Dish it Out!

This may seem like a trivial subject, however, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing a dish for your dog.

Most pet supplies stores offer various styles, costs, materials, sizes, and heights. How do you decide what would work best for you and your dog lifestyles?

Your dogs’ dishes are the starting point to all his nutritional needs, so it is important to put some thought into it. And if he is a puppy now, you will need to re-evaluate once he has grown.

Some things to consider: the breed of dog you have, if he eats too fast, your daily cleaning habits, where you plan to set up his feed/water station, if he is a bowl tipper, bowl carrier, if you will be absent at feeding time, or feeding on the go.

Stainless steel bowls

Not often the cutest out there, but they are durable, safe for the dishwasher, and are resistant to harboring bacteria. They are available in non-skid, non-tip-able designs. The bonus is, they are generally inexpensive!

Ceramic bowls

Some made of stoneware can be found in beautiful designs, most are dishwasher safe, and bacteria resistant. However, if you have a dog that like to play with his bowl or if your children help with dog care, these dishes break easily. Sometimes, over time, they develop hairline cracks where bacteria can get in and ends up being almost impossible to clean properly.

Plastic bowls

Come in all sorts of fun colors and designs. They are inexpensive and tough! However, plastic is generally not recommended because your dog is likely to chew or scratch at the bowl which leaves a lot of grooves for bacteria to set up shop. Either because of the bacteria or maybe an allergy to plastic has developed, it is not uncommon for dogs using plastic bowls to develop “acne” or skin reactions on his face and or muzzle area. This isn’t the best bowl option for your dog.

Slow feed dog dishes

Are all the rage! These bowls contain nooks, crannies, ridges, etc., that force your dog to eat slower as they work the food around. This design is a good choice for food “gulpers”. Look for these in a stainless-steel material and avoid the plastic option.

Elevated dog bowls

Great for tall breeds and if your dog tends to regurgitate or wet burp. The elevated stand usually comes with removable stainless-steel bowls. Keep in mind, if you have a dog that likes to play with his bowl, he may also see the stand as an interesting play toy. Elevated bowls tend to be a bit pricey, as well.

Automatic bowls

Can be handy in the event you will be away from home for a lengthy time. These bowls are not recommended for daily use because they are difficult to clean and usually are made of plastic. They can be very handy on occasions when you need to provide extra water or food.

Travel bowls

Come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. They are very handy to take to the dog park, in the car when traveling, etc. They are not intended to be used for regular daily feeding and watering.

You may have thought a dog bowl is a dog bowl, but clearly all are not equal. Different dog bowls offer different features, and some are better than others. Good luck finding one that is perfect for your pooch!

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