Benefits of Raised Feeding Stations and Elevated Pet Bowls
Feeding stations and elevated food bowls are not only stylish and decorative for our homes, they’re also a much healthier way to feed animals, especially those raised platforms for pet dining. While some have suggested it can lead to bloat or GDV (or gastric dilation and volvulus), there is no proof or evidence to support this theory since very little is known about this puzzling disorder.
But as you’ll see here, there are so many pros to this practice, they far outweigh the myth associated with GDV and raised feeding bowls. Can you imagine what it would be like if we had to bend down to reach our dinner plates, like standing upright at a table and lowering our mouth to get closer to the food? That’s what it’s like every time our pets must lower their heads to the ground in order to eat.
And this doesn’t just affect larger breeds of dogs, but cats and smaller breeds of dogs with shorter legs can also benefit from elevated eating tools. Check out these benefits of when it comes to the practice of higher eating for our animals:
EASE: With easier access to their food and drink, it allows for better movement of these materials through their mouth and ultimately to be digested. This could help to cut down on indigestion, gas and other stomach issues.
MESS: With these bowls in place, there’s less chance of a mess and it’s also easier to put the food and water into these dishes. Eating and drinking at a higher level usually means that dogs are less likely to gulp their food and mess with the water in the dish. It also makes it more difficult for those dogs who like to play in the water while discouraging this messy behavior.
CLEANING: Elevated food bowls and feeding stations are much easier to clean compared to getting down on your hands and knees to scrub the floor where their dishes were once located. Less mess also means less work for the master:
MOVEMENT: Along with elevation of these dishes, they also become stationary, which means that animals won’t be able to slide their bowl all over the floor. This could help to avoid accidents when one of their bowls goes missing and we could trip over it unexpectedly.
EASIER: It’s also easier for us to fill the bowls when they’re elevated which means we don’t have to bend over as far to fill them. This will put less strain on our backs in the process.
MEDICAL: A higher feeding platform also puts less stress and strain on an animal’s neck, back, legs, hips, shoulders, muscles and joints.
Veterinarians also recommend these raised feeding methods for older dogs and cats, larger breed animals and those with other medical conditions that could make this option easier on them. Think about getting one of these stylish and helpful options for your pet’s mealtime.
Make sure to remember that what we put inside their bowls is just as important as the dishes themselves. Clean them regularly and ensure they have healthy food at mealtimes and clean water available to them at all times.
Blog Contributor: Travel junkie, Amber Kingsley, is a freelance writer living in Santa Monica, CA. Her art history background helps her hone in on topics that are of interest to readers. She is a dog enthusiast and loves spending time with her pomeranian, Agatha.
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