Additional Stainless Steel Dog Bowl Information
One of the most common items your dog interacts with on a daily basis – besides toys or their favorite bed – is their water and food bowl.
Did you know that the quality of the water bowl can improve your dog’s enjoyment of drinking water?
Furthermore, different materials can change your cleaning routine, making maintenance a little easier for you so you can enjoy more walks with your pup.
4Knines will help you learn more about stainless steel dog bowls, perfect to bring with you on the go for pet lovers who travel often with their dogs or keep at home for an everyday drink.
What Are the Best Dog Bowls to Get?
A lot of pet parents agonize over the best dog bowls to get, considering the benefits of certain materials over others as well as different styles or capacities. At 4Knines, we believe that – when done well – simplicity is best, which is why we offer such a durable stainless steel dog bowl. This essential item will last your dog a lifetime without needing to be replaced.
4Knines’ stainless steel dog bowls hold a large capacity of 64 oz of water, or 8 cups of food. The bowl is made from food grade, double-walled stainless steel for a durable finish that’s safe for your pup.
Non-toxic, rust resistant, and easy to clean, this material is a lifesaver for many pet parents worried about chemicals leaching into their four-legged friends’ water throughout the day.
A rubber ring along the bottom of the bowl keeps it from sliding around your wood or tile floor as your dog drinks or eats, helping prevent spills from messy drinkers or food all over the floor.
Why You Should Have Stainless Steel Dog Bowls
Stainless steel is one of the most budget-friendly options you can choose, not for its upfront cost, but because it lasts for a lifetime.(1) Once you purchase a single stainless steel bowl, you won’t need to purchase a replacement.
“[…] it’s often best to opt for more basic, budget-friendly supplies until your little pooch has stopped growing—and chewing on everything in sight.”
Stainless steel dog bowls are durable and designed to last, so you can rest easy knowing your investment is well-spent. Despite its affordable price tag, this bowl is built to last.
Benefits of Using Stainless Steel Dog Bowls
There are many benefits to using stainless steel dog bowls over other types of materials. You may just be surprised to learn that, whether indoor or out, stainless steel is a top-performer in rust resistance and preventing bacteria buildup.
Another benefit of stainless steel is that it helps control skin conditions for dogs with sensitive skin. Plastics, ceramics, and poorly glazed pottery can all leach potentially toxic chemicals into the water. This isn’t good for your dog’s health, and it may also harm sensitive skin, causing itchiness and rashes.
Furthermore, stainless steel is easy to clean and sanitize, whereas other bowls take more work to keep clean, and don’t stay as clean for as long.
You still need to clean and sanitize stainless steel, but it is the ideal option for any pet parent looking for a superior alternative that will last a lifetime.
Ceramic Dog Bowls VS. Stainless Steel Dog Bowls
Stainless steel is the ideal material type because it can withstand rust, it is durable, and does not provide an ideal condition for bacteria buildup in the water.
While it is ideal to change the water every day to keep the water tasting fresh, water in a stainless steel dog bowl is able to be left out overnight without major concern as the material provides a safer environment for standing water that won’t leach toxic chemicals into the liquid, unlike plastics or other materials.
Ceramic, on the other hand, tends to be lightweight and easier to transport, which might be ideal for individuals on-the-go, but it’s not often the best long-term solution for dogs that will rely on this bowl for a regular source of water as it can allow bacterial buildup.
If using ceramic, it’s important to get a food-grade material that will not degrade over time and keep the water fresh. Regular, daily cleaning of the bowl is a must as well to prevent bacteria buildup.
How Often Should I Change My Dog’s Water?
You should change your dog’s water at least once a day and be certain to keep it full enough for the dog to reach comfortably throughout the day.
Standing water can begin developing bacteria in a matter of hours. This not only alters the taste, but it can pose a health risk to sensitive dogs if allowed to sit for too long.
If your dog cannot comfortably reach the water, or if the water tastes “stale” then they are not likely to drink as much water, which can lead to its own host of health problems such as dehydration or crystallization of the urine.
Changing your dog’s water is an important part of any daily routine and should be done either first thing in the morning before work, or as soon as you get home to make sure it doesn’t get too low when your dog is most active during the day.
How Often Should You Wash Your Dogs Bowl?
The frequency that you wash your dog’s bowl often depends on what you place inside it. As a standard rule, a wash-a-day is the best way to refresh your dog’s bowl.
If you feed your dog dry chow, it should be washed at the end of the day to remove any leftover food pieces.
Water should be replaced daily, which provides a great opportunity for washing it out quickly with a rinse before refilling it.
If you feed your dog canned or raw food, it should be washed thoroughly after each meal, even if your dog licks the bowl clean, to ensure that no bacteria grow on the bowl and no food dries onto the surface.
How to Sanitize Stainless Steel Dog Bowls
It’s important to understand how to sanitize a stainless-steel dog bowl without scratching it. If you are used to ceramic or plastic bowls, you might consider scrubbing the dish down with a steel sponge or bristle brush.
This, unfortunately, will scratch the finish, leaving unsightly scratch marks and diminishing the overall shine of the stainless steel. To properly sanitize the dog bowl, you should only use a soft sponge or cloth to remove any difficult stains.
Dishwashing liquid or vinegar are both safe to use on stainless steel. For regular washes, warm water will also do the trick.
Any time you add soap or vinegar to your dog’s bowl, you should be sure to thoroughly clean it out before refilling it for your dog to ensure that all the vinegar or soap is removed. An extra warm water rinse or two goes a long way to keeping the water clean.
Are Stainless Steel Dog Bowls Dishwasher Safe?
Stainless steel bowls are dishwasher safe. When washing a 4Knines bowl in the dishwasher please set it on the coldest setting possible and remove before a heated drying cycle because the adherent to the non-slip ring could be damaged at high temperatures.
Fortunately, it is easy to sanitize these dog bowls without the dishwasher by giving them a quick wipe down of soap and water, even for stuck-on grime and dried-on food. For particularly deep cleans, soak the bowl in a sink full of soapy warm water before rinsing and wiping clean.
Once dry, the dog bowl is sanitized and ready to use again. For regular washes, a quick rinse and wipe down will suffice, letting you get on with your daily routine in no time. No special filters to replace or corners to clean free of bacteria and grime.
Are Stainless Steel Bowls Safe for Dogs?
Yes, stainless steel bowls are safe for dogs. Not only are they safe – they are one of the safest materials that you can purchase to keep water in. Keeping standing water in other materials, like ceramics or plastics can be dangerous for your pet’s health.
Water is notoriously able to break down different compounds at the microscopic level, so even if it looks like all is well, your plastic or ceramic bowl might be leaching harmful coatings and synthetic compounds into the water, which your dog then ingests throughout the day.
Stainless steel has long since been considered one of the most sanitary materials on the market because of its microbial resistance and ease of cleaning. Because of this, it is a popular choice for dog bowls, as it can contain water for long periods without leaching any compounds into the water, keeping it both fresher and safer for your pooch.
Choose 4Knines for Premium Stainless Steel Dog Bowls
4Knines is your source for premium stainless steel dog bowls, keeping your dog’s water crisp, clean and cool with minimal evaporation. These bowls will save your floors from a messy dog’s splashing while providing ergonomic comfort for your pooch.
Choose from a range of colors to match your home’s décor or your dog’s personality. Choosing 4Knines is a great way to ensure that your dog gets the best quality, all at an affordable price. There’s something here for everyone to celebrate!
1. Forbes, New Puppy Checklist: Here’s everything you need to buy, https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbes-personal-shopper/2020/07/29/puppy-checklist-new-dog-essentials/?sh=7931f0a84c52