WHAT MAINTENANCE IS REQUIRED?
Products Made by PAWS Creations for Water and/or Food: Place the drip bowl under the water bottle to catch any water drops that may occur. Empty and wash the drip bowl as needed. Regularly wipe the stand with a cloth to keep any water and/or food that may drop on the stands wiped off as over time it could damage your product (we use a cloth with Murphy’s Oil Soap diluted with water to wipe and clean our own personal stands).
Pet Water Bottle Hardware:
The water bottle manufacturer supplies and ships the bottle with hardware suitable for mounting on cages or fences. This hardware can be discarded or stashed in a drawer, as it is not needed with our products. DO NOT leave this hardware in the bottle as it will rust.
Pet Water Bottle Maintenance:
Also see the instructions and warranty on the cardboard label supplied by the water bottle manufacturer that shipped with your bottle. Per their instructions, do not place the water bottle in direct sunlight.
Cleaning and disinfecting: It is important that the bottle and drinking tube/cap-gasket assembly be kept clean.
Wash bottle, rubber gasket, cap and tube assembly before using the first time and then routinely in warm, soapy water and rinse thoroughly (a residue of soap can cause intestinal upset such as diarrhea)…5 or more rinses may be needed. I always use a small amount of white vinegar (about a teaspoon full) with my final rinse water as it will remove soap residue….(Google "white vinegar uses" for more useful tips).
Sterilizing or disinfecting the water bottle and tube assembly reduces the chances of bacteria or algae growth. Separate bottle, cap and gasket and soak submerged.
- To sterilize: Pour boiling water over bottle and tube assembly and immerse in the water for at least 15 minutes.
- To disinfect; Soak for one hour in solution using one-part household chlorine bleach to ten-parts water and rinse thoroughly….5 or more rinses may be needed.
Note: For those who add the tuna water from a can of water packed tuna or use flavored water to entice your pet to drink more wash and rinse the bottle frequently to prevent bacteria growth.
As with any pet watering system, the pet owner should check the bottle daily to insure that there is an adequate water supply, that no leaks have developed in the bottle and that the cap/drinking tube assembly is working properly. The drinking tube can become contaminated with food causing the balls to stick, (if the balls are not down in the correct position your pet will not be able to get ANY WATER. Seals can develop leaks or the bottle may be punctured by a chewing pet, all of which are easily corrected by a responsible pet owner.
As with any food utensil, wash after each use.