Let’s Dish About Your Dog’s Dish
By Dorothy Wills-Raftery
In today’s market, there are so many different types of dog dishes in a multitude of colors and styles that are so tempting to buy because they look cute. But, did you know that stainless steel is the most recommended and safest type of bowl for your dog?
The Pros of Stainless Steel
According to Whole Dog Journal, “The easiest type of bowl to keep clean – and…also the safest bowl for your dog to eat and drink from – is stainless steel. This material will not leach potentially dangerous chemicals into your dog’s food and water, like some plastics, aluminum, poorly glazed pottery, or old ceramic dishes.”
While we always should be checking any type of dish we get for our beloved pets, stainless steel ones are reportedly safer and easier to keep clean, thus reducing any ill effects for our pet, like getting ill or injured. According to RaiseAGreenDog.com, “Over many years, stainless steel has been proven to be the safest material for making and storing foods. It is durable, sanitary, rust-free, and non-leaching. And the best part is that they can last a lifetime, and save you money!”
What About Glass or Plastic? Just Say No.
You may be asking what about glass, ceramic, and plastic dishes? Glass dishes, if outside and left on a wooden deck or porch, the glass can heat up to the breaking point. Broken or chipped glass and ceramic bowls can obviously be a hazard to your dog by causing injury. Additionally, the hot sun can filter through the glass ones, similar to a magnifying glass, and cause wood (decks) as well as curtains (indoors) to ignite and possibly cause a fire.
As far as plastics go, aside from possibly harboring potentially dangerous chemicals (even if it is BPA-free), it is a very porous material, meaning it becomes a good breeding ground for germs and mold. Plastic dishes and bowls also can be easily scratched or chewed by a dog, which is also an invitation for nasty bacteria, not to mention broken pieces being a hazard if ingested by your pup, and some chemicals can even harm your pet if simply inhaled.
Time to Do The (Dog) Dishes
No matter what type of dish or bowl you choose for your dog’s food and water—and stainless steel is the top-recommended style of dish—cleaning is key. States Whole Dog Journal, “While the canine digestive system is capable of neutralizing virulent bacteria when a dog is healthy, when a dog’s immune system is compromised, that bacteria can overwhelm his defenses and make him one sick pup.”
Always be sure to wash and sterilize your dog’s bowls on a regular basis to avoid germs and bacteria from taking control and thereby posing a health threat should it be ingested by your dog. Especially watch out for the creases as bacteria love those hideaway spots.
And Just How Often Should They Be Cleaned?
They should be “scrubbed and air-dried at least a couple times a week – which means you should have more than one of them, to rotate in and out of use,” according to Whole Dog Journal. And don’t forget to change out the water often, keeping only fresh and clean water in a freshly cleaned dish.
Did You Know…?
4Knines has an amazing stainless steel dog dish! Here are a few good reasons for choosing one for your pet:
Durable: This heavy-duty, food-grade, double-walled stainless steel bowl is built to last a lifetime.
Non-slip /No-spill: Bottom rubber ring keeps the bowl in place and floor free from spills and scratches.
Large capacity: Holds 64 oz /8 cups of food or water.
High-grade materials: Made with 18/8 stainless steel that is non-toxic, rust resistant, and easy to sanitize.
Comes in five colors: black, blue, stainless, pink, and purple.
A percentage of sales is donated to animal advocacy groups.
Dorothy Wills-Raftery is an award-winning photojournalist and author. Her canine books include EPIC Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy; the FiveSibes™ Tales children’s books: What’s Wrong With Gibson? Learning About K-9 Epilepsy and Getting Healthy With Harley; and Buddy, the Christmas Husky~Based On A True Holiday Miracle (ArcticHouse Publishing). Her internationally top blogsite is FiveSibes™ , based on her five Siberian Huskies, and includes an online encyclopedia for the Siberian Husky breed.
Her work has also appeared in Chicken Soup for the Soul & Rosie the Riveter book series, Woman’s World Magazine, AmericanPet Magazine, American Dog Media, Ruff Drafts, The Sled Dogger, and Hudson Valley Paw Print Magazine. Dorothy has been awarded the prestigious Maxwell Medallion by the Dog Writers of America Association for “Excellence” for her writing, photography, and fiction. Her book EPIc Dog Tales: Heartfelt Stories About Amazing Dogs Living & Loving Life With Canine Epilepsy received the Independent Press Award for “Excellence” in the Reference Book category and the NYC Big Book Award for “Excellence” in the Animal/Pet book category. She was named “Best Author” by Hudson Valley Magazine and all four of her books were named “Best in Print” by AmericanPet Magazine.
An official International Purple Day® for (K9) Epilepsy Ambassador since 2012 and a volunteer case manager for The Wally Foundation-Canine Epilepsy, Dorothy partnered with the nonprofit Purple Day® Every Day presented by The Anita Kaufmann Foundation for her #Paws4Purple initiative, and she created the #FiveSibes #LiveGibStrong K9 Epilepsy Online Resource Library—all inspired by her epileptic Siberian Husky, Gibson, in order to help other Epi-dog families find accurate information to help their Epi-dogs.
You can follow Dorothy and her FiveSibes stories on the FiveSibes™ blog and on Facebook at FiveSibes: Siberian Husky K9 News & Reviews, and on Twitter and Instagram (@FiveSibesMom).