Importance of Clean Pet Dishes

We’re all busy. Every day rushing from one task to the next. But we’re always certain to fill our pets’ dishes. After all, they are our beloved fur children.

However, when was the last time your cleaned your dog or cat’s bowls?  It doesn’t seem like a big deal until we actually consider the germs, bacteria and mold that can make our pets sick. In fact, NSF International, a public heath organization, rated these little containers as the fourth dirtiest spot in our homes. Luckily, there are a few great ways to tackle this cleaning process to make sure you’re doing the job right.

NSF recommends either placing the bowl in a dishwasher or soaking it for about 10 minutes once a week in a solution of one part bleach to one part water. Then, rinse well and dry. However, if you don’t feel comfortable using bleach, VetStreet recommends cleaning the dish after every meal with hot water and soap. Or better yet, Tina Wismer, DVM, medical director at the ASPCA’s animal poison control center in New York told Wendy Wilson of Ceasar’s Way, to combine equal parts of baking soda, warm water and salt and scrub the surface in a circular motion, and then rinse well.

There are plenty of easy ways to make sure you’re cleaning your animal’s bowl properly to help keep them safe and healthy. But, as always, it’s always a good idea to check with your veterinarian to get their advice on what will work best for your pet.