The team at Downtown Animal Care Center wants only the best for your pet, and that’s why we’re going to be sharing simple tips that can have a big impact on their daily routine! Your pet will be so happy you’ve taken the extra steps to make their life even better!

Think about the way you eat. You get your food, you get a clean plate, you eat on it, and then you wash it. Multiple times a day, every single day. Now imagine eating off of the same plate or our of the same bowl for every single meal for a week. In most cases, this is what our pets do. We get the question a lot – how often should I clean my pet’s dishes? The answer may surprise you. You should wash your pet’s dishes after every single use, just as you would do for your own dishes.

Most pet parents think they’re okay with rinsing it under hot water and getting grime off of the bowl, but we can tell you that is just not enough. With that being said, please do use soap to get your pet’s bowls as fresh and clean as possible.

Hand washing is a great start, and your pet will be so happy that you’re doing it. We also recommend running them through the dishwasher whenever you get a chance. Typically, dishwashers run in the range of 130-170 degrees Fahrenheit, enough to kill the nasty germs living on your pet’s bowls. We promise your pets will appreciate the extra work you’ve put in to give them a fresh bowl to eat or drink out of.

Want to cut back on even more bacteria living in your pet’s bowls? Stick to materials that are not plastic, as they not susceptible to harboring bacteria like plastic is known for. Our pets are family, and they deserve the same cleanliness that we require of our dishes on a daily basis. The three minutes of hand washing every day will keep your pet much happier and healthier in the long run.

Now we ask you, pet parents of Denver, CO – how often do you wash your pet’s bowls?

Have questions?

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