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An elevated dog dish is a good choice for anyone with a large breed of dog. An elevated dog dish may help your large dog digest his food better. There are different opinions on this topic, but many veterinarians and owners of large breed dogs agree that there seems to be a lower instance of bloat and other digestive problems when an elevated dog dish is used. If you opt for an elevated dog dish, there are many different types and styles from which to choose.
Some dog owners opt to use an elevated dog dish because it seems more comfortable for their large breed to eat that way. Others do so out of fear of the dog developing bloat. For dogs that are at risk for bloat, which includes most giant-sized and many large-sized breeds, there are other precautions that should be taken either in addition to or instead of feeding your dog from an elevated dog dish. One of the most important things is to ensure that your dog stays relatively calm for about one hour before and one hour after feeding. It is especially important not to allow your dog to engage in vigorous exercise immediately after eating.
Some popular styles of elevated dog dish include those that have either a metal or wooden frame that holds the individual bowls. Some elevated models hold two bowls: one for food and the other for water. Other types of elevated dog dish may have only a single bowl; you would need to decide whether to offer your dog's water on the floor or use a second elevated dog dish to hold water.
If your dog shows signs of aggression around food, he should have his own food dish rather than one shared by other dogs. Both the frame and the bowls of an elevated dog dish should always be made from safe, non-toxic materials. Keep your elevated dog dish clean by washing the bowls frequently in hot, soapy water. Many bowls are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning. Even though they are either resting on or hanging from the elevated stand, check plastic bowls regularly for signs of wear particular when used with dogs who may be considered "enthusiastic eaters."
When choosing an elevated dog dish, be sure the food bowl is large enough to hold a full feeding worth of food, but not so large that you may inadvertently overfeed your dog simply by filling the bowl. The water dish should be sufficient to hold more than enough water for the dogs that will be using it.