As soon as our kitchen renovations were over, I began my hunt for new dog food dishes.
I wanted to purchase something that blends with the new decor and during my search I came across a three bowl dog dish that I thought would be perfect…
Recently three bowl dishes have peaked my interest because over the years I’ve watched the Boys share water bowls. Harley seems to prefer drinking from Jaxson’s bowl. Jaxson doesn’t mind diving into Harley’s bowl either. So why not just reduce the water bowl down to one?
The particular three bowled dish that matches my decor and wallet happens to be elevated.
Which got me thinking – what are the real pros and cons of the elevated dog dish?
ELEVATED DOG DISHES –
Like many topics surrounding the best ————- (fill in the blank) for our dogs, there’s plenty of opinions about the elevated dog dish.
Leo’s legs never seemed to stop stretching. Every other day he was taller and farther away from his bowl. With his bowl on the floor, he’d lower his head to reach the dish and almost vacuum suck up his food. #giraffeadoodle
He was the primary reason I looked into and purchased elevated dishes. I was concerned with common online discussions about large dogs, bloating and digestive issues.
But is there any scientific proof that elevated dog dishes will eliminate those problems? Or does it just make the uneasy pet parent feel better because their dog no longer stretches his neck to the ground for food?
One article’s defense was that dogs in the wild didn’t have elevated dishes. True, but when I see wild “anything” on television eating raw caucuses they’re “laying down” while they “get down” with their kill. #mytakeaway
FACTS AND MYTHS –
My first purchase of elevated dishes was based on height.
Harley’s dish is 12 inches high…
Jaxson inherited Leo’s dish which is 18 inches high…
The 6 inch difference never seemed to be an issue for either.
It’s been close to six years since I got caught up in the whole elevated dog dish phenomena. Of all the pros and cons out there, I know what won’t happen.
With elevated dog bowl dishes –
- They can’t make the bowls “break dance” all around the kitchen floor when they eat.
- Harley can’t bring me his bowl as a visual hint when he thinks he needs to eat.
- Jax cannot raise his paw and try to smack the water bubbles! He’s done it before when we’re traveling because their “away from home” dining set isn’t elevated!
FINAL DECISION –
Bloating isn’t a concern for Goldendoodles, but years ago when I consulted their Doodle Doc about an elevated dog dish, she felt there were tremendous benefits in potentially alleviating strains in both their necks and spine.
This is all they’ve ever known, and we’ve never had any problems, so I ordered the dish!
if you’ve ever wondered if you should make the switch to an elevated dog dish, speak with your veterinarian first and solicit his advice. Tell him your concerns and the reasons you’d like to switch.
Now that I’ve found the new bowl to place their food in, I’ll focus on more of the right snacks to place inside!
Bow Wow Apetit!
Tomorrow throw kinds around like confetti ❤️