A bowl is a bowl, you may think. But when it comes to food bowls for dogs, that’s definitely not the case. A quick walk down the food bowl aisle at any pet store will show you all kinds of bowls, made for all different kinds of dogs. Here are a few and why you might want to use them.
- Shallower bowls.
These bowls are made for dogs that have a flatter face or shorter nose, such as Bulldogs and Pugs. These kinds of bowls make the food easier to reach for these kinds of dogs and put less pressure on the dog’s throat.
- Raised bowls.
These food dishes are generally made for dogs that are larger or taller. These dogs tend to have more back and neck problems and the raised bowls help with these conditions. But these bowls can also help smaller dogs that have problems with their posture, dogs who take in hair while eating, and dogs that have digestion problems.
To determine the correct height for the bowl, first measure the height of your dog from his shoulder blades to the floor. For dogs 8-11 inches, a bowl 4 inches high should be used; for dogs 12-15 inches, an 8-inch-high bowl; for dogs 16-19 inches, a 12-inch-high bowl; and for dogs more than 19 inches, a 16-inch-high bowl should be used.
- Bowls with smaller openings.
There are also bowls that slope outward, with smaller openings at the top and a larger base. These bowls are made for dogs that have large ears or long fur that tends to get into the food. If you buy such a bowl, make sure the opening at the top is large enough for the dog to get his snout into it.
- Deeper bowls.
These kinds of bowls are made for dogs with longer snouts, such as Collies and Wolfhounds, making it easier for them to eat.
- Gradual eating bowls.
These bowls are made for dogs that like to gulp down their food quickly, often without chewing, which can lead to digestive problems, such as vomiting and bloat. These bowls have small obstructions in them that the dog has to work around in order to get at the food, which slows his eating.
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