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A raised pet dish is a good choice for anyone who doesn't want to place their pets' bowls directly on the floor. A raised pet dish is a common feeding accessory to help large dogs digest their 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 a raised pet dish is used. A raised pet dish can also be useful in situations where crawling insects may be an issue, or you may simply choose a raised pet dish for the way it looks and complements your décor. If you opt for a raised pet dish, there are many different types and styles from which to choose.
Some large and giant breed dog owners opt to use a raised pet dish to minimize the risk of their 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 a raised pet 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 raised pet dish include those that have either a metal or wooden frame that holds the individual bowls. Most types hold one bowl for food and another bowl for water. Some models of raised pet dish may have only a single bowl; you would need to decide whether to offer your pet his water on the floor or use a second raised pet dish to hold water. There are also raised pet dishes intended for cats or small dogs, and even a few for larger dogs, which include a storage area for food in the base of the dish. This can be an ideal space-saver for pet owners with limited storage areas.
The proper height for a raised pet dish depends on the height of your furry friend. Many raised pet dishes for cats are around 5 to 7 inches high. Raised pet dishes for dogs often come in standard heights, usually 8 inches or 12 inches. Some models of elevated pet dish may even be adjustable, allowing you to set the dish at the right height for your pet.
Both the frame and the bowls of a raised pet dish should always be made from safe, non-toxic materials. Keep your raised pet dish clean by washing the bowls frequently in hot, soapy water. Many bowls are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning; some stands are dishwasher safe as well but check the manufacturer's recommendations regarding this.
When choosing a raised pet 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 pet simply by filling the bowl, and remove any uneaten canned food promptly to avoid spoilage. The water dish should be sufficient to hold more than enough water for the pets that will be using it.