Elevated Dog Bowl – Good or Bad?


pixabay.comBeing concerned dog parents, we not only choose what we feed our dog carefully but we may also be diligent on how we feed them. There are many types of bowls and dishes. Some made with metal, others plastic or ceramic. Some with weighted bottoms, others with non-skid rubber gripping rings attached to the bottoms.

All the different choices can leave you perplexed. I know that I was when I shopped for my own bowls for my babies. Surely, you have heard of an elevated dog bowl, if you haven’t these are feeding system that slightly elevate your dogs bowls off the floor.

The real question is are these bowls good for dogs or not.

The Reality

Some information out there suggests that these feeding systems can help your dog with swallowing and reduces the stress and or strain on their necks. That is actually true but only in certain situations. In general elevating your dogs bowls aren’t really necessary. Your pooch would be perfectly fine without a bowl at all. Of course for us parents not using any type of feeder, be it bowls or what have you, would only be a messy ordeal.

Even though, generally elevating their bowls aren’t needed there are situations where you would want to do this. The obvious case being that you were advised by your veterinarian. You see, if your dog has some type of medical condition elevated feeding can actually help with certain kinds of conditions.

Risks & Exceptions

Feeding your dog from an elevated feeder has been connected with the increase risk of bloat. If you didn’t know this, bloating is a serious ailment that is or can be sometimes fatal. We must make sure that we aren’t putting our four-legged babies at even more risk of bloating.

These types of feeders can actually be helpful as well, if your veterinarian finds some type of medical conditions. Let’s say that your pooch is suffering from neck aches or pains, elevating their food bowls can help with the relief of this ailment. Our older pups that struggle with arthritis and have tense necks can find comfort with these feeders as well.

Your veterinarian may advise you to use this type of feeding system is your dog has an esophageal muscle condition, with this condition your dogs throat muscles have difficulty or can no longer push their food into their stomachs for digestion. Swallowing problems like these can be helped with elevation of food bowls.

However, your veterinarian will and should make the decision to use such a feeding system. So, please seek the advice of your veterinarian first before you decide to get one of these systems for your dog.

Your Options

pixabay.comIf you are advised by your veterinarian that this type of feeder is safe or suggested for your pooch, you have great options out there. You can choose a plastic option. They usually come with metal or stainless steel bowls. Some plastic options have built it food storage, or even splash or mess guards attached.

Wood bases are also an option. Some are very modern in design but almost all of very aesthetically pleasing. These also usually come with metal or stainless steel bowls. Wooden feeders can also be found with food storage and can be made of reclaimed wood if that is something you fancy.

Lastly, you can find a metal base type of feeding system. Metal bases are available in pretty wrought iron type, where metal rods are curled and twisted or bent into beautiful designs. Designs range from minimal to very intricate. You will have many options to fit your or your dogs personality.

Metal or stainless steel bowls are again an option with metal bases, but you can also find ceramic bowls that are included with metal bases. No matter what your preference, ceramic bowls have options; prints, colors, patterns, designs, personalized and even cute quotes.

Sized Right

Do you have more than one dog that can benefit from an elevated dog bowl? Not a problem.

my dogs bowlThese feeding systems come in different sizes to accommodate any size dog. For years now I have been using this type of feeding system for my two smaller dogs (to the right is a picture I took of the actual system I own and use). One is a short chihuahua and the other is slightly bigger and definitely taller and I was able to find the perfect sizes for both of them.

The bowls that came with their systems are also the perfect portion size for them as well. You can be sure that you will be able to find the perfect size to fit your dog no matter how big or small.

You’re Informed

Dog parents are always concerned with the care of their pooch baby. Choosing a feeding system is no exception. Elevated dog bowls are an option but are not generally needed for feeding. They have been known to increase the risk of bloating which can be fatal. However, there are exceptions to this.

Medical condition may prompt your veterinarian to advise you to use such a feeder. Certain conditions affecting swallowing, or neck conditions due to arthritis can be relieved with elevated food systems. However, it is in the best interest of your baby’s health to consult your veterinarian before you begin the use of these feeders.

If the use of this type of feeder is advised by your veterinarian, you have great choices as far as type, style, color, design, patterns, and most importantly a choice of sizes. Having many options can make it harder to choose, but hopefully now with the information you just received it will be a little easier to make a decision that best suits your needs.

It is imperative that I stress the importance of seeking the consultation and advice of your trusted veterinarian BEFORE you begin using an elevated feeding system for your dog.

My hope is that you found this article informative as well as enjoyable to read. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to leave them below.

Deep Regards,

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10 thoughts on “Elevated Dog Bowl – Good or Bad?”

  1. I think it’s natural for dogs to ear from the ground zero levels. However, I agree if a dog needs special attention because of the age or ill condition, elevated or other special bowls are a great option if your vet says yes. Thanks, for sharing the information.

    1. admin says:

      Hello Ivan,
      Thank you for your comment. Do you have any suggestions on how I could improve upon my article or my website (its still a work in progress). Any ideas would be appreciated.

  2. Mymoena says:

    Wow! very informative article! I did not know there was a particular reason for elevated dog bowls before now. Thanks for advising, I will surely be taking a closer look at this soon.


    1. admin says:

      Hello Mymoena,
      Thank you for your nice comments. Anything that I can work on?

  3. Hi Danielle, Great advice about the need or not of elevated feeding bowls for dogs. I had a Great Dane who really enjoyed eating out of his elevated bowl. I had not thought that it could be a problem. Now that you have pointed this out, it makes perfect sense and I shall also check with my children who have dogs that they are doing the correct thing with their dogs.
    We think we are doing them a favor but obviously, this is not always so.

    1. admin says:

      Hello There,
      Thank you for your comments. I have two dogs myself that love their elevated bowls and have enjoyed them for years now. I didn’t think it was an issue either, thankfully I haven’t had a problem with my babies. It would not hurt for your children whom are dog owners to make sure that it isn’t causing any issues.
      Again, thank you for your comments.. Please let me know if there is anything I can improve on. It would be appreciated

  4. Jackson says:

    Aloha Danielle,
    As someone who has 4 dogs myself I really found your post very informative. I was thinking about getting an elevated dog bowl thinking that is would be more comfortable for them but now that you pointed out that it really is not necessary. My dogs don’t seem to mind eating at ground level as long as they get fed!

    PS what part of Hawaii do you reside in? I’m in Oahu on the Leeward side.

    1. Admin says:

      Aloha Jackson,
      Thank you for your comments. I have three dogs myself. Two of which eat from elevated bowls actually (they’re just fine) and one does not. I think you’re right as long as they get fed (lol) and they have no issues eating their current way, there is no need to change what they are used to. Again, thank you for reading and enjoying my post.

      PS: I’m on the Big Island. I have family in Oahu (an Uncle in Ewa). It’s awesome to meet someone in WA that lives in the same time zone (lol).

  5. Ali says:

    What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You! For sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for about elevated dog bowl and when I landed to your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details.
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    1. admin says:

      Hello Ali,
      I really appreciate your quality comments. I am overjoyed that you found this post helpful and informative. Being a dog parent myself sharing this was important to me. Again, thank you so much for your comments.

      Mahalo & Aloha,

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