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“Don’t Slime Me!”

What’s the Clear Slime Lurking in the Water Bowl?

Have you ever rubbed your fingers on the inside of your dog’s water bowl and felt a slippery slime? Well, that transparent goo is called Biofilm.

Biofilm is a collection of living and dead, organic and inorganic materials collected on a surface. It is made up of many different types of bacteria bound together in a thick substance that acts as a glue to both hold the bacteria together and adhere to a surface.

Harmful Biofilms have been found to be involved in various microbial infections in the body, such as bladder infections, urinary tract infections, and middle-ear infections.

How to minimize Biofilm:

  1. Be sure to clean your pet’s water bowl at least once a week and change the water every day. Don’t add fresh water to leftover water.
  2. For pet daycares where a host of various bacteria float around in water bowls, wash the bowl daily.
  3. For best results, run your water bowls through a hot cycle in the dishwasher with eco-friendly, non-toxic soap.

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Slimy water bowl with explanation

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