How often do you clean your pet’s bowls? According to Dr. Jerry Klein, an emergency and critical care veterinarian said it’s time to deep clean the bowls daily because pet bowls are very germy! Judging from statistics by NSF International, pet bowls are the fourth germiest thing in our houses. If we have eyes that work like a powerful microscope, we’ll see salmonella, E. coli, staph, yeast, mould and parasites like giardia.
The truth is, most of us with pets only give the bowls a cursory rinse because it’s quick but think about this, would you feed your family with plates that are just rinsed with water?
If you want a cleaner household, Dr. Klein suggests doing the following:
1. Get stainless steel bowls
Stainless steel doesn’t corrode and lasts long. Ceramic bowls are good too as long as there are no cracks. Plastic bowls are not recommended because it harbours bacteria. For ideas, check out the pretty stainless steel bowls sold at Disney Home!
2. Wash the bowl in hot, soapy water
The bowl and the rubber mat (for those who use it) have to be washed in hot, soapy water every day to kill all the nasty germs. You don’t want your pets to lick you all over with the micro nasties.
Also, air dry the bowls to prevent cross-contamination of towels.
3. Disinfect the sink after washing
Unless you have a sink just for pet bowls, it’s best to disinfect the sink after washing the bowls. It can be done fast with a simple wipe using disinfectant wipes.
4. Sanitize after every meal if you serve raw food
You got to sanitize your pet’s bowl and the utensils used in preparing the pet’s meal. Soak the bowl in a solution of 1/4 cup bleach and a gallon of water for 10 minutes for a super deep clean. The countertop needs to be wiped down too.
5. Wash your hands before and after feeding
You don’t need to wash your hands like a doctor unless that’s your thing. Dr. Klein advises pet owners to wash their hands with hot and soapy water for 20 seconds before and after serving your pets.
With these five steps, your pets will have cleaner bowls and a better diet in no time.