Finding just the right dish for your cuddly pal is quite the process. Before shelling out big bucks on a fancy ceramic bowl, consider looking at elevated feeders. Putting your pooch’s kibble and water up high has many advantages for him, but always check with your vet before making changes to his feeding routine.
Some dogs have a hard time swallowing with their head down. By serving your fuzzy buddy on an elevated platter, he’ll be able to hold his head up slightly. It should make it easier for him to swallow his food and water and could reduce the risk of choking.
Beneficial for Medical Ailments
If your canine is older and has stiff joints or has back problems, like disc disease, perching his food and water up can make it easier for him to feast. Elevated dishes can even be helpful and make it easier for him to eat when he is recovering from surgery -- particularly if he has stitches on his belly that make bending down difficult.
Having food and water up high means that your fur ball will be less likely to take such big gulps when he dines. Slower eating may help prevent bloat, a serious condition that occurs when your dog’s stomach quickly fills up with food, air or water. The engorged stomach puts pressure on organs around it, making it difficult to breathe and can cut off his blood supply. Research isn't conclusive though, so your vet is the best one to ask before deciding to elevate your pup's food and water.
Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.