Why Choosing the Right Dog Bowl Is Important

by | Dog Care |

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Do you have a long-eared dog? Does your dog have a short nose? When buying a dog bowl, most dog owners will usually base their decision on factors like durability, price, or even stylishness. But did you know different dog bowls are designed to meet the needs of different types of dogs?

The right dog bowl can help your dog eat slower, improve its posture, and even relieve stress on its joints. Find out which bowl is the best fit for your dog:

Slow bowls

For most dogs, mealtime is like a disappearing act. In seconds the food is all gone. While dogs are known to be fast eaters, dogs that gulp their food are also swallowing a lot of air, which can cause indigestion, regurgitation, gas or even a fatal condition known as bloat. If you’re concerned that your dog is eating his food too fast, or if your dog is excessively gassy after meals, you may want to purchase a slow feeder bowl. By getting your dog to eat slower, not only are you reducing the risk of gastrointestinal upset, but you’re also helping to improve your dog’s digestion and nutrient absorption.

Bowls with narrow openings

Some pet stores carry bowls with a narrow opening and a wide base. These bowls are best suited for dogs with long ears, such as basset hounds. The narrow opening will keep your dog’s ears out of the way during mealtime, which will also help to keep the area around the bowls clean.

Shallow bowls

Shallow bowls are recommended for dogs with short noses (like pugs and bulldogs), small breed dogs, and small puppies. These bowls make it easier for your pet to reach its food without having to strain, which can place unwanted pressure on your dog’s throat while eating.

Deep bowls

Deep dog bowls are recommended for dogs with long noses, like dachshunds and collies. The steeper sides will give your dog extra nose room, making your dog more comfortable while eating.

Elevated bowls

Elevated bowls are great for larger dogs, dogs recovering from surgery, tripods, and arthritic dogs. The elevated height means your dog won’t need to stoop and strain to reach its food, therefore putting less strain on joints. For larger dogs and tripods, which are more vulnerable to future joint problems, this could help reduce joint damage in your dog as he gets older. Not all elevated bowls are suitable for all dogs; make sure you measure your dog’s height (from floor to the highest point on their shoulder blades) and choose a bowl that’s best suited for your dog.

The next time you go to feed your dog, take a look at their current bowl and see how you can improve it by buying a different one. We’re sure your dog will love you for it!