We just received word from a dog-loving reader about some worms in her dogs outside water bowl. She wrote that every morning she goes to put some freshwater in the outdoor bowl and finds some fat dark brown worms in the dish. She said that the worms are not there when she fills up the water, but somehow make it into the bowl by the time she returns to fill up the bowl the next morning.
She wonders what these could be, and we are also quite curious!
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We are grateful she also included a photo, but it doesn’t reveal too much about the critter. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to determine what these creatures in the water bowl are. However, we can offer her some recommendations on how to get rid of these creatures.
It is likely that although she fills these bowls with freshwater daily, there is still some bacteria and grime living in the bowls. She should replace these bowls more often, or clean them using a soap that is designed to destroy organic material. Whatever this creature is, it is likely feeding on the grime in these bowls and keeps returning because it is a reliable food source.
Finally, if she is concerned that these worms might be coming from her dogs, we suggest she contact a veterinary to weigh in on the issue.
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To summarize, we were unable to determine what the organism our reader found in her dog’s outdoor water bowl was, but we have some suggestions on how to get rid of it.