My 8-month-old puppy, Izzy, is a big girl of about 65 lbs. Watching her eat from a ground-level food bowl just didn’t look comfortable, so I decided to purchase her a raised dog bowl.
I set up the feeder and was excited about my purchase…until my husband spoiled my fun. “Another thing the dog doesn’t need?”
Well, that was just the nudge I needed to do a little research to show why my little Izzy needed a raised dog bowl! This is what I found:
Benefits of a Raised Dog Bowl
- Raised dog bowls aid posture for proper digestion.
- Eating from a raised bowl eases joint strain and neck tension during feeding.
- Eating from a raised level eliminates uncomfortable bending or crouching.
- Raised dog bowls are a really important aid for dogs with megaesophagus, that have difficulty swallowing, or other digestive problems.
- Promote hygiene and cleanliness: dogs are less likely to drip water on the floor when drinking from an raised water bowl. Moisture that may get under the dishes creates a great place for molds and bacteria to grow; raised dog bowls help prevent that.
- BONUS! Less bending is required to fill & pickup raised dog bowls, especially helping owners who have physical disabilities, arthritis or back problems.
As I get up there in age, I can more easily imagine why older or arthritic dogs must particularly appreciate raised dog bowls. Even though my Izzy is a young pup, I think she appreciates it, too. So, yes, Izzy does need a raised dog bowl!
A note from Veterinarian Dr. Holly Nash: Some studies suggest that dogs who are susceptible to bloat should not be fed with elevated feeders; other studies have not found this to be true. It is recommended, however, that dogs at increased risk be fed at floor level. Dogs at increased risk of bloat are usually large, deep-chested breeds such as Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Doberman Pinschers, and many of the setters.
Shop For Raised Dog Bowls at Drs. Foster & Smith Pet Supplies:
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