If you’re considering a new pet food bowl for your dog or cat, one of the options you should consider is an elevated feeder. Elevated feeders come in many different sizes, styles and materials, but basically consist of an elevated stand which raises the food bowls off the ground. Some of the benefits of an elevated feeder include:
Improved Comfort: It may be difficult for some pets, especially those with painful joints, to lower the head down to eat. An elevated feeder allows your dog or cat to eat with a more natural posture, reducing stress on your pet’s back or neck. The raised level of the feeder can also make it easier for the pet guardian to fill the pet food bowl without bending down as far.
Cleaner Eating Area: Less food and water fall on the floor as your pet eats. This reduces the risk that spilled food will attract insects, and the feeding station is easier to keep clean than the floor. The raised bowls also discourages pets that like to play in the water bowl, or push their bowls around the floor.
Easier Swallowing: The elevated feeder allows gravity to assist moving your pet’s food down to the stomach. This is especially beneficial for pets with certain medical conditions such as megaesophagus.
Possible Reduced Risk of Bloat: Bloat is a condition which occurs when a dog’s stomach becomes distended with swallowed gas, fluid and/or food. An elevated feeder may reduce gulping, lowering the risk for bloat. Some veterinarians recommend elevated feeders for dogs deep-chested dogs at higher risk for bloat, while others advise against their use. If you have a dog at risk for bloat, check with your veterinarian about the use of an elevated feeding station.