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Choosing the Right Food Bowl for Your Pet

As a pet parent, you take your companion’s health seriously—it’s always a priority. Besides important decisions like choosing a veterinarian or diet, selecting the right dog and cat bowl can impact your pet’s health too. There are many different versions on the market, with some unique options that address specific needs. Here are four things to consider when choosing bowls for your pet:

Material

Ceramic, steel and plastic bowls each have their own pros and cons. Ceramic bowls are often attractive, available in different colors to match your tastes, and are easy to clean, but can be broken if dropped or knocked over. Steel bowls are stable, virtually unbreakable and easy to clean, but are noisy when knocked over. Plastic bowls are inexpensive and hard to break, but some pets react poorly to plastic substances and can have allergic reactions.

Raised or Floor

Some experts believe that elevated bowls help decrease the risk of developing digestive issues such as bloat. Others believe placing bowls on the floor encourages better gastrointestinal movement by forcing the animal to slow down. Raised feeders are usually more expensive, but do allow pets to eat more easily without changing their posture. Watch to see how your pet eats to determine if a raised feeder would be beneficial.

Continuous Feeding

Some people like their pets to have access to food or water whenever they want. From programmable pet feeders to water fountains and gravity water bowls, there are plenty of options for your dog or cat. They can be a convenient choice if you’re going to be away from home for several hours or if your pet likes continuous access to fresh food and flowing water.

Slow Feeders

Animals who gulp their food have an increased risk for bloat, a potentially fatal condition. Slow feeders force pets to slow down as they eat. Some versions, like the JW Pet Skid Stop Slow Feed Bowl, contain barriers your pet has to eat around. Others, like the Outward Hound Fun Feeder, have ridges that cause the pet to have to work harder to get to his kibbles. Either way, slow feeder bowls prolong mealtime and prevent your pet from gulping the food down.

By choosing the right bowl for your pet’s needs, you can help keep him happy, healthy and safe. Whether you choose a raised stainless steel bowl or a plastic slow feeder, you can help your pet eat appropriately, without gobbling down food and air, which helps prevent gastrointestinal issues.


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