(Closed) What’s the best dog bowl material to be used outside?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
  • poll: What's the best/safest one:
    Made of metal : (12 votes)
    86 %
    Made of plastic : (1 votes)
    7 %
    Made of something else... : (1 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 3
    1066 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    stainless steel or ceramic is the way to go

    Post # 4
    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    My vet told me that stainless steel bowls are the best for all animals because they don’t scratch and they don’t harbor bacteria.  I would just place the bowls in an area where they won’t be in direct sunlight between the hours of 10-2, and the water temp should be fine.  I would throw away any plastic bowls you have, there are lots of reasons they aren’t ideal, including the fact that they can be chewed on, scratched, and they don’t tend to be BPA free.  Ceramic is nice, but easy to break.  Stainless steel is sturdy and clean.

    Post # 6
    5823 posts
    Bee Keeper

    🙂  Aw, well she’ll like that!  And if she has more than one water bowl, she’ll probably find a bowl with cold water if she doesn’t like the warm water!

    Post # 7
    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    Ceramic is fine, too! I didn’t know that plastic was so bad for them until last year… but it makes sense. We use stainless steel for the water bowls, but ceramic for food. We also make sure to wash water bowls every other day and food bowls every day. You might try putting ice cubes in her water bowl when it’s outside!

    Post # 8
    295 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Incidentally, pretty much any bowl left in the sun will heat up, so that’s not a problem unique to metal. (I always have to remember not to pour water left in our plastic watering can in the sun onto plants, to avoid killing them since it gets VERY hot in the morning sun!) I’d be much more concerned with plastic bowls leeching things into the water than with metal or ceramic, though.

    We keep our dog’s outdoor water bowl under the porch, which keeps it a lot cooler to begin with—is there a place like that where you could put it?

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