You won’t be able to see the slime that is lurking in your pets’ water and food bowls. You need to empty your pets’ bowls; then, run your fingers around the rim and the bottom. Yuk.
When you don’t wash your pets’ water and food bowls, a slime accumulates in the in the bowl. The biological term for this slime is called biofilm, and it harms your pets!
I was guilty of refilling my pets’ bowls. When I saw that the bowls were dirty; then, I would clean them. After reading this article on biofilm, I can assure you that I wash my pets’ bowls daily!
Biofilm is a bunch of organic and inorganic bacteria that grows in your pets’ bowls. The bacteria are held together by a thick goo that allows the bacteria to stick to water and food bowls. This invisible biofilm contains inorganic and organic living and dead substances, which your pets are consuming.
Similar to all bacteria, biofilm can contain good bacteria and bad bacteria. I could be criticized because people who don’t wash pet bowls have healthy pets. That could be true because the biofilm contained in their pets’ food bowls are good and wonderfully healthy bacteria. People will also say that bacteria can’t stick to stainless steel pet bowls. That is a falsehood. After time, there will be a goo stuck to stainless steel pet bowls. Whether the bacterial is good or bad, no one will really know, unless you have a microscope.
The bacteria that can really harm your pet are the following: Listeria, E. Coli and legionella. Bad biofilm causes the following medical conditions in your pet: urinary tract infections, middle ear infections and bladder infections. Plus, the microbial infections can also weaken the immune system.
Since biofilm causes the above mentioned microbial infections, wash your pets’ bowls daily. Why take the chance that the bacteria in your pets’ bowls is only good bacteria. How easy is washing your pets’ bowls. Prevention will ensure that your pet your pet stays healthy!
When your pups go to a doggie care, make sure that they pet providers are washing bowls with hot water in their dishwasher. With so many dogs sharing the same water and food bowls, you can imagine how much bacteria is lurking that can’t be seen by the human eye.
Biofilm exists on living and not living surfaces. It is the plaque on your teeth; it is the slime on rocks in the river; and it is the slime in vases where flowers are. The bacteria survives in moisture and water. The good news is that you can get rid of this grimy build up of biofilm with a daily wash.