Posted on July 12 2013
We see a lot of products and get to try out many of the new items which are lots of fun and very informative! I like to do my research and find out a bit about what information is already available to help me assess the qualities of the product(s) that I am testing. In this case, we received the new Choco and Cherry Raised Pet Feeders.
My first impression was that they have a very sleek appearance and the paw bowl is ceramic and quite substantial. The angle seemed to be the perfect height for my small dogs and the amount of food that fits into the bowl was exactly the portion that I was serving so it worked out great. One of my dogs is quite picky and tends to want me to hold the bowl for him while he is eating and I have to coax him into eating every bite. I noticed that I happen to hold the bowl at just about the same angle once I get him started so I was hopeful that this would be a familiar and comfortable position for him to eat in. To my surprise, he seemed to eat quite easily. However, he was back to his old tricks in minutes and I found myself scooping the food out and feeding him from my hand! Obviously, no fault of the bowl! I have spoiled him rotten and now I can't get out of it! But who can resist that face?
Here is some of the information that I found about raised pet feeders on my quest.
One of the benefits of using a raised pet feeder is improved pet posture - for reducing stress on neck and back muscles as your pet eats. The proper height feeder will help both large and small dogs ease the strain on the hip and shoulder areas and alleviate bone and joint strain.
Raised feeders aid in digestion by allowing the food to travel from the mouth to the stomach faster and makes swallowing easier. It reduces gas and bloating and the amount of air a dog intakes when eating.
Of course, you always want to check with your veterinarian to make sure that a raised feeder is the proper dog bowl for your pet especially if your pet is older or has any special needs.
The most interesting piece of information that I found was how to measure your dog for the proper height feeder.
1. Lead your dog to a room with a hard, level floor.
2. Approach your dog from the side with a tape measure in hand and squat down next to her. Have her face forward and stand still with her feet directly beneath her.
3. Measure the distance from the floor to the top of her front shoulders or her withers.
4. Subtract 7 inches from this height measurement. This is approximately how high the top of the elevated dog feeder should be, reaching to your dog's low chest area.
Here are some other dog feeders for your consideration!