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Well, you may want to stick it in the dishwasher, because it’s one of the germiest things in your house! The product testing organization NSF International found most pet bowls contain things like yeast, mold, and bacteria like E.coli.

Most of us pet owners don’t think the bowls are a problem. But in a recent study, out of 30 items swabbed and tested from people’s homes, pet bowls ranked near the top of the list!

But things like salmonella and E.coli can fester in your pet’s bowl – making your pet very sick. And even if you accidentally touch the bowl or pick it up, it can make YOU horribly sick, too. The researchers say pet bowls should be washed daily. And if you feed your pet raw food, it should be washed after every meal. Also, the experts say get rid of any plastic bowls altogether. Because germs are more likely to hide and multiply in the cracks of plastic bowlsmore so than in ceramic or stainless steel pet-food bowls.

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