DOG bowls could harbor deadly insects that could harm you and your family, a study warns.
New research has found that if you don’t wash your pooch’s food bowl regularly, you’re putting yourself at risk of additional germs.
Not only could these affect their health, but yours as well, the Food and Drug Association warned.
One study found that just 12 percent of dog owners said they wash their dog’s bowl every day, while 18 percent said they do it every three months or not at all.
The FDA said not cleaning it often enough “poses significant health risks to pets and pet owners.”
There is a risk that bacteria like salmonella and listeria – which can make people very sick – to grow.
Typical signs of infection in humans are diarrhea, stomach cramps, and sometimes vomiting and fever.
symptoms They usually last between four and seven days and don’t require treatment – although in extreme cases sufferers may need hospital care for the resulting dehydration, which can be dangerous.
Persons infected with Salmonella should remember to drink plenty of fluids.
Symptoms can be more severe in pregnant women, children, adults over 65, and people with weaker immune systems.
The study states: “Contaminated dog food exposure can have health implications for both dogs and humans.
“For example, there have been several outbreaks in which both humans and dogs have become ill after exposure to dog food contaminated with pathogenic bacteria.
“These risks may be amplified in households with children and/or immunocompromised individuals, which made up more than a third of respondents’ households.
“Response to individual recommendations varied, however, overall hygiene-related handling practices (hand, bowl and utensil washing) showed low levels of compliance.
“Furthermore, human studies of self-reported handwashing indicate that overestimation of hygiene and related forces, including social desirability effects, would be expected in this study.”
Pet food itself can be contaminated, so it pays to be extra careful to avoid bugs.
According to the study, raw food is the biggest culprit for health risks.
It is more likely to contain harmful bacteria, so owners are advised not to feed their pets this type of food.
A few simple steps can help minimize the risk of illness, including a quick scan of all the groceries you buy to make sure the packaging isn’t damaged or discolored.
That FDA recommends Start and end with clean hands – always wash before and after handling food or treats.
If possible, wash pet bowls and all utensils with soap and hot water after each use.
Do not use the bowl as a ladle, use a spoon or cup instead and only use it to ladle food.
Make sure you dispose of old or spoiled pet food safely.
Store canned or bagged pet food in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Store dry food in a cool place, if possible in the original packaging with the lid closed tightly.
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