Dog Feeding Bowls: Are Yours Harming Your Dog?

Dog feeding bowls are an essential tool for all dog owners. You set these food and water bowls out when it is time for your dog to eat and take them up when you want to control their bathroom habits. You may even enjoy watching your dog dance around the house when they know the bowls are on their way to the floor.

Dog Feeding Bowls

Unfortunately, there are some dangers that may be lurking in those bowls. As much joy as food and water bring to your dog’s life, they may also bring bacteria, chemicals and other life-threatening elements.

The Danger of Plastic Bowls

Studies have shown that plastic can leak chemicals into food and liquid when exposed to heat. This is why people are not warned not to leave bottled water in their vehicles and many people have switched from plastic water bottles to metal bottles.

You may also want to rule out plastic bowls for your dog, even if you don’t plan on heating their food or water. While they are often the most affordable type of dog bowl on the market, they may also harbor more bacteria and put your dog at more risk than other types of bowls.

Your dog may also chew a plastic bowl up, leaving you to purchase new bowls and spend more money. This isn’t something all dogs would do, but it is something to consider realistically when selecting dog bowls.

Alternatives to Plastic Dog Feeding Bowls

If plastic is potentially unsafe or your dog may chew plastic up, what type of bowl should you give your dog? There are two primary alternatives, and they each have their benefits:

1. Ceramic Dog Bowls: These bowls are readily found in stores as well as online and often come in fun designs and colors. The downside is that they can develop small cracks, and bacteria may grow in those cracks. You need to make sure this type of dog bowl is washed frequently.

2. Stainless Steel Dog Bowls: These bowls are durable and dishwasher safe, so you can use the same bowls for a long period of time and easily wash them to ensure they stay sanitary. The downside is that they don’t come in colorful designs or fun colors.

3.Elevated dog bowls.

These elevated dog bowls can be of great help for the older dog. Being able to adjust the height of the feeding level to sit an easier eating position for the dog. Not having to bend their necks to eat from floor level helps especially if your dog has painful joints


Which of these dog feeding bowls you decide to use will depend on how you want to wash your dog bowls and whether you think your dog will try to chew or otherwise tear up a bowl. Frisky puppies are more likely to ruin a plastic or ceramic bowl than older dogs who are calmer. You have to consider the breed and temperament of your dog as well as your feeding and washing schedule when determining the material for your bowl.

Keeping Dog Water and Food Bowls Sanitary

Dog bowls can become a sanctuary for bacteria which may make your dog sick. Even ceramic or stainless steel bowls can be overrun with filth if they are not washed thoroughly on a routine basis. Ideally, you will wash your dog bowls daily. This is easier if you get a dishwasher-safe stainless steel or ceramic bowl.

You can also purchase dog bowls that are perched up from the ground or which are portable for trips away from home. Just make sure you can wash the bowls up whenever they are used, even if you are away from home.

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