Dog bowls are a necessity, but there is no need to sacrifice safety for style. You can have both! There are all kinds of dog bowls out there, but the most common are plastic, ceramic and stainless steel. When looking for a stylish bowl that will fit in with your home’s decor, most people think of plastic or ceramic.
Plastic bowls wear down over time and the material in the plastic can leach into your pet’s food and water. If you are using a ceramic bowl, beware that some glazes used to coat the dog bowl could contain lead and/or other chemicals. Ceramic can also chip, which can harbor bacteria and even be ingested by your pet. Stainless steel, on the other hand, is durable, sanitary, won’t rust, and won’t leach any toxic materials.
I recommend purchasing a feeder, which allows you more options for style. Most feeders include a stainless steel bowl that can be removed for cleaning. There are also no-spill bowls for the pets that like to knock over their dinner, slow-feed bowls for those who like to eat quickly, and many other styles.
Remember, style is important, but safety is a priority. Always check and make sure the bowl you are about to buy is intended for food use. Now go out and enjoy shopping for your beloved pet!