Here at Pawsome Pets Supply we take a look at the pros and cons of elevated dog feeders.
Pros of Elevated Feeders:
- Raised feeders are sometimes recommended by veterinarians for geriatric dogs, large breed dogs – such as Great Danes and German Shepherds – and or dogs with certain medical conditions.
- Raised feeders can provide ease of access to food and water which in turn can help facilitate movement of food when traveling from the mouth to the stomach.
- When your pets are able to consume their food from elevated bowls, this method of feeding places less strain on your pet's neck, hips, shoulders and joints, which can promote better posture. This can be a significant benefit for dogs of advanced age and those with arthritis.
- Another benefit of using an elevated dog feeder is it can keep the feeding area cleaner than if you merely placed the feed bowls on the floor.
- Some dogs find joy in splashing the water out of their bowl and on to the floor. Using elevated dog bowls helps to minimize this type of behavior.
- It is not uncommon for dog bowls to slide across the floor as your pet is trying to enjoy their dinner. Switching to raised bowls provides a stable feeding surface that your pet doesn't have to chase as their trying to eat.
- Raised dog feeders raise the bowls off the ground which means owner's don't have to bend down as far when filling the bowls. Eliminating unnecessary strain on the back.
Cons of Elevated Feeders
- Elevated dog feeders can be more expensive than your standard feeding bowls. While more costly, think of it as an investment in your best friend’s health. Here at Pawsome Pets Supply, we offer a variety of designs.
- Some studies have suggested that elevated feeders can increase risk of bloat. Dogs with a family history of bloat or belong to a breed that is high risk for bloat should think twice before using a raised diner. If bloat or gassiness is a concern, consider using a slow-feed bowl or food pacer.
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