After Your Pup Finishes Eating, There's Always Some Slime On The Dish... What Is It?

After Your Pup Finishes Eating, There's Always Some Slime On The Dish... What Is It?

Have you ever noticed that although your pups completely clean out their food bowls in record time, they always leave behind a thick, slimy film along the bottom of their bowls? What exactly is it?

This odd build-up is known as biofilm, which consists of a number of types of bacteria. These bits stick to each other and then adhere to the surface. Although bacteria come in good and bad forms, the bad kinds can make a pup very sick. And according to NSF International, pet bowls are the fourth most germ-filled places in a home. Yikes!

This means that not only will a dirty bowl result in disease for a pup, but it can also infect you and your other family members. That’s why it’s important to regularly clean out a dog bowl. Stainless steel and ceramic bowls are the best types to purchase, as they’re easy to clean. Plastic bowls, on the other hand, can harbor bacteria and germs in scratches on their surface. But regardless of type, you should give bowls a regular clean.

Daily, bowls should be washed in warm or hot soapy water, and they should only be cleaned with cloth or sponges that you have set aside only for this use. You should also give food mats and surfaces where your pup eats a wipe down regularly! Bowls should also be disinfected weekly in a dishwasher.

If you don’t have a dishwasher, you can disinfect bowls by soaking them in a 1:50 ratio mixture of bleach and water for 10 minutes, then rinsing them out with warm water. You can also disinfect with a mixture of baking soda, warm water, and salt in equal measures. Make this mixture into a thick paste and scrub bowls till clean, then rinse with warm water.

Keep your pup safe from bad bacteria by making sure he eats out of a clean, pristine bowl. Do like and share this information if you found it useful!

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