Do You Clean the Dog Dish?

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines recommend that PetParents wash their pet’s food and water bowls with hot/soapy water on a daily basis.  

While we wash our own dishes on a daily or at least regular basis, many PetParents overlook the fact that their pets bowls need to be washed too! Our pets deserve to eat and drink from clean dishes that do not impact the flavor of their food, or even worse- cause them to get sick. Bacteria found in dirty dishes can cause skin conditions on our pet’s chins/faces, and can also spread severe illnesses to us humans as well. The most common illness that is derived from dealing with pet food and/or pet food bowls is Salmonella, but it’s not the only one: E Coli, yeast, mold, fecal caliform, and staph infection are all potential concerns as well. So what’s a worried PetParent to do to avoid the potential spread of illness?

Best Pet Parenting Practices to Avoid Contamination:

  • Wash your hands both before and after handling your dogs food & water bowls
  • Store your dogs dry food in an airtight container to avoid the growth of bacteria
  • Seal canned food in an airtight plastic container in the fridge if you have a partial can remaining
  • Prepare your pet’s food (and feed them) in a separate area of the kitchen from where you prepare your own food

Signs of Salmonella illness in pets:

  • pet has stopped eating
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • abdominal pain
  • increased salivation

If you believe your pet to be ill, you must seek veterinary care immediately. 

PetParent recommends washing your dogs dishes using Branch Basics non-toxic cleaning concentrate. (Pssst- It’s great for pet laundry too!) If washing your dogs dishes daily doesn’t seem like a feasible task for you, we’d encourage you to look into recyclable or composting dog dishes for your families health and well being. Bowls like the Kinn Klean Bowl provide PetParents with the best of both worlds, a metal exterior ‘bowl holder’ looks nice and remains sturdy while the inner lining of the bowl can be composted after each meal eliminating the spread of disease, and saving you time and energy.

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  • Yvette says:

    Just wash the bowls every day! You don’t eat several meals from the same plate yourself! And don’t try to make you’re own life easy by creating more plastic waste to the enormous amounts of waste we already produce every day!
    Having a dog requires time and effort, washing the bowls every day is one of the least timeconsuming things!

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