Here’s How Often Your Pet’s Food Bowl Needs Cleansing – LifeSavvy

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As pet owners, we normally have set schedules for many things, like when our fur babies eat or use the lavatory. But one thing a lot of us don’t know obviously is how often we have to be cleansing our pet’s food and water bowls (and it’s more often than you could think).

Did you recognize your pet’s food bowls ought to be cleaned with soap and water after every meal?

Veterinarian Katie Malensek told Chewy that washing them after every use is right because dried food particles and saliva contain bacteria that may multiply without proper cleansing. Just as we might clean our own plates after eating, Malensek said, we must always do the identical for our pets.

As for water bowls, those ought to be cleaned once a day.

Commonly present in our pet’s food and water bowls are Salmonella, E. coli, algae, and mold—that are harmful to everyone in the house, not only our pets.

In truth, the National Sanitation Foundation ranked pet bowls because the fourth germiest item in the house, after the kitchen sponge, sink, and toothbrush holder. They recommend running the bowls through the dishwasher or scrubbing them thoroughly with hot soapy water.

It is smart, right? Imagine making a plate of food and grabbing a unclean, used dish. We all know this may occasionally have been news to you, so next time you go to clean your dog’s bowl, don’t forget to offer him an apologetic rub on his tummy (he’s probably already forgiven you, though).