Some bowls are not hygienic and harbor harmful bacteria. It is important to choose wisely as accordingly to your dog’s size, eating and drinking habits, your personal style and taste, and of course health and safety issues.
1) Choosing the right type of bowl among plastic, ceramic or stainless steel dog bowl.
Plastic bowls maybe the cheapest but are least desirable due to its propensity to harbor bacteria and some dogs develop skin irritations and are allergic to plastic.
Ceramic can make a good choice if you choose wisely as they are usually heavy enough and are not as easy for the dogs to spill over. Some designer ceramic bowls contain lead and other toxic substances which are harmful to the dogs. Also, you may need to keep a regular check for any cracks or scratches developed on ceramic bowls as it encourages bacteria.
Stainless steel dog bowls are the best choice due to its durability. These bowls last for a lifetime and are easy to clean, rust free and non-leaching.
2) Automatic or one meal feeder.
If you have a busy life style and if the dog is mostly alone in the house you may choose to buy an automatic feeder. But if you are able to feed your dog with all the meals then the one meal feeder is affordable and the right choice.
3) Elevated or ground level bowl:
Dogs with a back problem, dogs with arthritis and bigger dogs mostly are not able to comfortably eat from the ground level bowls. For these dogs it is important to choose a elevated feeder and adjust it to position it at the height that suits your dog. For the small young dogs you may choose the ground level bowls as they can comfortably eat in them.
4) Right size of the dog bowl:
Big dogs eat bigger meals so it is always suitable to feed the in big bowls and for smaller dogs a small sized bowl will be perfect as they eat small meals. Choosing the right size of the bowl which can easily hold the right amount of food is also necessary.
These are a few necessary steps that you may look out while choosing a dog bowl for your loving pet.
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