Food & Water Bowls

How much water should a healthy dog drink?

I believe the best choice for food and water bowls is stainless steel since they are easy to clean. Glass is easy to clean but there is always the chance of it breaking. Plastic, stoneware or ceramic bowls can scratch and the crevices can harbor bacteria. Foreign-made ceramics can contain high levels of lead that can leach, and plastic, and aluminum bowls can also leach and contaminate bowls. [1] 

But just selecting stainless steel bowls is not a guarantee of quality as we learned years ago when Petco recalled (imported) stainless steel bowls containing small quantities of radioactive cobalt-60.

Petco Recalls Radiation-Tainted Pet Food Bowls

If the cost is not prohibitive I recommend stainless steel bowls made in the USA for both dogs and cats.

IMPORTED - LESS EXPENSIVE OPTION

IMPORTED - LESS EXPENSIVE OPTION

BASIS PET - MADE IN THE USA (TOP PICK)

BASIS PET - MADE IN THE USA (TOP PICK)

Duralex 2.5 Quart Clear Glass Bowl

Duralex 2.5 Quart Clear Glass Bowl

CAT BOWLS 5.75 INCHES WIDE X .5 INCHES DEEP. HOLDS UP TO 16 OUNCES

CAT BOWLS 5.75 INCHES WIDE X .5 INCHES DEEP. HOLDS UP TO 16 OUNCES

Dog Food 101 - How to Choose Best Dog Food List

Cleaning dog bowls

Wash the food and water bowls regularly to remove the biofilm from saliva that can harbor salmonella in the bowls.[2]

“Plastic food and water bowls are probably the most popular with pet parents, but I’m not a fan. While plastic bowls are inexpensive and convenient, they’re also impossible to thoroughly sanitize, and in addition, as the plastic begins to break down it can leach toxic chemicals into your dog’s food and water.

Bacteria and oils can also get trapped in the peeling plastic, potentially causing skin irritation or worse. Some dogs can develop allergies to the dyes and materials in plastic bowls, and they’ve also been linked to tear staining. In addition, aggressive chewers have been known to gnaw their bowls into small pieces and swallow them.

I recommend stainless steel, porcelain or glass food and water bowls for your dog, but even those options have some disclaimers. BPA-free plastic bowls can be used in a pinch when you’re traveling with your canine family member or in other temporary situations, as long as you clean it thoroughly after each use and replace it at the first sign the plastic is degrading.

Buying 18-gauge stainless steel is important, and preferably through a company that has done third party purity testing, since even stainless steel has proven to be contaminated, as demonstrated by the Petco metal bowl recall several years ago. Some porcelains can contain lead and others are not approved for food products, so make sure you buy good-quality porcelain made for food use from a company you trust.

Pyrex or Duralex glass bowls are my favorite, as they’re durable and nontoxic, unlike other cheaply made glass products that may contain lead or cadmium.” https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2019/05/06/elevated-dog-bowls.aspx?utm_source=petsnl&utm_medium=email&utm_content=art1&utm_campaign=20190506Z1&et_cid=DM285961&et_rid=608665855


Dehydration / Overheating (Get Medical Help)

  • Heavy panting

  • Tongue and mucous membranes bright red

  • Saliva is thick and tenacious

  • Vomits

  • Dry mount

  • Sticky gums


https://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2019/02/03/pet-food-and-water-bowls.aspx

Plastic, Stainless Steel, Stoneware, Silicone or Ceramic Bowls? By W. Jean Dodds, DVM on February 17, 2019
The Two Germiest Pet Items in Your Home

[1] Dr. Earl Mindell’s Nutrition And Health For Dogs  Earl Mindell, R.Ph., Ph.D. and Elizabeth Renaghan

[2] DOG Watch  Vol. 16, No. 10  October 2012  The Environment’s Impact on Nutrition


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