A dog water bowl is one of the most essential items in a dog’s meal. (The other is the food bowl.) However, together with the food bowl, the water bowl is one neglect item by dog owners. These bowls are usually forgot outdoors and left to the elements. Regarding the water bowl, owners also forgot the importance of keeping the dog’s water bowl clean. The fact is that the water bowl is a very ideal source of bacteria formation when left open, uncovered and exposed.

Care

Keeping the water bowl clean can be a challenge since most owners are not aware of the importance of keeping the dog’s water clean. Owners feel that it is simply water and they need not stress about it. Perhaps, unconsciously, they also think the water is always clean. Dogs tend to drink dirtier (or smellier water) and they don’t actually chose clean water over the dirty one. As far as dogs are concerned, water is water and if they’re thirsty, they will drink any variety.

Water-borne diseases

Owners on the other hand seldom think that their dog is vulnerable to water-borne diseases. Dirty water is the breeding place for all the bacteria that cause many deadly diseases like pythiosis, leptospirosis, giardiasis, and other deadly illnesses. Most of these are not actually caused by drinking dirty water from dirty or bowls with expose water in them. (Pythiosis, called swamp cancer, is cause by drinking still waters from ponds or some similar sources.) In a related case, having your dog drink from a common bowl might indirectly get affect from diseases of other dogs that drink from it.

Cleaning

It is mandatory that you clean your pooch’s water bowl every day. If your dog prefers multiple water stations, ensure that you change the water and clean the bowl on a frequent basis. If your cleaning is irregular or done intermittently, the water left on the bowl can lead to the formation of biofilm. Biofilm is a thick slimy formation in the bowl and is know to harbor bacteria and other disease-cause pathogens. Biofilm, left untreated for a long time, can cause health concerns like salmonella, enteritis, diarrhea and gum disease. Ideally, water bowls are clean with hot water ande soapy solutions. It is ideal to clean the water bowls with hot water and soapy solution. Leaving the bowls in hot water can help to remove the biofilm easily and effectively.

Bowl type

The choice of water bowls for your dog is also an important consideration when it pertains to keeping it clean and preventing concerns regarding the health of your pooch. Stainless steel bowls are the recommended choice by experts when choosing a water bowl for your dog. The advantage is that they are easy to clean. Also, they do not ha e any reaction with any form of cleaning solution.

Plastic bowls

Plastic bowls have been frown on by most professionals. The suspicion is that they might have cancer-causing materials in them. Cleaning plastic bowls with hot water can be dangerous and risky, because it might release some toxins that can be consume by your dog. If you must stick to plastic bowls, make sure you do not go for the cheap ones. The manufacturers might be dismissive on the probably presence of toxins in the materials. Likewise, these manufacturers might neglect removing them during manufacture. It is better not to allow your dog to drink from any of the friendly common bowls for pets that you see in shopping malls or similar establishments.

Stainless steel bowls

Many people agree that stainless steel is by far the best overall choice for pet bowls, whatever they may be use for food or water. Characteristically, stainless steel bowls are very durable and will not crack or break even if dropped. (Strong impacts might dent it.) They are also relatively light and easy to carry, and is easy to clean. They do not cause or have any reaction from any form of cleaning solution so far.

Durable materials

Stainless steel bowls are durable, and are the recommended choice of experienced dog owners when it comes to choosing a water bowl for your dog. They are easy to clean and do not cause any reaction with any form of cleaning solution. These bowls are the most durable among others and sometimes they are make with a non-skid rim on the bottom to prevent water from spilling. When exposed to the elements and left outdoors these bowls can develop stains and rust.

Necessity

It is important to know that dogs are also animals and would need constant access to water. Depriving them of water can kill them. Water must also be serve on the dogs on demand and must be immediately available when their natural urge to drink calls for it. As it is, water must continuously be available to them because they lose it through urine and feces. Since dogs can’t sweat to stay cool, they control their body temperature by the way they breathe and pant to cool themselves. In doing so, they lose so much water along the way. (Under normal circumstances, however, a dog can go 6-10 hours without water and will not show any ill effects. If you forget to top up his water bowl before leaving for work, or if your dog knocks his bowl over, you need not panic.)

Maintenance

Dog owners typically are absent-mind in providing fresh, and adequate (and clean) water for their pets on a continuous basis. Other owners typically neglect to properly maintain the dog’s water bowl. Water in the bowl is usually allow to become dangerously poll with germs from the dog’s mouth. This dangerous situation is cause by using a water bowl that’s too small for the animal’s size. Sometimes, they unconsciously allow the water level in the bowl to go very low. This causes concentration that can cause diseases.

Hydration tips

An oversized water bowl is ideal in filling with fresh drinking water for your dog. You need to change all the water at least twice every day. Whatever is your bowl type, you need to wipe off the biofilm from the inside of the bowl. Keep your water bowls as clean as possible as you keep your glassware.  You can place your dog bowl in the dishwasher from time to time and make it thoroughly clean and sparkling.

By Adam

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