Now elevated bowls are what they sound like, i.e., they are feeding bowls that have been raised to a certain height off the ground. Usually, these bowls come with a stand, and in some cases, the height of the stand can be varied depending on the dog's size and height. Some stands may have cutouts that will hold the bowls, others may have a platform on which the bowls may rest, and in some modern designs, there are attachments that make the bowls appear as though they are hovering in the air.
While there are a couple of different types of stands, the outcome tends to be the same, i.e., a raised food and water bowl for your dog. So, the question is, does it offer any benefits? Well, that's what we'll examine in this article.
So, the question is, what are the benefits of using an elevated dog bowl? Or if there are any benefits to using it? Fortunately, based on our research and from what we've seen so far, there are a few benefits of using an elevated dog bowl, as we'll detail in the sections below.
After having spoken to many enthusiasts, we've concluded that an elevated go bowl makes eating easier for large dogs. It makes eating comfortable for a medium-size dog so as long as the stand is set to the right height. Speaking of height, it is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a stand.
The reason why it works so well is that raising the bowl brings it close to the mount. So, dogs, especially larger breeds, don't have to bend down and lower their necks into the bowl to get a bite of the food they want to drink water. As you can imagine raising the bowl also puts a lot less stress on their neck, which is especially important for dogs suffering from health issues like arthritis, joint pain, or some other kinds of mobility issues.
Another benefit of raised or elevated dog bowls is that it makes eating and drinking less messy. If you are using an elevated bowl that comes with a stand and a platform, catching any flyaway bits of water or food means they don't land on the floor. If the bowl is well secured in the stand, it is nearly impossible for a naughty pup to push over and spill everything on the floor.
Depending on how you look at it, using an elevated bowl can mean not having to clean up as much after your pup or dog has finished eating.
There is some data suggesting that elevated door feeders tend to help dogs with a condition referred to as megaesophagus. This means that the esophagus, which is the tube that leads from the mouth over to the stomach, is more extensive but more flaccid. So, instead of moving the food into the stomach through the regular muscular contractions, the weak and large esophagus will dilate, allowing food to accumulate and not reach the stomach. The result is regurgitation.
An elevated feeder or bowl gives gravity a chance to help get the food down to the stomach. In 90% of the observed cases, it works perfectly.
If you are on the fence about getting an elevated dog bowl, rest assured it isn't an expensive investment. However, it goes very far in terms of helping to rectify various issues associated with older dogs and larger breeds in general.
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