How often have you noticed a slimy build-up on your pet’s water or food bowl? Do you just refill the bowls without washing? If so, you could be putting your cat or dog’s health at risk.
What is That Slime in Your Pet’s Bowl?
The bacteria on your pet’s tongue sticks to the bowl. If the bowl remains unwashed, the bacteria build up into a biofilm which can contaminate food or water. Biofilm feels like a thin slime to the touch and is made up different bacteria that bind together. There are good bacteria and bad. Unfortunately, as they bind together into this slimy, glue-like substance, it contaminates the water and food. The biofilm may contain bacteria that can include E. coli, listeria, salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, and more. Biofilm can lead to health problems such as urinary tract infections and kidney issues. It has also been linked to periodontal disease in cats and dogs.