They're Not All Alike
According to VetMD and other experts, there are health implications associated with low bowls, plastic bowls, ceramic bowls, and automatic feeder bowls. So I did some research looking for beautiful bowls that are healthy for our dogs. Here's what I found and they're all on Bitch New York.
- if your dog is a chewer, the plastic bits can be dangerous
- scratches in the plastic can become a breeding ground for bacteria
- BPA's or other harmful chemicals can be found in plastic, like plastic water bottles
- they can contribute to or cause nasal dermatitis actually called Plastic Dish Nasal Dermatitis by WebMD. This is a form of depigmentation on or around the nose and mouth, due to the chemical p-benzohydroquinone, which inhibits the production of melanin. Melanin creates dark pigment in the body, so this condition looks like blotchy skin and can become raw and uncomfortable for your dog.
- it's not a material on which bacteria will grow if kept clean
- it's easy to clean, i.e.: dishwasher safe
- it's unbreakable so no worries if it's dropped, like with ceramic or glass
- the one, and it must be rare, danger I found associated with steel bowls was as a fire hazard! Apparently, a fire was started from the sun heating up the bowl in one spot to such a degree that it ignited. I think if you live in a very hot and dry climate, you may not want to have these out on a wooden deck or porch at high noon. And no, folks, this is not a joke.
- it used to be that a negative about stainless bowls was they just didn't have any fashion flavor. But that's changed.
- it's harder to clean than glass or stainless
- you have to make sure the glaze is food-based, not lead-based, which is toxic
- if it chips or cracks, the bowl becomes a breeding ground for bacteria like plastic, so you'd need to discard it
There are other considerations, too. If you have a long-eared or a large dog, raised bowls are a good option. It will keep their gorgeous ears out of the food and water (that's a relief!) and for large dogs, it can help avoid joint problems in the neck and shoulders from stooping down all the time. It's not that different from us humans; if we have to stoop over to get something day after day, we wouldn't feel so good, either. Some experts say that elevated bowls are good in general because they can help prevent gastrointestinal problems stemming from digestion. I don't know about that, but it sounds like it makes sense.
I love this really cool Yellow Skull Skateboard elevated feeder. It comes in different patterns/colors and you have a choice regarding how tall you want the feeder to be. Legs comes in 4", 6" or 8" tall option. There's one more I really loved. The Choco & Cherry feeder is a combination of an elevated station with ceramic bowls. It's crafted for an anatomically correct eating position for your dog, as well as a retro-looking piece of art.
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