Choosing the right dog bowl for your furry friend


Choosing the right dog bowl for your furry friend

A bowl is no longer just a bowl. There are a number of considerations you should make about the right dog bowl. These can include cost, style, material, and also purpose. What sort of breed do you have, and what kind of personality has your dog have at feeding time? This may influence what sort of bowl to choose for them. 

Materials

Plastic, stainless steel, ceramic. What are the benefits and why are there so many options available?

Plastic bowls are the most cost effective but can be flimsy and easily destroyed by a mischief puppy or biter. They can also be a breeding ground for bacteria so they may not be as long lasting as one would think. They are easily scratched and are possible to degrade and be ingested, which could mean a trip to the vet. 

Ceramic bowls are heavier than plastic and therefore more stable. They are a great option for dogs that tend to tip bowls over or chase them around the floor while eating. However, ceramic bowls are breakable and more expensive than their alternatives. Make sure to choose a glazed variety as these are less likely to breed bacteria, but if the glazing is compromised or the bowl is chipped, make sure it is replaced to avoid injury to your dog.

Stainless steel bowls are more durable than both plastic and ceramic and easier to clean. Stainless steel is commonly referred to as the vet favourite, and this is what we recommend to best suit your four-legged friend.

Purpose

Slow feed bowls, automated, raised, portable, what is the best choice out there? This depends on your needs and the needs of your dog.

Slow feeding bowls have raised portions that make it harder for the dog reach the food in the bowl. As the name suggests, this slows the feeding down and prevents bloating. This is common in some larger breeds and if bloat is an issue, a slow feed bowl may be an option. 

Automatic and portable/disposable bowls are situational. Are they required? Then absolutely invest the money. However, for routine everyday use, we recommend sticking with simplicity and enjoy the interaction with your furry bestie by feeding them yourself and giving them a quality bowl to eat out of. They will thank you for it.

What about raised bowls? They have a number of benefits, including improved swallowing and reduced neck strain. This may be especially advantageous for older dogs with injuries or joint issues. Choose the right height for your breed to maximise the benefits of using a raised bowl – a bowl too high may undo all your hard work and money. A quality stand combined with a stainless-steel bowl may be the best pairing we could think of, so we have designed the very best styles and colours for you to choose from.