Your Pet’s Food Bowl is Making You Sick

Your Pet’s Food Bowl is Making You Sick

What’s the filthiest place in your home?

Your mind probably jumped right to the bathroom, or maybe the kitchen sink, or some dusty corner of your basement.

But pet owners know all too well that their pet’s food bowl has to be in consideration – and they’re right.

A study from NSF International examined 30 household items from 22 different homes, and pet food dishes came 4th on the list of hottest germ real estate. The top three were toothbrush holders, kitchen sponges, and by extension, kitchen sinks.


Food bowls are perfect breeding grounds for bacteria, mold, yeast and more. One of the misconceptions can come from refilling bowls with dry food without washes in between (most would naturally wash the bowl after serving wet pet food).

Veterinarian Dr. Jessica Vogelsang told that dry foods do leave residue, and that can result in bacteria like E. coli and Salmonella living in food bowls which can cause illnesses in both owners and pets.

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To prevent any sickness from spreading around the home, NSF recommends washing food and water bowls every day. You should also double down and sanitize the dishes weekly, soaking them in gallon of water and a half-teaspoon of bleach for 10 minutes. Consider investing in stainless steel or ceramic bowls, too; plastic ones can crack, giving germs another place to fester.

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