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