How do I find the right dog bowl?
Dog bowls come in all sorts of sizes, shapes, materials and colors. You can get them foldable, with a raised edge and even on stands. With funny motifs or in an elegant design. With such a large offer, it is difficult to decide on a model. The needs and preferences of your pet play a particularly important role in the selection. But the bowls also offer something for the human eye.
In this article I will introduce you to the advantages and disadvantages of the different bowls.
The right bowl for your dog
The requirements for a suitable bowl are as diverse as our dogs are. One four-legged friend has extremely long ears that are constantly hanging in the lining. A bowl with a high rim is suitable for him. This allows his eavesdroppers to dangle loosely while he eats. The next dog inhales its food like a vacuum cleaner. A so-called anti-sling bowl can be useful for him. You can find out exactly what that is further down in the post.
And your furry friend also needs a suitable container for drinking. Some dogs slurp the water out of every bowl, others are picky. You can find out why your dog doesn't want to drink from its bowl here.
This is how you choose the right bowl
The size of the bowl should match the size of your dog. This is the only way to ensure that the required amount of feed fits in. Make sure that the bowl is a little bigger than the daily ration of food. Otherwise it can happen that your furry friend puts off eating with his nose.
You should also include the stability of the bowl in your decision. It shouldn't slip while eating or drinking, as this could frighten your dog. It's also stupid when he knocks over the bowl and spills the contents all over the floor. A good solution are non-slip bowl pads made of silicone, because you kill two birds with one stone. The bowl is secure and your floor is protected from water and food.
The right material for the dog bowl
Ceramic, stainless steel, plastic, silicone - you are spoiled for choice. An important aspect should be that the bowl is easy to clean. This will prevent bacteria from settling in it. Some bowls are even dishwasher safe.
A stainless steel bowl is light, easy to clean and robust. Even if it falls over, it won't break. So that it stands securely despite its low weight, you should make sure that the bottom has rubber knobs or a rubber edge.
Ceramic and porcelain
Ceramic and porcelain bowls are hygienic because you can easily clean them. However, this only applies if they are sealed and have no cracks. A porous surface makes cleaning difficult. The disadvantage of these materials is that they are fragile. So they are not suitable if you have a very boisterous or clumsy dog.
Plastic bowls are the cheapest and weigh very little. However, some dogs are bothered by their own smell and do not want to eat or drink from it. In this case you should choose a different material.
Silicone is also lightweight and durable.An advantage is that you can fold silicone bowls and take them with you. They are therefore great for traveling or a trip.
Special bowls and feeding bars
Is your dog one of those animal vacuum cleaners that inhale their food in a matter of seconds? Then an anti-sling bowl may be the right model for him. It has bumps built into it that make your dog eat more slowly. This is important in order to avoid obesity, but also to avoid a dangerous torsion of the stomach - in large and small four-legged friends.
Bowls with a raised edge are suitable for very large dogs and four-legged friends with long ears. This also applies to animals that have problems with their esophagus and those that wear a neck brace. The height of the bowl relieves the spine and front legs, making it easier for your furry friend to eat. A good alternative to a raised bowl is a feed bar. The bowl is there on a stand.
When choosing the bowl, you should also consider the temperament and age of your furry friend. A curious, playful puppy tends to nibble on everything. A plastic bowl could quickly fall victim to its sharp teeth. A porcelain bowl, on the other hand, can break if knocked over. There is a risk of injury from the splinters. A model made of stainless steel is well suited until the dog offspring is out of the woods.
In order to save weight and space on trips and trips, travel bowls made of silicone and water dispensers are ideal.
Conclusion: This is how the right dog bowl should be
Non-slip, easy to clean and adapted to the size of your dog, these are the decisive criteria for choosing the right bowl. The age and temperament of your pet play a role in the material, as do their individual preferences. And of course you can also consider your interests in relation to the appearance of the bowl. Fortunately, the range is so wide that there is guaranteed to be the right model that will make people and dogs happy.