If your puppy bowl makes you sick to your stomach when you think of taking a sip of water out of it, then it’s definitely time to empty the water, wash your dog’s dish and refill it with fresh clean water before your dog drinks dirty water from his slimy bowl that could harbor bacteria which might result in your dog’s intestinal infection or even worse, your dog could end up with diarrhea that could have been prevented with clean water in his bowl.
This news brief gives you reasons to wash your dog’s water bowl daily and keep his water free from germs and bacteria that could make your dog sick.
3 Puppy Bowl Germs to Watch Out For
- Fecal Contamination – Intestinal germs like parvovirus and roundworms are transmitted through fecal to oral methods. Coccidia is a parasite found in your dog’s fecal waste that can cause watery diarrhea. If your dog picks up a parvovirus in the street on his tongue, the bacteria could find it’s way to his water bowl.
- Oral – Canine papilloma virus may spread through your dog’s saliva if he’s come in contact with a dog carrying the virus. Symptoms are small warts or benign tumors that develop on your dog’s tongue, lips, gums or in his throat. If you have more than one dog in your home sharing a water dish, this is yet another reason to wash your puppy bowl every day.
- Standing water – Giardia, a common parasite found in feces, can survive in standing water and may result in diarrhea, vomiting and weight loss.
Note: Your dog’s water and food bowls are affected by heat and cold. Keep your dog’s outdoor water bowl in the shade. Bring the bowl inside and wash it at the end of the day.
Dog Health Warning: Communal Bowls
- Dogs often eat, lick or step in fecal waste. There’s a chance these germs and bacteria can find their way into communal water bowls.
- Respiratory diseases like kennel cough and canine influenza are spread through sneezing and coughing. These germs can lurk in water bowls after dogs sneeze or cough nearby.
Tips to Keep your Dog’s Water Dish Clean
- Dog Dish Material – One of the safest materials for your dog’s water and food dish is stainless steel because it’s nonporous, dishwasher safe, unbreakable and lasts a long time. Look for a stainless steel bowl with non-skid rubber on the bottom.
- Daily Puppy Bowl Cleaning – Wash your puppy’s bowls in the morning before his first meal. You can get your whole family to make a commitment to wash and replenish your dog’s water bowl daily.
This short news article helps you understand the importance of keeping your dog’s water bowl clean so you can prevent him from health risks like viruses, infections and diarrhea.
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