Dog owners that feed their dog dry food… do you wash their bowl afterwards?

posted 1 year ago in Pets
  • poll: Do you wash out the food bowl after feeding dry food?
    Yes, I like to keep it squeaky clean : (9 votes)
    8 %
    No, it's not that dirty after & the dog doesn't care! :) : (103 votes)
    88 %
    Other... : (5 votes)
    4 %
  • Member
    3186 posts
    Sugar bee

    Every couple of days I think.

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    13756 posts
    Honey Beekeeper

    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.

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    Bumble bee

    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!

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    1555 posts
    Bumble bee

    Not every time, but I do wash it out every few days – same with the water bowl.

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    1333 posts
    Bumble bee

    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.

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    4693 posts
    Honey bee

    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.

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    2401 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Our boy has a stainless bowl and I wash it every week. Noooooo need to after every time (:

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    1333 posts
    Bumble bee

    @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!

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    4592 posts
    Honey bee

    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. 

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    1963 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @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

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    69 posts
    Worker bee

    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.

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    3262 posts
    Sugar bee

    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…

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    186 posts
    Blushing bee

    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

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    955 posts
    Busy bee

    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.  

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