How to Annihilate Slimy Goo in Your Bulldog's Water Bowl.
I've got BIG news, especially for those in the wonderful, all-too-often slimy bowl, world of Bulldogs! It's a huge question being asked by Bulldog lovers - "Why does my dog's bowl get so slimy?" Just today, a reader on our site asked:
I just recently adopted a 5yr. old Bulldog. He’s a great dog, but....his drool. I can deal with it when it’s coming out of his mouth which isn’t often, but it’s emptying the water bowl that turns my stomach. I can take vomit, blood, feces, but I have a hard time emptying his water bowl because the bottom is filled with very thick saliva that just slides out slowly. I can hardly write this as the thought makes my stomach churn. Is there anything I can give him, feed him, any suggestions on how to loosen that saliva? I”ll try anything.
- Bulldog Owner, Ellie
Talk about frustration and disgust! I think the biggest upset for me concerning the whole "slimy bowl" thing is the fact that I have to empty my Bulldogs' bowls before the water ever even runs out because they're full of slime. It's a big waste of time and just another run-around that I don't need.
Our Bulldogs definitely create their fair share of gooey slime in the bowl. That thick layer that forms around the inside wall of the water bowl-NOT healthy for my dogs and NOT fun to clean!
So, over the years, when I get these questions about slime and how to get rid of it, the popular idea of switching to distilled or R.O. water has come up as a possible fix. The theory is that by switching to a "clean" water, or water with zero sediment(minerals), we can stop the gnarly flow of slime from our bullies' mouths to the inner wall of the water bowl - not to mention all over our homes.
Though I personally liked this idea and it's been gladly adopted by many Bulldog enthusiasts, the science behind this method is by no means infallible. It just hasn't been proven. The only proven method to stopping slime build up is introduced in this next paragraph.
The CuBowl: It's Elemental My Dear.
Dave + Kristen - Creators of CuBowl
is an ingenious idea conceived by David Nogas and Kristin Smart. This water dish for pets incorporates copper(Cu
) the 29th element on the periodic table of elements making excellent use of it's antimicrobial properties.
In the video linked to their kick-starter page
for their product, Kristin explains how she and Dave were tired of the annoying slimy layer constantly forming on the inside of their dog, Xavi's water bowl.
Kristin's lucky she doesn't have a Bulldog - their bowls are like slime production warehouses!
The elimination of the slimy coating is amazing, of course, but Dave and Kristin's copper bowls have even more to offer. When chatting with Dave about his and Kristin's Cu
Bowl, we both agreed there is an undeniable, proven science behind the effectiveness of their copper-plated pet bowls.
Copper is beautiful, we all know that, but did anyone stay awake in science class long enough to hear teacher mention it powerful anti-microbial properties?
When asked about these anti-microbial properties in copper, Professor William Keevil, microbiological researcher and Head of Environmental Research at the University of Southampton recently said, "Germs can survive for weeks and even months on stainless steel
and plastics, but research suggests that those same germs die very quickly on a copper surface."
The Bio-Film Destroyer
Does anyone recall being schooled on the oligodynamic effect?
Me neither, lol.
This is the best part!
If you watch this super scientific, but not at all boring video
, a dude in a lab coat will make this oligodynamic effect easy for us simple folk to understand.
Basically though, and I'm paraphrasing
, the microbiologist in the video explains how our dogs' tongues create this bio-film, often loaded with harmful bacteria, fungi and viruses that ends up coating the very bowl they drink from day to day.
He further demonstrates that copper's oligodynamic effect destroys and prevents the slimy bio-film that gets caked all over the water bowl!
This news is so exciting you might even begin thinking it's newly discovered, but not so. The benefits of copper are ancient history. Did you know the Aztecs treated sore throats with copper, while Persia and India applied copper to treat boils, eye infections and venereal ulcers? How could we ever have forgotten how important this God-given element is to the health of humanity and our pets?! Living in a culture that demands more for less will help a person forget real fast, I suppose.
Purchase The CuBowl Here!
The Copper CuBowl is Superior to Stainless Steel.
Left: A bacterial lawn formed from both standard bowl samples. Too many bacteria to count Right: One CuBowl sample had zero viable bacteria. The other had a small amount of viable bacteria, approximately 1500 CFU per ml
A recent study showed copper's natural antimicrobial properties are capable of annihilating over 99.9% of certain bacteria within only 2 hours of surface contact. That study also proved that when adenovirus, a promoter of respiratory diseases like kennel cough(bordetella), are exposed to stainless steel they can survive
, but copper effectively suppresses those virus particles to the point of complete inactivation!
As noted on David and Kristin's kick-starter page, microbes such as E. Coli can survive for weeks on the surface of a stainless steel bowl. Now, before learning about how cool the Cu
Bowl is, I loved stainless steel bowls for our Bulldogs. I've recommended stainless for years over the use of plastic and ceramic bowls, but it's time we all take advantage of this timeless, but recently-forgotten technology - the 29th chemical element, copper.
Sure, stainless steel has a few benefits. It isn't porous, so it's not as convenient a host for bacteria as a plastic pet bowl might be. Stainless steel bowls are attractive. They're slightly more affordable than copper-plated bowls. However, in comparison to the incredible benefits provided by that of a copper bowl and its potency against all kinds of harmful microorganisms and bio-films, the use of stainless steel falls short.
I recommend the continued use of Stainless Steel Bowls for dog food, but every Bulldog owner should upgrade their water bowl to Copper!