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What is the clear slime in my dogs water bowl?

8th Sep 2015

What is the clear slime in my dogs water bowl?

Sometimes you might be looking at your dogs water bowl and notice a clear film on the top of the water, you may also notice that there is a clear slime around the edge of your dogs bowl where the water sits, this substance is actually called Biofilm and can be a lot more of a hazard to your dog than what you think.

What is Biofilm?

Biofilm is a collection of materials that build up on a surface, in this case it builds up on the surface of the water. The Biofilm is usually made up from organic and inorganic materials either living or dead that builds up. When it builds up on the surface it creates a thick subtsance and bacteria starts to stick to it.

Why is Biofilm hazardous to my dog?

Biofilm can be harmful when it has built up for too long and is full of bad bacteria, when this happens your dog can get unrinary tract infections, bladder infections and even ear infections.

How can I prevent it appearing?

To prevent the Bio film developing in the bowl ensure that your dog is given fresh water everyday and that the bowl is cleaned thoroughly. The longer it is left the more bacteria can build up.

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