Post # 1
I’ve always been told that metal bowls are bad for being in the sun because they heat up in the sunshine & make the water hot. And I THINK I was told that the metal leaks into the water, but I’m not sure on that.
My mom was told that plastic bowls are bad in the sun because the plastic can get into the water & caused her cat to get stomach cancer :(. The vet said this was most likely what caused the cancer. My dog has plastic bowls :/.
I want to get my dog a bucket for her kennel to fill with water since soon it will be summer & super hot here. But what type is safest?
Whats best? Metal? Plastic? Ceramic? Anything else?
Post # 3
stainless steel or ceramic is the way to go
Post # 4
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 # 5
Awesome, thank you!! She had metal bowls when I got her & I used those for awhile but they were always so hot & the water was warm. I have water bowls for her everywhere, inside, outside… she has at least 4 waterbowls scattered. So now back to metal. My mom’s vet recommended metal as well & I’ve done some inet research & metal is the way to go. Dang, all this time I thought I was smart with the plastic bowls too :/. Oh well, at least Hayley gets a “housewarming gift” :).
Post # 6
🙂 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
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
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?