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Dog Bowls, Feeders & Storage
Choosing The Right Dog Bowl for Your Dog
Dog bowls come in several different types and styles. Here's what you need to know to help you choose the right kind of bowl for your dog.
Stainless steel bowls
Stainless steel bowls have several good qualities. They are easy to clean and sanitize. You can wash them in a dishwasher. They are inexpensive. They come in various shapes and weights so you can find one to suit your dog. For example, if you have a dog with long ears, you can find a bowl that is conical in shape to keep the dog's ears out of his food. Some stainless steel bowls are even weighted so your dog can't tip them over. They are also durable and last a long time. Stainless steel bowls have much to recommend them and many people like them.
On the other hand, they are not the prettiest bowls. If you are looking for more attractive bowls, you may wish to consider ceramic bowls.
Ceramic bowls are beautiful, heavyweight bowls that are good for feeding your dog. Some of them are dishwasher-safe. They are breakable, which is a drawback, but most of them are quite heavy and won't break easily. Dogs can't usually slide them around. Many ceramic bowls have gorgeous designs and you can even have your dog's name put on the bowl. You can also get matching food and water bowls. Ceramic bowls are quite durable and long-lasting.
Raised bowls and feeders
Some breeders and veterinarians recommend feeding dogs from raised bowls and feeders. This is particularly true if you have a large breed or one that is prone to bloat, a serious gastrointestinal illness. There is some belief that feeding your dog from a raised feeder can help prevent bloat if you have a breed that is prone to it such as a German Shepherd Dog, an Irish Setter, or other deep-chested breed. Some dogs also find it more comfortable to eat while standing so they might prefer to use a raised dog diner.
Automatic feeders can be a good way to feed your dog, especially if you will be away from home during the day or overnight and will miss your dog's regular feeding times. The best automatic feeders are those which allow you to pre-determine how much food will be dispensed at each feeding. That way your dog can't gorge himself continuously. The drawback with automatic feeders is that some dogs can find a way to open them and eat all the food they want when you aren't home. If you are planning to buy an automatic feeder, make sure you choose one that is made well so your dog won't be able to open it.
When choosing the right bowl for your dog you should consider how you feed your dog and what kind of bowl your dog needs. There are lots of great dog bowls from which to choose. Find one that you and your dog will like.