Choosing the correct dog bowl for your pet

by Vivien Richardson on January 24, 2011

small-dog-feederThere are many different breeds of dogs to choose from, in many different sizes, and accordingly pet accessories should be purchased to suit your dog’s size and eating and drinking requirements.

Plastic bowls are a great asset for a new born puppy, however as a puppy grows bigger it may be necessary to think about changing the dog bowl for a larger and more substantial one.

A dog bowl that is made from plastic is inexpensive but there can be health and safety issues with plastic dog bowls. It is common for a dog to suffer from skin irritations with a plastic dog bowl; sometimes the plastic can cause loss of pigmentation on a dog’s nose.

Plastic is a porous material therefore dirt and unwanted bacteria can fester, and they can cause a dog to become ill. Dog bowls that are light in weight can tip over; in some cases they even become a toy for a dog that is feeling bored or playful.

An good idea is to choose two ceramic dog bowls, making sure the decorative features are not made of lead. It is important to check that heavy dog bowls are intended for food usage.

If a crack appears on the side or bottom of the dog bowl then you should replace it quickly as bacteria can form, and the result of this can be your dog being ill. Do not try to super glue the dog bowl in order to repair it!

Stainless steel dog bowls are great as they are easy to keep clean; they do not become rusty with use and will last for a long time.

A mature dog may have to have his dog bowl replaced with an elevated dog feeder that contains 2 dog bowls.

The idea of raised dog feeders is that an older dog that is suffering from joint problems in the neck and shoulder area will not have to bend down to eat and drink.

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