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USA made stainless steel dog bowls and Cat Bowls

lead Free dog bowls
Lead free dog bowls are healthier for your pet

I started doing research for the safest dog bowls when I found out there are a lot of things you need to “be on the lookout for” when buying or replacing any of your pet items. Why? There is not much or any regulation when it comes to pet bowls. After many hours of searching, I found the perfect solution. USA-made lead free dog bowls that are also free of heavy metals like mercury.

I’ll share with you 1) hidden dangers that may be in your pet bowls, 2) how the cheap dog bowl will cost you more in the long run, and 3) which dog food bowls and cat food bowls are the safest.

Hidden dangers inside pet bowls

Stainless steel dog food bowls
Cheap dog bowls may be dangerous

In 2008 EWG’s research revealed that chemical exposure in pets is up to 20x’s higher than in humans. Some of the chemicals found were Teflon, chemicals from plastics, tap water is loaded with chemicals and possible pharmaceuticals, VOCs, and heavy metals such as mercury. Mercury itself can contribute to cancer. This toxic cocktail can lead to lipomas, cancer, thyroid issues, reproductive issues, and more. To learn more about the health dangers of heavy metals in your pets you can read the article I wrote.

In 2009 HealthyStuff(dot)org did some research that revealed traces of lead in many pet items. Of 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 2020, lots of reports were coming out about how long the coronavirus can stay on surfaces. It was reported in Mach 2020 that viruses can live on stainless steel for 3 days. To learn more about how to kill bacteria and viruses using non-toxic methods, this blog will be helpful as it goes into detail on the duration and temperature needed to kill certain bacteria and viruses.

Lead free dog bowls have fewer risks than Plastic bowls and Ceramic cat food bowls

In 2012 Petco stainless steel bowls were recalled because of being contaminated with radioactive material. I decided to look into ceramic dog bowls but quickly learned they are prone to chips and cracks that can harbor bacteria and the glaze may contain lead. I thought about taking more 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 problems like BPA. Additionally, my dog would get acne or pimple-like bumps around his mouth when he was exposed to plastic. Furthermore, plastic bowls and ceramic bowls had the highest amount of bacteria after 14 days according to another study. Some of the bacteria found were salmonella and MRSA.

These USA made 304 stainless steel dog bowls are screened for radioactivity and heavy metals. These 18/8 stainless steel dog bowls won’t break or chip like the above bowls hold less bacteria. However recent studies still suggest you wash your stainless steel lead free dog bowls regularly as well as Disinfect them at least once a week. For a nontoxic method to disinfecting dog bowls, I put my dog’s bowl in the tub or shower and use my steam mop hose to steam them for several minutes.

Cheap dog bowls vs. these USA made Food Grade Stainless Steel dog bowls
Buy Quality..Once. Inferior bowls will cost you more
toxin free pet bowl on the right

Look at the difference! Both bowls are 1 year old.

The bowl on the left is a “cheap” bowl that has rusted and “flaked” off material that possibly was ingested by my client’s dog.

On the right, is my dog’s lead free dog bowls. It does not have any rust and looks fantastic!

My point? Investing in a good bowl upfront will save you money in the long run!

5 facts about these 18/8 stainless steel dog bowls

This company also sells a non-skid bowl mat to help prevent your bowls from moving around and keep your floor a little cleaner.  If you want to protect the bowls from scratches, then look into the bowl cozies.

For humans, they also make some quality stainless steel mixing bowls. These lead free mixing bowls can be purchased as individual bowls or buy them as a mixing bowl set. They come in 3 qt (8 cups), 5 qt (20 cups), and 8 quarts (32 cups). The larger mercury free bowls would be excellent for pet guardians who like to batch prep their home-cooked dog food. They are FREE of lead, mercury, and cadmium just like the dog bowls.

Heavyweight Stainless steel dog bowls

If you’re like me, you might wonder what 18/8 or 304 stainless steel dog bowls mean. I was told many stainless steel pots and 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 Heavyweight Stainless steel pet bowls are 22 gauge, which refers to the thickness, and have rounded corners which makes it easier for your dog or cat to lick the bowl clean. As it turns out the best water bowl is 304 stainless steel especially if the bowl is left outside. That said, it could be the best bowl for farm dogs.

Getting quality Cat food bowls. Dog food bowls or an extra large water bowl that will last a long time comes at a price. WHY? China-made bowls or 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 lead free dog bowls should be a 1x investment vs. other bowls you would likely need to replace within 1-2 years, which costs 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 fewer 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 dog bowls) is a good investment to me!

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

Dog bowls that take a lickin’

One testimonial that stood out to me was a customer who forgot she left the lead free dog bowls 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!

My follow up blog on these dog bowls offers tips on how to polish your bowls, why you might want to rotate your bowls, and my thoughts on these bowls after using them for several months. BONUS, there is a blooper video! Who doesn’t like bloopers right?!

Non metal dog bowl

If you prefer to stay away from metal and ceramic, here is a nontoxic dog bowl made from bamboo and rice husks. If you worry about the durability, I can say this ceramic bowl alternative may be a good option. I had a coffee cup made from a similar blend of materials and it lasted a long time!

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  1. Beth

    I am also looking for elevated, tilted, non-toxic, lead free cat food bowls made in the USA. Please let me know. I am having trouble finding these!

  2. Andreea

    Iam looking for a elevated lead free non toxic cat bowl

  3. Katie

    I would like to know if your usage made and tested for safety stainless steel bowls have skid proof bottoms. I’m looking for either glass dog bowls or stainless steel that are tested and food safe;made in the U.S. Thank you so much. All the stores I call do not have a safety certificate on their stainless steel. Katie white

    1. Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails

      Good morning Katie. In this blog or the bowl review blog, I had posted a link to the testing results for these bowls. They do not have skid proof bottoms, which could be a good thing to prevent a choking hazard. However they do have holders that you can place the bowls in or perhaps you could place them on a mat so they won’t slide.

    2. skaizun

      No-skid bowls have a rubber or silicone ring on the bottom. Some are removable, some aren’t. FWIW, my four mutts loved to “kick around” their water and food bowls, so, we wouldn’t deprive them of that bit of fun.