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Beyond the Bowl: Pet Feeder Options You Haven’t Tried Yet

Today’s specialized bowls and feeding systems make mealtime easier, safer and cleaner. Here’s a rundown of the helpful feeders you might want for your furry family member. No matter which bowl you choose, make sure to keep it clean and safe for your pet.

Slow and Steady

If your pup seems to gobble up all of his food before the last bit of kibble even settles into his bowl, he may need a dish designed to slow him down. Dogs who eat too quickly are sometimes plagued by digestion issues, leading to upset tummies and even vomiting. Slow feeders like Dogit Go Slow Anti-Gulping Dog Bowl and Outward Hound Fun Feeder Interactive Dog Feeder provide a simple solution. These types of dog bowls have raised obstructions that turn dinnertime into a longer, more challenging experience.

The Automatic Feeder

Planning to be out for a bit longer than usual? An automatic pet feeder like the Aspen Pet LeBistro Portion Control Programmable Pet Feeder and PetSafe Healthy Pet Food Station ensure your pet gets dinner whether you’re home or not. Electronic versions give you full control to pre-program times to serve specific amounts of food. Non-electronic versions reserve a bank of food or water that’s automatically dispensed as your pet eats or drinks what is already in the bowl. Be careful when using the latter for food, though. You need a pet who is quite good at self-regulating her food intake—otherwise, it becomes an all-you-can-eat buffet.

Bowls That Stand Higher

Bowl stands offer a range of benefits for you and your pet. Raising your pet’s food and water off of the ground in a sturdy stand makes it harder for your pet to tip the bowls, so you’re less likely to end up with a soggy slipper. Raised bowls like Platinum Pets Modern Double Diner Stand with Two Wide Rimmed Bowls can even promote better digestion, particularly for larger animals who have to bend quite low to reach a bowl that’s on the ground.

Just Right for Travel

Don’t forget to pack your pet’s suitcase with everything he needs to stay well-fed and hydrated while on the go. Collapsible containers are much more travel-friendly than the large bowls you keep at home. To keep your pet’s food fresh and your packing organized, try a travel feeding system that’s designed to carry food and bowls all in one container. Consider travel bowls like these: Popware for Pets Collapsible Travel Cup with Bottle Holder & CarabinerSolvit HomeAway Collapsible Pet Travel Bowl and Gamma2 Travel-tainer Complete Pet Feeding System.

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