The tail-wagging says it all: Whether it’s their routine morning meal or their favorite treat, healthy dogs absolutely LOVE their food and will never fail to get excited when feeding time comes around.
But here at Bitch New York, we understand that feeding your pup might often come with a unique set of challenges, especially if your furry companion suffers from mobility issues or joint disorders.
That’s why we have elevated dog bowls ready to make feeding that much easier for both you and your pup. Here’s all you need to know about how to choose the best dog feeder for you dog!
Elevated dog feeders
If you’re looking for an alternative to the classic dog water bowl or food bowl, our elevated dog feeders can make feeding easier for dogs with mobility or joint issues, older dogs, and dogs who tend to make a big mess when eating.
The dog bowl stand of these feeders comes in different heights and designs too, so they can be enjoyed by dogs of all shapes and sizes and fit your home’s design effortlessly.
Dog feeders explained
Different types of dog feeders
Many dog owners-to-be have grown up thinking that the classic metal food bowl was the end-all-be-all of dog feeding, but the reality is that in today’s pet market there are countless options for higher quality dog bowls guaranteed to make both cleaning and tail-wagging easier.
Stainless steel bowls
Your pup will eat or drink out of their bowl every day, so you’ll want to invest in a durable material that’s as safe to eat out of as it is easy to clean.
Your answer is stainless steel: Unlike plastics or aluminum, it won’t leach out dangerous chemicals over time, and stay shiny and beautiful with regular cleaning even after years and years of use!
Personalized ceramic bowls
Looking for something a little more fun and just as unique as your pup’s personality?
Then you’ll love our painted ceramic bowls, coming in an array of colors, sizes, and designs, ideal for naturally keeping the water cool and fresh throughout the day.
These bowls are 100% dishwasher-safe, limit bacteria contamination, and they are both LFGB and FDA tested to ensure your pup’s safety and health with every morsel.
Dog food dispensers
Looking for the most effective way of stimulating your pup, giving out treats, or slowing down mealtime?
Then you will love a treat dispenser designed to keep boredom at bay, stimulate your dog with fun yet challenging puzzles, and double as a slow feeder for pups who are a little too eager when it comes to food and treats!
Why raised dog feeders?
And what are the benefits of using these raised dog feeders?
Using a slightly elevated platform as the next addition to your dog feeding station can help your pup get to their food much more easily, easing the strain on their necks and, in turn, helping them cope with mobility challenges and joint issues like arthritis.
They are also helpful when feeding older dogs who are more prone to experiencing these problems.
When to use Elevated Dog Feeders
You should be using a dog bowl stand if your pup suffers from mobility issues or is likely to be experiencing them soon due to their age.
On top of that, you’ll also want to feed your dog with an elevated feeder if they suffer from megaesophagus, as the elevation will help push the meals down and aid swallowing.
While these feeders can work miracles on pups with challenging conditions and some experts believe that elevated dog feeders are healthier for dogs (possibly preventing gastrointestinal problems), they may not be the best fit for all dogs.
Just make sure to consult your vet before purchasing!
Pros and cons of Elevated Dog Feeders
Beyond the great benefits it can provide to your pup’s health, the biggest advantage of treating your pup to a stylish raised feeder is the cleanliness that comes with keeping food and water bowls off the floor.
If your furry companion is a messy eater, elevated bowls are going to feel like a godsend for your wooden floors, especially if you decide to dedicate one specific area of your home to feeding time. Choosing a specific spot will not only train your dog to eat from their new bowl but will also lead to a more organized and clean home!
The beautiful materials and designs these feeders come in also make for a pleasant and stylish addition to your home decor, seamlessly becoming part of your furniture.
And what about the disadvantages?
Well, it’s worth stressing again that they may not be suited for all types of dogs, so it’s always best to consult your vet before training them to use an elevated feeder.
Keep in mind that you should always be picking the correct feeder height for your furry friend to ensure they’ll get all the benefits: A good height for small breeds is between two and six inches, while medium breeds will do better with an elevation between seven and fourteen inches.
How much are dog feeders?
Elevated feeders can come in a range of luxurious materials like walnut and sophisticated finishes to complement the most beautiful homes ($200+), but you can also find designs that won’t break the bank for under $40.
At the end of the day, it all depends on the style you’re looking for.
Practical and utilitarian? Then stainless steel and adjustable is the way to go if you want to stick to a strict budget.
Lavish and uncompromisingly modern? Then you can feel comfortable treating your pup to the best quality woods and the most clever designs.
Dog feeders FAQs
Does your dog need an elevated feeder?
Getting an elevated dog bowl may be necessary if your pup suffers from joint-related issues, as it eases the strain of their neck when bending down.
Besides mobility problems, these elevated feeders might be the right choice for keeping your home environment clean and organized!
Are stainless steel bowls bad for dogs?
Stainless steel bowls are a classic for a reason: Rather than being bad for dogs, they are the safest to eat out of and the easiest to clean out of all dog bowls!
How to get the dog to eat out of dog feeders?
You can train your dog to eat out of their bowl by starting with a smaller feeder first, assigning a quiet and designated spot in the house for feeding. Jazz up the meal by adding treats in it and keep food availability to a minimum (up to 20 minutes), and don’t forget to give lots of praise as they start sniffing around the bowl.
It’s best to wait until your pup is hungry enough!
Where to put dog feeders in the house?
It’s best to choose a quiet spot in your house that will only be used for feeding. The area should be easy to clean and free of furniture that could be damaged, and if you happen to have wooden flooring, don’t forget to put down a mat!
Should dogs drink from elevated bowls?
Dogs can eat and drink from elevated bowls if it’s the right fit for them, so it’s always best to consult your vet if you have any doubts.
How high should a raised dog bowl be?
You should measure your dog’s wither height (from ground to shoulders) and then subtract 6 inches for the perfect height.
Is your pup still growing? Then you’ll want to invest in a handy adjustable feeder that will fit their size as time goes on!