Food & Water Bowls

How much water should a healthy dog drink?

Basis Pet Made in the USA Stainless Steel Dog Bowl

Basis Pet Made in the USA Stainless Steel Dog Bowl

Dehydration / Overheating (Get Medical Help)

  • Heavy panting

  • Tongue and mucous membranes bright red

  • Saliva is thick and tenacious

  • Vomits

  • Dry mount

  • Sticky gums

Why I Don’t Recommend Alkaline Water for Dogs and Cats

Foreign-made ceramics can contain high levels of lead that can leach, and plastic, and aluminum bowls can also leach and contaminate bowls.[1] 

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.”

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