When it comes to eating, no one loves doing it more than dogs! And giving your four-legged best friend a nutritious meal and a comfortable space to eat it will help you to demonstrate just how much you love your him. Elevated dog bowls can make meals even more pleasurable for many types of dogs such as seniors, long-legged and large-chested breeds.
By lifting his food off of the floor, you’ll give him the opportunity to eat his meals without having to put extra stress on his joints. You’ll also make is to he doesn’t have to scrunch down or even lay on the floor to reach his food. This is especially important when it comes to older dogs who might be inflicted with arthritis and suffer from hip and shoulder pain.
Elevated dog bowls come in various heights and often feature a stand with a hole or holes in which one or two dog bowls are placed. They are made from materials such as wood or metal and vary in price depending on style and size. For multiple pet homes, it may be best to purchase elevated dog bowls for each pet so there’s no danger of one dog eating another’s food.
To find the right height for your dog’s bowl, measure the height of his or her shoulders from the ground when standing. Then, subtract about 6 inches for medium to large dogs. For smaller dogs, subtract about 4 inches from your measurement. That will give you the proper height. There are many different styles in elevated dog bowls so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding the perfect one at the perfect height.
Elevated dog bowls can, in many cases, be a kinder solution to a bowl on the floor for larger, taller and older dogs. Not only do they make it easier for dogs to eat, they also help to keep messes up off the floor as well. Of course, with that said, it’s also important to consider that some veterinarians believe that elevated dog bowls may cause dogs to eat faster than the traditional style bowls. This faster eating can cause gas and bloating which in some cases can be an emergency situation. Therefore, it’s always best that you check with your dog’s doctor before purchasing an elevated dog food bowl or elevating your dog’s current bowl on your own. Your vet will be able to judge your particular breed’s susceptibility for bloating and gastritis. He or she can take into consideration your pet’s medical history and suggest the proper height bowl for your pet.