Best Dog Bowls for Large Breeds
by Angela Tague
Weighing in at 50 pounds or more, large breed dogs require special feeders and waters to make mealtime easier on their joints, digestive system, and spine. Special dog bowls are also a healthier choice for big dogs since they help minimize bloat. Excessive air buildup in a dog's stomach can lead to serious health complications, including obstructed veins in the abdomen, damage to internal organs, low blood pressure, shock, or even death. Fortunately, several types of dog bowls can make mealtime healthier and more comfortable for a large breed dog.
Food Bowls for Large Dogs:
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- Elevated dog bowls:
The height of an elevated dog bowl allows large dogs to eat comfortably without putting strain on their spine, which aids in digestion. Neck strain is also minimized when your pet can eat from a dog bowl that stands at his chest height. Dogs with arthritis appreciate the ease of using an elevated bowl, too. Standard bowls force the dog to bend at the joints to eat, which may cause discomfort.
- Dog bowls without a smooth basin:
Eating too quickly is a common trait among large dogs. Dog food bowls with raised bumps or partitions in the basin force the dog to eat slowly. The dog must use his tongue to retrieve pieces of kibble rather than gulping mouthfuls. Slower eating reduces stomach aches, gas, and the risk of bloat.
- Ceramic food bowls:
Heavy ceramic bowls are preferred by owners of highly energetic dogs. The added weight of ceramic water and food bowls makes them more difficult for large dogs to tip. Although they're less durable than other types, ceramic dog bowls are available in many stylish patterns, colors, and designs.
- Automatic feeders:
If your dog tends to overeat or you want him to lose weight, an automatic feeder is the perfect way to help him trim down. These bowls administer a premeasured portion of dry dog food at specified times during the day. This system helps dog owners regulate the quantity and frequency of the dog's food intake. Owners can set the feeders to distribute small portions throughout the day to minimize gulping, which can lead to digestive upset.