Feeding time is important for your pet. It's an opportunity to replenish nutrients lost during an active (and even sedentary) day.
It's important to feed a quality food that offers the beneficial vitamins and nutrients WITHOUT the potential harmful fillers and by-products.
There are a myriad of pet food brands. While we have our favorites, our advise is to read the label. If it sound like something you wouldn't eat, DON'T feed it to your dog!
Their "dining table" is also important. The appropriately-sized bowl (which should be washed often to prevent bacteria illnesses) is beneficial to get the right amount of food (especially if you don't leave the bowl full all day).
The height of the bowl also has known benefits for most dogs. Having a dog bowl at your dog's correct height allows them to maintain a healthier posture. When their head is kept above the stomach, food travels more efficiently down the digestive tract. There is less strain on their leg joints and neck.
You can find the correct height for your dog's food bowl by measuring your standing dog from the floor beneath the front paws up to the top of the shoulders and then subtract approximately 6 inches. The top of a dog food bowl at the correct height should sit level with the dog’s lower chest.
However, some dogs need to be watched for a potentially-fatal stomach disorder called "Bloat" (technically known as "gastric dilatation volvulus" or "GDV" for short). Statistically, up to 20% of dogs weighing 99 pounds or more are likely to bloat in their lifetimes––usually as they get older––but any dog breed can bloat at any time.
While elevated food bowls have been considered a potential cause of Bloat, rapid eating, and having a history of first-degree family members who are bloated increases the risk.
If you have a larger/older predisposed dog(s) who eats quickly, please speak with your veterinarian. There are options to prevent this very serious disorder! They can also provide their opinion on the pros/cons of elevated feeders for your pet. We also encourage you to look into bowls that have permanent inserts inside the bow to slow their eating pace.
If your thinking about an elevated feeder for your four-legged buddy, contact us! We will work with you to create a fine dining experience for your friend!