Cleaning and Maintenance of Smart Water Bowls: Keeping Your Dog’s Hydration System in Top Shape

by Jean-luc poochcard
red head woman cleaning her dog's smart water bowls

Hey there, dog lovers! I’ve really been enjoying writing all of these articles on intelligent H20 bowls and feeders

🐾 Today, we’re diving into the nitty-gritty of keeping your dog’s smart water bowls spick and span. Trust me, it’s not just about the water; it’s also about the bowl. So, let’s get started!


Why Cleanliness Matters

“A clean bowl is a healthy bowl.”

Bacteria can quickly accumulate in water bowls, leading to potential health issues like gastrointestinal problems. So, cleanliness is not just about aesthetics; it’s a health necessity.

Top 5 Diseases Caused by Bacteria

Seriously, folks, bacteria in a water dish is no joke! Even if you have a top-of-the-line, super genius watering bowl for your pup that claims to clean itself every hour, we still highly recommend some good old-fashioned elbow grease and dish soap every once in a while.

DiseaseSymptomsEstimated Cases
E.coliDiarrhea, vomiting1 in 20 dogs
SalmonellaFever, lethargy1 in 50 dogs
MRSASkin infections1 in 100 dogs
LeptospirosisJaundice, fever1 in 200 dogs
GiardiaDiarrhea, gas1 in 30 dogs
All of these have been found in smart bowls containing stagnant dog water!

Note: These are estimated statistics and can vary.


Leptospirosis is no joke!

Essential Cleaning Supplies

  • Dish Soap: For hand washing
  • Dish Scrub Brush or Sponge: To scrub away the grime
  • Dishwasher Detergent: If you’re using a dishwasher

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide: A Detailed Walkthrough

Keeping your dog’s smart water bowl clean is a multi-step process that requires attention to detail. Here’s a more comprehensive guide to ensure you’re doing it right.


Step 1: Empty and Soak Bowls
  • Action: Remove any leftover water from the bowl.
  • Why: This ensures that you’re starting with a clean slate.
  • How: Simply tilt the bowl over a sink to empty it.
  • Next: Fill the bowl with a mixture of warm water and dish soap.
  • Soak Time: Let it soak for at least 10 minutes to loosen any grime or biofilm.

Step 2: Scrubbing Time
  • Action: Scrub the bowl thoroughly.
  • Why: To remove any bacteria, algae, or food particles.
  • How: Use a dish scrub brush or sponge dedicated solely for pet items.
  • Focus Areas: Pay special attention to the corners and the bottom of the bowl where grime can accumulate.

Step 3: Rinse Thoroughly
  • Action: Rinse off all the soap and grime.
  • Why: Any soap residue can be harmful to your dog.
  • How: Use warm running water and make sure to rinse every nook and cranny.
  • Double-Check: Hold the bowl up to the light to make sure you’ve removed all soap residues.

Step 4: Disinfect (Optional but Recommended)
  • Action: Disinfect the bowl.
  • Why: To kill any remaining bacteria.
  • How: You can use a pet-safe disinfectant or a mixture of one part bleach to ten parts water.
  • Soak Time: Let it soak for around 10 minutes.
  • After Soaking: Rinse thoroughly to remove any traces of the disinfectant.

Step 5: Dry the Bowls
  • Action: Dry the bowl completely before refilling it with water.
  • Why: A wet bowl can attract more bacteria.
  • How: Air dry or use a clean towel dedicated solely for your pet’s items.
  • Extra Tip: If you’re air-drying, place the bowl upside down to ensure all water droplets are removed.

Step 6: Refill with Fresh Water
  • Action: Fill the clean bowl with fresh water.
  • Why: Fresh water is essential for your dog’s health.
  • How: Use filtered water if possible, and fill the bowl to a level that’s easy for your dog to drink from.

By following these detailed steps, you’re not just cleaning a bowl; you’re ensuring your dog’s hydration source is as clean and safe as possible. Remember, a little effort goes a long way in keeping your furry friend healthy and happy!


Choosing the Safest Material

Stainless steel is generally the safest and easiest to clean. Plastic or ceramic bowls can be more porous, making them harder to clean. The pores allow bacteria to set up shop. These materials aren’t necessarily bad – and it’s hard to find good smart bowls without some plastic – just be aware that they’ll need more frequent cleaning than stainless steel bowls.

woman looking sadly at her dog in a flood
Sometimes, it’s good to sit back and feel gratitude about the world we live in. This picture was taken a mere 300 years ago, when smart water bowls were inconceivable, and humans couldn’t even depend on clean water for themselves, much less their furry friends.

Personal Anecdote

Ah, let me take you back to a sunny afternoon that turned into quite the learning experience for me. My adorable dog, Bolero, had been acting a bit off for a couple of days. He was lethargic, not as playful, and seemed to have lost his appetite. Naturally, I was concerned.

I checked his food, ensured he was getting his regular exercise, and even took him to the vet for a quick check-up. The vet gave him a clean bill of health, which left me puzzled. What could be the issue?

Then, it hit me. I had been so caught up in my daily routine that I had completely overlooked cleaning his smart water bowl. I mean, it’s just water, right? How bad could it be?

Well, I was in for a rude awakening. When I finally decided to clean the bowl, I was shocked to find a slimy film at the bottom. It was a breeding ground for bacteria, and I had been unknowingly subjecting Bolero to it. The guilt was overwhelming.

beautiful woman cleaning her dogs water bowl in a beach
Oh, Bolero! I’m so sorry I let your water get dirty. I promise you that I will always clean your Smart Water Bowl before bacteria have a chance to grow.

I immediately scrubbed the bowl clean, sanitized it, and filled it with fresh water. I also set a reminder on my phone to clean it daily. Within a day or two, Bolero was back to his cheerful self, wagging his tail and running around like he owned the place.

That incident was a wake-up call for me. It taught me that something as simple as a water bowl could have a significant impact on my dog’s health. It also made me realize that when it comes to pet care, there are no small tasks. Every little detail counts, especially when it impacts the well-being of our furry family members.

So, the moral of the story? Never underestimate the importance of a clean water bowl. It’s not just a container; it’s a vital part of your dog’s health regimen. And trust me, a little effort goes a long way in ensuring your pet stays as happy and healthy as they deserve to be.

isabella cleaning her dogs water bowls
Isabella’s pups, Chico and Tango, think it’s a game when she cleans their bowls. It’s so cute.

Final Thoughts

Your dog’s health is closely tied to the cleanliness of their water bowl. A little effort in regular cleaning can go a long way in keeping your furry friend healthy and happy.

Happy grooming and pet care! 🐶💦

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