Post # 1
I feed my dog twice a day (dry kibble) and feel the need to wash the bowl each time. DH thinks I’m crazy and the bowl is just fine. I think it’s gross because there are little particles that end up on the bowl after she eats.
What do you do?
ETA: the bowl is stainless steel, if it makes any difference. I also rinse out her water bowl daily because there ends up gunk in it (either little food chunks or stray hairs, etc.)
Post # 3
Every couple of days I think.
Post # 4
No, but we just leave them food all the time so they can eat as they choose. They are super active dogs and don’t over eat. I clean it maybe once a week and their water bowl twice.
Post # 5
It doesn’t hurt to wash the bowl every now and then. After every feeding seems a bit much. I don’t think we ever wash our dogs’ food bowl. It’s stainless steel though.
Definitely wash the water bowl periodically though!
Post # 6
Not every time, but I do wash it out every few days – same with the water bowl.
Post # 7
His old plastic bowl, never. But you have to understand, he licks every single morsel out! His new bowl is stainless steel and shows residue, so I wash it every now and again.
Post # 8
Well, my dog likes to lick dirt off the floor, so it’s not like he’s complaining about his bowl not being washed haha.
Post # 9
Our boy has a stainless bowl and I wash it every week. Noooooo need to after every time (:
Post # 10
@Bebealways: I know, right… his favorite delicacy is half-rotten carcasses and several varities of animal poop. The bowl is the least of my concerns!
Post # 11
I leave food down all day for my boy. He’s never eaten on a schedule, so it’s just easier for everyone this way.
His food bowls get washed once a week and his water bowl gets washed out two or three times a week.
Post # 12
@Bebealways: exactly what i was thinking! my dogs lick their own butts, so i don’t worry about their dish being a little dirty, lol
Post # 13
I dont have a dog, but do feed our cats dry food. We rarely clean the food bowl, but clean the water bowl every couple of days.
Post # 14
I said no, but we wash it once a week or so. Water bowl at least gets a rinse more often than that – she dribbles stuff in it. 🙂
I mean – she’ll eat poop, so…
Post # 15
No we rarely wash her food bowl. We free feed her so theres food in the bowl 24/7 and she eats as and when she wants. She can have a bit of a finicky tummy and sometimes the smallest things can make her go a bit funny for a few days so Im always paranoid that if any cleaning products get left on (like soap spots or something) then it could knock her for six.
And Ive cleaned up enough dog yucky-ness to last me a lifetime
Post # 16
We wash occasionally using the hose in the yard. Dog food is known to contain salmonella, and there have been cases where a dog bowl was washed in a sink, and the sink wasn’t cleaned afterwards, and someone ended up sick.