An automatic dog feeder will benefit both pet owners as well as their pets. Having the ability to feed your dog – even when you’re not at home – is probably the most beneficial aspect to owning an auto dog feeder.
Just think of it: no more hurried mornings of having to reach for a clean bowl, pour in or scoop in Fido’s food, bend over and feeding him – all before you’ve even had a chance to turn on the coffee pot. With an automatic dog feeder, old Fido can take care of the feeding, as well as the eating, all on his own!
There are many different automatic pet feeder designs. Some of those design differences include materials such as stainless steel, ceramic and plastic. Also, mechanisms used to provide feedings differ as do feeders sizes and styles.
While some auto dog feeders work on gravity and continuous flow, there are others that are so advanced that they can be set to feed Fido at specific times of the day. Not only can feedings be programmed by time, they can also be programmed by amount as well. This is excellent for dogs who might be a little on the chubby side and who must be fed smaller portions to help keep weight maintained or even to help him or her to lose a pound or two.
Some automatic dog feeder designs allow use by multiple pet homes. These are best used for little dogs and usually feature a double bowl area where the food is distributed. When it comes to multiple pet homes, it’s important that pet owners are sure that each dog will receive his or her fair share and won’t be bullied out of the way by the more dominant dog. If this is the case with your pets, be sure to give them each their own auto feeder so as to avoid one pet not receiving enough nourishment in your absence.
Speaking of small dogs, automatic dog feeder sizes range from those that can hold less than 1 pound of food when filled at capacity while others can hold as much as 40 pounds of food in their reservoirs. Along with food holding capacity, some auto feeders also include automatic water fountains as well so that your pet can have a fresh supply of water along with his or her feedings. Cleaning and maintenance of automatic dog feeders must be done properly to assure that the eating area is always clean and the food is free of bacteria, insects or other unhealthy, unwanted dangers. Also, it’s important to follow manufacturer’s suggestions on how often to fill your auto feeder however, only you know your dog – be sure to check that it’s full on a daily basis.
Automatic dog feeder prices range from as low as $25 to well over $100. For the largest array of designs, prices and brands to choose from, be sure to shop online.