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How To: Choose The Right Bowl For Your Dog

 by jaime on 08 Oct 2014 |
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Along with other essentials like a name tag and a fun, interactive toy, a food and water bowl is absolutely vital for your dog's care and wellbeing.

For many owners, they may choose a bowl based on its size or aesthetic qualities, but careful consideration should be taken before committing to a bowl.

Like with many things, your dog should be the biggest indicator as to what bowl you choose.

If you have a large dog...
Opt for an elevated feeder. Having an elevated feeder means that your dog has less distance to dip down to and can be easier on joints.

If you have a puppy...
Choose a shallow bowl because their little face won't have to reach as far, eliminating pressure on the throat.

If you have a floppy-eared dog...
Go for a bowl that doesn't interfere with their lovely big ears! A steep sided bowl is perfect for this.
If you have an older/arthritic dog...
An elevated feeder is perfect because your dog's poor old bones and joints won't have to bend and reach as far. Elevated feeders are also great for dogs that are recovering from surgery.

If you have a short nosed dog...
Short nosed dogs need a short/shallow bowl as this relieves pressure on their throat.

If you have a long nosed dog...
You will need a deep bowl to give plenty of room for the extra-long nose to comfortably fit in and gobble down their food.

Please note, if your breed is susceptible to bloat then avoid choosing an elevated bowl - even if it seems suitable for their size/shape.

The type of material used to create dog bowls is a matter of preference as it is the shape that has a greater impact on your dog's comfort whilst eating. The following are the most common materials used:

Stainless steel
  • Can create noise when your dog is eating.
  • Durable
  • Easy to clean

  • Durable
  • Comes in a variety of designs
  • Can crack if not cared for properly

  • Durable
  • Easily cleaned

  • Durable
  • Stylish - can work well with many interiors.
  • Can be chewed up
  • Easy to clean
  • Inexpensive

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