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View Poll Results: How often do you wash your dog dishes?
After every meal. 6 13.04%
Once a day. 5 10.87%
Once a week. 6 13.04%
Once a month. 4 8.70%
Wash...what? 23 50.00%
My dogs don't eat out of dishes/other. 2 4.35%
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Old 10-24-2013, 03:58 AM
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They rarely get washed. Jack eats in his crate and Sally eats loose in the same room. Both dogs lick their own dishes very thoroughly, then when they are done eating they switch and lick each others dishes very thoroughly.

If I need a dish washer filler I throw them in. I feed kibble. The cats bowls get washed if they look icky. The birds bowls are washed daily, because they often poop in them, and Yoda and Solo drop their bird kibble in their water dishes to soak a but before eating it, so those get gross fast.

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Old 10-24-2013, 05:16 AM
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Natasha's food bowl gets washed after every meal, unless she doesn't finish all the kibble and there's more than half, then it just gets refilled and, when she finishes, washed.
The water bowl... a little less, but it's kept clean.

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Old 10-24-2013, 06:33 AM
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I said once a month. Basically if I go to fill it and it feels slimy I wash it. His water bowl gets washed more often because I have to go to the sink to dump it out and rinse it anyways, might as well wash it while I'm there.

The cats' dishes get washed after every meal. They lick theirs just as clean as the dog does but they used to leave some behind so it would have to be watched. That just put us in the habit of washing them all the time.

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Old 10-24-2013, 06:43 AM
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I mean... what do you do with them after the dog/cat is done eating?!
Ignore them until they are ready to eat again? Both dogs have placemats. The bowls just sit there. Meg's has the water bowl on it as well.

The water bowl gets dumped and rinsed at least once a day, usually more like twice. Usually wiped out with a paper towel each time as well, so it doesn't get that slimy film.

The food bowls get washed generally whenever I'm staying in a motel, because I don't bring a separate water bowl. I feed them in their bowls when we get there, then wash them out (no soap, just hot water and paper towels) and refill with water.

The dogs aren't dead yet.

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Old 10-24-2013, 08:37 AM
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I guess a contributing factor to mine is that bowls can't be left down with Bailey. She doesn't guard water bowls but anything that contained food, she would. (Except that when we visited her this past weekend, Gabby and Buzz used "her" water bowl and her food bowl was sitting next to it because she'd just eaten... so maybe living alone has eliminated that stress for her?)
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Old 10-24-2013, 11:29 AM
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Originally Posted by SpringerLover View Post
I mean... what do you do with them after the dog/cat is done eating?!
Nothing. They just stay in their respective corners. We don't have space to actually put them "away" so they just stay on the floor and get kicked around if they're in the way.

My cat is 12 years old, has had the same food dish his entire life, and I'm pretty certain I have never washed it lol. If he doesn't lick his bowl clean, then the dogs do, and it just doesn't look dirty so meh

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Old 10-24-2013, 11:44 AM
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As for the ferret bowls... They don't get washed. If I have a single ferret (like I do now, Nacho), those bowls get washed after that ferret is gone, then stored until it is needed again.

Ren and Ella's bowls were washed when they were bought.
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Old 10-24-2013, 12:34 PM
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I put once a week ... But it's really like once every few days. My bowls are plastic because all mine are afraid to eat out of metal bowls xD, maybe it's the reflection or the sound ... They drink water out of one outside ... Silly dogs. Plus plastic is more durable than porcelain and cheaper to replace if it breaks or whatever.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Emily View Post
I just throw them in the dishwasher when there's room but I want to run it.
This, too... though not often.

ETA: Forgot to say, we feed kibble.
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Old 10-24-2013, 01:53 PM
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We feed kibble. Bowls get washed...whenever. Either they are slimy or I just want to throw something in the dishwasher. They get rinsed out with hot water daily though.

Afterwards they just sit on his stand/kibble container.
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