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Clients and colleagues have seemed to enjoy the recent theme of blogs I have written about in the past few months. In keeping with that trend, today I will be covering pet food bowls. I will go over hidden dangers that may be in your pet food bowls and which dog food bowls & cat food bowls may be the safest.

Stainless steel dog food bowls

Stainless steel dog food bowls

Hidden dangers inside pet food bowls

I wanted to replace my dog’s bowls since I couldn’t get the red tea stain out of his bowl no matter how much cleaning I did. I started doing research for the safest bowls when I found out there are a lot of things to “be on the lookout for” when buying or replacing any of your pet items.

In 2008 EWG’s research revealed the chemical exposure in pets is 5-20x’s higher than in humans. Some of the chemicals found were teflon, fire retardants, stain preventatives, chemicals from plastics, and heavy metals such as mercury. Mercury itself can contribute to cancer, viruses and bacteria but this toxic cocktail can lead to tumors, cancer, thyroid issues, reproductive issues and more.

In 2009 HealthyStuff(dot)org did some research which revealed small traces of lead in many pet items. In the 400 pet products tested, a fourth of them had detectable levels of lead. The most shocking results were that 7% of the pet products had lead levels over 300 ppm.

In 2012 stainless steel bowls from Petco were recalled because of being contaminated with radioactive material.

Lead free dog food bowls

I was considering switching to ceramic dog bowls but I quickly learned they are prone to chips & cracks that can harbor bacteria and the glaze may contain lead. I thought about taking the time to research ceramic bowls that have a lead free glaze but I quickly remembered the worrisome feeling I would have when dealing with heavy ceramic dog bowls. What if I drop it? That is going to be one big mess!

Plastic bowls were not even a consideration because they have their own problems like BPA. Additionally my dog would get acne or pimple like bumps on his face when he was exposed to plastic.

Radioactive free dog bowls & cat food bowls

I was beginning to wonder is there a safe dog food bowl? It seems there is not much or any regulation when it comes pet bowls. Now I need to find something lead free and radioactive free. Sigh.

Finally after a several hours of searching I did find stainless steel pet food bowls.Yay!

5 facts about these stainless steel cat bowls and dog bowls:

  • Money back guarantee
  • Bowls from each batch are tested!
  • 18/8 stainless steel or 300 series stainless steel
  • Great for dry food, wet food, or water
  • Radioactive free,  lead free, and mercury free

 

Stainless steel pet food bowls made in the USA

If you’re like me, you might be wondering what does 18/8 or 300 series mean? I was told many stainless steel pot & pans are 18/10 but I still had no idea what that meant. 18/8, also referred to as type 304, is composed of 18% chromium and 8% nickel. The short version is this combination helps to prevent corrosion and oxidation resistance.

These Cat food bowlsand Dog food bowlsseem to be the only pet bowls made in the United States. Getting quality, long lasting bowls made in the USA comes at a price. WHY? Outsourcing production and inferior materials allow for bowls to be the cheap price you may be used to.

Cost:  If you’re looking for the cheapest priced bowls, these are not it! These bowls should last a very long time so it’s a 1x investment vs. other bowls you would likely need to replace costing you more in the long run. More importantly considering all the things your pet won’t be exposed to, you will have a healthier pet and less vet bills.

I look at it like this, I bought an ‘expensive’ water bottle for health reasons so I can justify buying the same for my dog. Besides I’m sure my dog’s bowls will last much longer than my bottle so the $34.99+ for a set (2 bowls) is a good investment to me.

Sizes: These pet bowls are offered for both cats and dogs. The dog bowls come in  Small bowls, Medium bowls, Large dog bowls and Extra Large bowls.  They also offer a mixture of sizes such as set containing  1 medium and 1 large bowl. 

Pet bowls that take a lickin’

One testimonial that really stood out to me was from a customer who forgot she left the dog bowl on top of her vehicle. While driving down the road, she saw her dog bowl fly off her car. After stopping to retrieve her bowl, she found it was still in “perfect condition.”

I hope this blog helps you pick safe bowls for your pets!

Don’t forget to properly clean your bowls and prevent that dreaded slime, you’ll need to use super hot water. The water from your tap or dishwasher will not get hot enough. To solve this issue I use the attachment from my steam mop to sanitize my dog bowls.


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