Think cleanliness when feeding your dog. Yes that is right, being clean is important even to your dog and especially when food and water are involved. After all, no one wants a sick dog, so keeping things clean will help keep the dog well, healthy and happy.
Most dogs are more than merely a pet, they are part of the family. Today being a family member is the role they play in the bigger picture. Not to many are working dogs, even though there are still some cow dogs, guard dogs and more. But, with even dogs who are working dogs need to have clean bowls to eat and drink out of, after all you would not eat off of a dirty plate, day after day after day, now would you?
There are several reasons for keeping the dog food and water bowls clean and the health of the dog that eats and drinks out of them is the most important reason. Bacterial microbes are found in dogs mouths naturally and when a dog eats or drinks this bacterial microbe will be transferred from the dogs mouth to whatever the dog is eating or drinking out of. If food is left on the food bowl or the water bowl, then the bacterial microbe will have a perfect place to multiply and as it does, any one who touches the dishes that they are growing on will become sick as will the dog or any other pet that will be eating or drinking out of the bacterial microbe infested bowls. It is also a good idea to wash your hands after handling your dog’s food as well as the food and water bowls.
Not only should the food and water bowls be cleaned daily, but the food in them should be handled correctly. If the food is moist and there is any leftover, simply put it in a container with a lid and store it in the refrigerator until it is time for the dog’s next meal. Just like you would do leftovers from your own meal.
Keeping things clean and safe is an important aspect of being a dog owner. Remember to wash and dry dog food bowl before feeding your dog and wash your dog’s water bowl at least every other day to keep the bacterial microbes from calling them home and making problems for the dog. After all, a sick dog affects the entire family and who wants that?