The average pet owner spends more than two thousand dollars a year on their pet although if you’re anything like me that number is likely way, way higher. When I total the vet bills, grooming expenses, grain-free food, favorite treats, toys, beds, blankets, and clothes it can get really expensive. It might sound crazy but dog-moms know what I mean. Those fur-babies deserve all the love we heap upon them. I make no apologies for spoiling my boys. That being said, us dog-owners may be breeding some serious bacteria in our homes by not cleaning their dog bowls often enough.

The surprising place dog owners may be allowing bacteria to grow in your home. Unwashed dog bowls can lead to bacteria, e coli, salmonella and more if not washed daily. Learn more via @honeyandpineco #dogs #dogbowls #dogownership

When was the last time you cleaned the bowls your pups eat out of? If you didn’t answer, “Every day.” then you’re not cleaning them often enough and you’re breeding serious bacteria in your home. GROSS. According to the National Sanitation Foundation, dog food bowls are the fourth most germ-infested item in your home (coming in behind dish-cleaning tools, the kitchen sink, and your toothbrush holder). If that’s not enough to make you want to go give them a deep scrubbing you should know that dog bowls are covered in everything from salmonella and E. coli to staph, yeast, and the parasite giardia. Disgusting, right?

So, before you let your pups offer up slobbery kisses make sure they are eating out of clean and sanitary bowls. It’s important for their health and yours. 

The surprising place dog owners may be allowing bacteria to grow in your home. Unwashed dog bowls can lead to bacteria, e coli, salmonella and more if not washed daily. Learn more via @honeyandpineco #dogs #dogbowls #dogownership

If you aren’t already using ceramic dog bowls I highly recommend making the switch as soon as possible. You can also use stainless steel bowls but I prefer ceramic, admittedly that’s mostly for aesthetic purposes. You can use either ceramic or stainless steel but you should be avoiding plastic bowls at all costs. Sure, they may be a few bucks cheaper but that bacteria we’re trying to avoid can linger around in the tiniest of scratches. Ditch the plastic and upgrade your pup to quality bowls.

If you’re feeding your dog mostly dry food like we do (we love the grain-free food from I and Love and You) the dog bowls should be washed with hot  soapy water every day. If you’re feeding your dog wet food or raw food, the bowls should be washed after every single meal. After washing, air-dry the bowls so your not risking cross-contamination through your drying towels.

I used to wash our dog bowls two or three times a week and thought we were doing great. I was super proud of us and happy my dogs were eating and drinking out of clean bowls but little did I know, those bowls were a breeding ground for bacteria and other gross things I certainly don’t want in our home. Plus, my sweet boys deserve better.

The surprising place dog owners may be allowing bacteria to grow in your home. Unwashed dog bowls can lead to bacteria, e coli, salmonella and more if not washed daily. Learn more via @honeyandpineco #dogs #dogbowls #dogownership

Go ahead and add cleaning the dog bowls to your daily chore list or to your nightly routine so your pups stay healthy and you can rest easy knowing your home isn’t allowing salmonella, e coli, and other bacteria to grow and prosper.

The surprising place dog owners may be allowing bacteria to grow in your home. Unwashed dog bowls can lead to bacteria, e coli, salmonella and more if not washed daily. Learn more via @honeyandpineco #dogs #dogbowls #dogownership