How to choose a bowl for a dog?
How to choose a bowl for a dog? It would seem that there is nothing complicated in this matter. But in practice, it turns out that one model is much more convenient than another and that an improperly selected bowl can lead to poor posture and even an upset stomach. In our article we will tell you what to look for when choosing a bowl in the first place.
1. Bowl material
When choosing a bowl, be sure to look at the material from which it is made. Its service life and the safety of the dog depend on this. For example, plastic is scratched, bacteria get into cracks, which is unacceptable from the point of view of hygiene. That is why experts recommend replacing plastic saucers at least once a year.
A good option are ceramic bowls. They look very good, but, unfortunately, fight easily.
The best solution is stainless steel bowls. Such models are the most durable and durable. By the way, for ease of use, you can choose a model with a stainless steel saucer and a stand made of another non-slip material.
2. Bowls that do not slip
Bowls sliding on the floor are a headache for many owners and a complete inconvenience for the pets themselves. Eating complicated in this way leaves behind “traces” throughout the kitchen. Spilled water, food spread on the floor, in which the dog also stains its paws – the owner encounters all this several times a day. And you can stumble about a bowl, shifted by the pet in the middle of the kitchen.
To avoid this problem, purchase bowls with anti-slip rubber elements at the bottom. A great option is melamine bowls with removable stainless steel saucers (for example, a bowl on a SuperDesign melamine stand). Such bowls also look presentable, like ceramic, do not slip, do not scratch, do not break, and besides, they are very easy to wash.
3. Solid cast double bowls: pros and cons
Bowl for dogs
Solid bowls look very impressive and, at first glance, promise ease of use. It seems that the dog will not roll them all over the apartment and the owner will not have to think about where to pour water and where to put food. But it’s not so simple. Single double bowls are very difficult to wash. If you want to replace water or feed, you will have to empty both compartments.
However, manufacturers took this flaw into account and developed double bowls on a stand with removable saucers (for example, a double bowl on a melamine stand for SuperDesign food and water). They do not need to be washed in their entirety; just remove one saucer from the stand, which is very convenient.
4. Compliance with the size and breed characteristics of the dog
Bowl for dogs
The size of the bowl should match the size of the dog. Puppies will not fit models that are larger than their size, while the Great Dane will not eat up from a bowl intended for a toy terrier.
Also pay attention to the shape of the bowl. For dogs with long ears, bowls that are slightly indented and tapered up are suitable so that they do not sink into the food while eating (for example, a Picnic Spaniel bowl). And for bearded dogs and other pets that are not the most accurate when eating, the ideal choice would be bowls with a special tray to prevent water splashing and food scattering (for example, Petstages Spill Guard bowls). Such models will keep the feeding place clean.
5. Bowls on a tripod – the best you can think of for medium and large dogs
Tripod bowls (such as Hunter Smart) are the perfect choice. Especially for dogs of large and medium breeds. Such bowls solve several problems at once. Firstly, they prevent the spread of food and spillage of water. Let’s talk about this in more detail.
In order to swallow water, the dog needs to raise its head. That is why the space around low bowls is constantly flooded with water. Thanks to the high stand, the dog will no longer need to raise its head, and a small amount of water pouring out of the mouth will fall not on the flooring, but in a bowl. It is also important that the stand does not allow excessively active puppies to play with water.
Secondly, they are convenient to wash. Thirdly, the height of the bowls is easily adjusted to the height of the dog. And fourthly, such bowls protect the dog from a number of ailments. These include gas formation, expansion of the stomach, vomiting, and problems with the joints and spine. How it works?
How to choose a bowl for a dog?
When a dog eats or drinks from a bowl located on the floor, it swallows a lot of air – this is its digestive tract. A large amount of air entering the stomach provokes increased gas formation and, in severe cases, the expansion of the stomach, which in just a few hours leads to death. To avoid this, adhere to the rule: the higher it is located (without fanaticism), the less air the pet swallows.
Post-meal vomiting is often caused by food jams in the esophagus. The “lazy” esophagus cannot push food that the dog swallowed low by tilting his head, which causes nausea. But when feeding from a high stand, the process of passing food is simplified.