Just like us, our four legged friends need to practice good hygiene to stay healthy. The practices are generally the same, we take care of their teeth, we bathe them and we keep them brushed. There is one area we fail sometimes to pay attention to, and that is their food and water bowls. Sure, you may rinse the water bowl out or wash the food bowl when it gets extra furry, but this can be a major growth place for bacteria. Also, pay attention to what you are putting in their bowls.
Clean Bowls. The easiest way to combat bacteria from infecting your dog is to clean their bowls and dishes daily. What the dishes are made of can also help. Like a plastic or rubber cutting board, plastic or rubber bowls can become safe havens for bacteria. Bacteria can begin to grow inside the tiny cracks in the material, and it is sometimes impossible to clean out. This bacteria can then jump to your dog, and surface as a blemish or pimple around the mouth or nose. Another material that may allow bacteria to thrive is ceramic bowls.
So what bowls are the best? Stainless steel bowls are the best. They are the least porous, giving the bacteria no where to grow. They are also dishwasher safe, so whenever you run a load remember to throw the bowls in for a good wash.
“…whenever you run a load remember to throw the bowls in for a good wash.”
What’s Inside. What we put in their bowls is typically a no-brainer, but some things should be thought about before you pour their next meal. Water is the easiest thing to give to your dog. Contaminated water is a leading cause of illness, so change their dish often with clean, fresh water. Another place you can in trouble is with the choice of food. Make sure to buy the appropriate food for your size and type of dog, as well as store it in a safe place. Most dry, bagged dog food is good for one year, with canned food good up to two years. Most pet stores will also offer containers to keep the bagged dog food fresher longer.
Remember, a healthy dog is a happy dog, and there is nothing better than a happy dog!
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