bowls…again. They are staring at you and eagerly awaiting their bowls to be set down. It won’t hurt to wash them later. You’ll remember, right? Maybe not and before you know it, they have been eating and drinking out of bowls that haven’t been washed in a week. 
  Does it really matter to your dog if the bowl is a little yucky around the edges? After all, this is the same dog that you’ve caught drinking out of the toilet and eating disgusting things in the yard. The truth is that even if they don’t seem to care; you should. According to the NSF (National Sanitation Foundation) ranking, our dog’s bowls are the fourth dirtiest spot in our home.  Not only can it make for a dirty area, but 45% of pet bowls harbor E. coli, Salmonella, and Yeast/Mold.  

   Our dogs are adorable, but some of them have rather nasty habits. If they happen to lick their feet or more private parts before drinking, those germs are transferred to the water. They eat their food and then drink some water. You’ve probably seen bits of food floating around in the dish after they quench their thirsts. This can cause a slimy residue to begin forming. 
How to Clean Your Dog’s Bowls
·       Wash them by hand with hot water and a mild detergent. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry.
·       Check to see if the bowls are dishwasher safe. If you use plastic bowls, be sure to put them on the top rack so they don’t melt.
·      Homemade cleanser works well. Mix Baking soda, warm water, and salt in equal parts to form a paste.  
·       Scrub the bowls in a circular motion, washing both the inside and outside.
 The NSF recommends soaking the bowls for 10 minutes with one part bleach and warm water. *Follow this with a complete washing and rinsing.
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  1. I have to clean all bowls more than once per day... the waterbowl often looks like a puddle here LOL

  2. Mom washes our food bowls after each meal and every few days they go in the dishwasher. Our water bowls get cleaned before each refill too. It's a lot of work, but worth it for us she says.

  3. Our bowls are cleaned 3-4 times each day and even our feral pals get clean bowls 2 times each day.

  4. Oops...the mom isn't very good about washing our water dish with soap and water. She mostly uses her hand with some water. We're going to make her change.

  5. Mom washes my dishes twice a day after she washes the breakie and dinner dishes! I refuse to drink dirty water!

  6. Thanks for the reminder--I do get careless.

  7. My bowls go into the dishwasher every day.

  8. The Hubby has a two-sided sink: one side for cat bowls, the other for all human washing. The cats get a fresh bowl for every meal, including The 'O' Cats! The sink is his domain; I am only allowed to place used cat bowls there, and to fill water bowls.

  9. Great reminder!! I'm going to go wash Rooney's dish right now!

  10. A certain Angel Diva refused to eat from a dish with left over food....even if it was just there while she ran off to T.C.B., she wanted it washed and a do over or it was her way of getting more food.
    Hugs Cecilia

  11. Oh, you knows it! I MAKE Ma wash my bowls everyday with some bleach solution. I do like a clean water bowl, some times I won't drink if it isn't up to my standards! BOL! Plus, they don't gets me ☺
    Ruby ♥

  12. Great reminder ! Our bowls are washed every day. Purrs

  13. A bit slack here. Will have to lift our game.

  14. My hubby is much better at this than I am.

  15. Great advice! Our food bowls get washed after every meal and our water dish usually gets washed every evening :-)
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  16. Our bowls get washed after our meals to and the water dish at least once a day
    Mabel & Hilda

  17. Great advice! Gracie and Ava get a new bowl every time they eat.

  18. With all the bacteria in a dog's mouth, it's critical to wash their bowls every day. Thanks for this 'wagnificent' reminder!

  19. I have two bowls that I alternate for Luke's food, so I can put one in the dishwasher. I need to get an extra water dish so I can do the same with that though, now I just wash that one by hand.


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