Elevated Feeding Bowls

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  1. missbeckydee

    missbeckydee Yee Wee Beastie

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    Hey guys! I was reading an article the other day that stated that it's better for a dog to eat from elevated feeding bowls than from the floor. Is this true? Why? If so, do you think those bowl stands sold at Petsmart, etc. are good quality? Thanks so much!
     
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    Yep, I got mine from PetSmart. It's very unnatural for a dog to bend down that low to the ground.

    Keeping their food elevated prevents problems in the future when they grow older. It's like people and hunching.

    I even keep my cats food elevated. I think it's important, and protects their health. Physical health anyway.
     
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    It's better for their digestion - simple physics, really. If you consider when the dog is leaning down to eat their food, gravity is also pushing down, and they're trying to swallow the food UP to get it into their digestive tract... it's not comfy. Elevated food bowls also tend to help them to swallow less air.
    It's also easier on dogs with joint problems/arthritis if they don't have to bend down!

    You don't need to invest in the food stands they sell in stores... you can use lots of stuff you probably already have around the house or build yourself a simple box with a little lip to keep the bowls from sliding off. =>
     
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    I used a shoe box for a while, but it warped and felll apart.

    I bought a cheap tiny stool at Ross to put my cats food one. I bought the whole set at Petsmart though. It was only $10!!
     
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    I was just thinking the opposite - that dogs naturally eat from the ground all of the time, and us positioning food on platforms for them is just...well, our fussing. Similar for horses, cows, cats... It doesn't quite compute for me that the 15 seconds it takes a dog to eat dinner could be 'harmful' in any detectable way...

    But, then again, I guess in nature they would eat lying down more often - with a carcass that takes some eating, rather than just mushy food all conveniently taken off the bone for them and dumped in a bowl by us.

    Del.
     
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    It's not just our "fussing" Health problems have come up from constant bending, stooping, etc. It is very unnatural. Like it's bad for people to hunch over all the time. We need good posture, and always hunching is eventually going to cause some kind of pain, or discomfort, old or not.
     
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    Thanks guys! I guess Jester is gonna be getting another Christmas present... :)
     
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    I also use a raised feeding bowl, but it's maybe a foot. I wouldn't go too high.

    There is a ongoing debate about raised food bowls, though. Some say no, some say yes. It is natural for dogs for dogs to eat at ground level, but most dogs on the same level of their food (laying down while eating, etc.) and not having to bend down.

    I just usse extreme caution, no mamtter how I feed my boys. Do what you feel is right and comfortable for your dog. :)
     
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    I feed mine on the ground, I have deep chested breeds also. I had asked my vet about the elevated bowls, she told me that studies show bloat was higher in dogs that had elevated bowls. My mothers doberman had bloat at 10 years and had to have emergency surgery.
     
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    if you are worried about bloat i think they ahve bowls with raised prong things in them and the dog eats around it. i don't know if it works but its suppose to slow them down while they eat
     
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    It's called the "break-fast" bowl. I'd recommend it.
     
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    I saw an advertisement for that...

    I've also heard of people putting large things, like maybe a chain in the food to slow down their consumption. :confused: But I dunno.. to each their own.
     
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    My dogs eat laying down & standing up & sitting, they switch it up. :) But then again, they eat Raw.
     
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    wolves almost always have their heads swooped down.

    My dog even does it on walks. Her breed always does this. Walks with head to the ground sniffing.

    I think we're just being picky
     
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    If you're referring to the Purdue University study, that study has been picked to shreds.

    The jury is still out on whether elevated bowls contribute to bloat. In fact, more breeders than not still recommend using elevated feeders.

    When Hannah was eating raw, she ate from the ground - her choice. She would take a piece of meat from her dish and lay down with it and eat. Now that she is back on kibble, she eats elevated again. It's not really a preventative measure as far as bloat goes, but a comfort factor. Watching her bend over to eat looked uncomfortable, so I elevated her dish.

    Here is what a very well known and respected Canine Nutritional Consultant and Great Dane owner has to say about the study and the elevated feeder subject:

    http://www.greatdanelady.com/articles/on_my_soap_box_purdue_bloat_study.htm
     
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    It's a Brake-Fast bowl - several of my dane-owning friends use them and recommend them. I've heard nothing but good things so far about the bowls.

    I'd like to see them available in stainless steel too.
     
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    I have Dachshunds and Yorkies and neither one of the breeds can reach an elevated dish. I bought a really cute one that I sell in my boutique that is heart shaped with rhinestones. It was beautiful but they couldn't reach it with the legs on. I had to take the legs off. It was still pretty but not elevated.
     
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    I spread my dog's food out on a big cookie sheet. That slows her down a bit.
     
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    I had heard that....that the jury is still out....more studies I guess need to be done. But I'll go with the latest results I guess. Dogs, I'm sure in the wild eat in a variety of positions and their food may be uphill from them sometimes and downhill other times. Maybe it doesn't make much difference. Of course wild dogs aren't great big huge, tall animals with artificially altered anatomy from human selective breeding.

    My Doberman isn't a gulper. He often doesn't even want all his food at once and I offer it to him later. So, I'm not worried about fast eating. It's just their anatomy sometimes which predisposes them to it I think. My little Chi mix gulps....he eats his meals in less than 20-30 seconds. But it's not very much. He looks so disappointed when it's all gone.

    I did see those bowl with the thingies sticking up adverstised during the Eukanuba show....pretty cool. Or you can put in rocks or balls or something to slow them down. I use to do that for my horses who ate their grain too fast for my liking.
     

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