Elevated Dog Feeders
Feeders and Elevated Dog Feeders:
Healthy Benefits for Your Dog
feeders, especially elevated dog feeders are highly recommended
for feeding dogs. The benefits of such dog feeders – particularly
elevated dog feeders – include the following, which are extremely
important, and highly acknowledged by veterinarians and other dog
– especially in the case of dogs with back or neck problems
of swallowing – especially for dogs with mega-esophagus or other
conditions that make swallowing a challenge.
areas are consistently kept cleaner when proper dog feeders are
used. Elevated dishes also help to keep the food and water within
the bowl, instead of on the floor. This is because dogs tend to
life their heads after taking food in their mouths, or drinking
water, in order to facilitate swallowing. As the dog raises his
or her head, the water that doesn’t get swallowed in the first shot
will commonly spill onto the floor. This is extremely messy and
unsanitary. As this continues over time, it can also be very hard
on your flooring.
any moisture that gets in underneath the dish creates an ideal breeding
ground for bacteria and mold growth. Conversely, with an elevated
dog feeder, your dog won’t need to lift his or her had quite as
far as if the dish was placed on the floor. Therefore, the water
or dog food will usually simply drip back into the proper dish.
are also now discovering that proper dog feeders can help to reduce
intestinal gas within your dog. If your dog is eating in a bent
over position, it means that s/he is gulping the food or water.
As this is done, more air is naturally swallowed. This air inevitably
develops into malodorous gas after a bit of time has passed.
with elevated dog feeders, less gulping occurs. This is also important
in preventing some serious conditions, as gulping can – in rare
instances – result in bloat (also known as gastric dilation and
volvulus, GDV). This is most common in deep-chested, large dog breeds,
and is a life threatening condition. Therefore, many veterinarians
recommend elevated feeders to help lower the risk in dogs that are
susceptible to bloat.
suffering from a condition called mega-esophagus also appreciate
the advantages of elevated dog feeders, as it helps them with swallowing
– which is challenging with this condition. A dog with mega-esophagus
has an esophagus (the tube that runs from the mouth to the stomach)
which is exceptionally enlarged and flaccid. Thus, the large, weak
esophagus dilates during eating, allowing food to accumulate within
the tube, instead of descending the food to the stomach through
a serious of muscular contractions. This commonly leads ot regurgitation
and vomiting. However, with an elevated dog feeder, the dog’s head
is more raised as s/he eats, and therefore can depend more on the
force of gravity to draw the food down into his or her stomach.
dog feeders are also much more comfortable and pleasant for dogs
who are older, with arthritis, have bad backs, or joint or muscular
pain. For a dog with stiff or sore muscles or joints, bending down
to eat can be uncomfortable or painful. This may cause them to eat
less, decreasing the amount of nutrition they are taking in. By
raising the food and water to the appropriate level with elevated
dog feeders, eating and drinking is more successfully encouraged.
there is a bonus advantage to dog feeders�as the owner, you won’t
need to bend down to pick up empty or put down full food dishes.
If bending causes you discomfort, you’ll certainly see as many advantages
to elevated dog feeders as your dog!
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