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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

Lead-free dog food bowls made in the USA

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, tap water is loaded with chemicals, pharmaceutical and VOC’s and heavy metals such as mercury. Mercury itself can contribute to cancer, viruses, and bacteria. This toxic cocktail can lead to tumors, lipomas, 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 & Cat 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 a pimple like bumps on his face when he was exposed to plastic.

Radioactive free dog bowls & cat food bowls

I was beginning to wonder if 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 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
  • Great for dry food, wet food, and water
  • 18/8 stainless steel or 300 series stainless steel
  • Radioactive free, lead-free, and mercury free (heavy metals)
  • Bowls from each batch are tested! Click here for Test Results.
Buy Quality..Once. Inferior bowls will cost you more

Lead-free and Mercury free pet bowls

It pays off to get a good quality dog bowl!

Both of the bowls in the picture to the right —-> are 1 year old. Look at the difference!!

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. The bowl on the right is the bowl featured in this blog. It does not have any rust and looks fantastic!

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.

Getting quality Cat food bowls and Dog food bowls that will last a long time and are 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 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 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 or 1 small bowl and 1 medium bowl.

Pet bowls that take a lickin’

One testimonial that really stood out to me was 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.

For other tips on how to polish your bowls and why you might want to rotate your bowls, read the dog bowl review I wrote after using these bowls for several months. BONUS, there is a blooper video! Who doesn’t like bloopers right?!

Other articles that may interest you: non-stick free ovens are safer for your pets, plastic-free coffee maker, fight fleas naturally

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2 Responses to “Lead free pet food bowls”

  1. Katie says:

    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

    • Happy Trails & Wag'n Tails says:

      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.

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