Does it matter which food and water bowls I use?

While it may be tempting to use the Chinese leftovers container as a water dish, it's best to invest in a safe, pet approved bowl. Especially if you have a puppy in the house, cheap plastic is a big no-no as it's easy to break and can be dangerous when swallowed.

Choosing the right bowl for your pet is more than picking out your favourite colour, factors like materal and design or functionality are important too!

Different Materials

Ceramic bowls

Ceramic bowls are heavy and offer greater stability than a plastic or stainless steel bowl however be careful not to drop this one! If your pet has a habit of tipping over their bowl or has difficulty keeping it still, this could be the solution you're looking for. Try to avoid purchasing an unglazed ceramic bowl as it is highly porous and will require regular scrubbing to get rid of any nasty bacteria.

Plastic bowls

Plastic bowls are generally a more cost effective option than ceramic or stainless steel. High quality plastic is quite durable however can be difficult to keep clean as scratches from general wear and tear can become a breeding ground for nasty bacteria. It's best to avoid plastic bowls if you have puppies or other chewing miscreants in the house.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel bowls have earned the title of "vet favourite" as they are easy to keep clean and disinfect. Stainless Steel bowls are sturdy, durable and safe to use around teething pups. Fuzzyard bowls are made with a sturdy melamine shell and have a removable stainless steel insert for easy cleaning.

Anti-gulp and Gastric Dilatation Volvulus

Some dogs are natural gluttons when it comes to meal times however eating or drinking too quickly may not only cause painful or improper digestion, it can result in Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (commonly known as bloat). Bloat is a dangerous condition that can occur when the stomach is full of gas, water or food. The stomach twists around and cuts off blood supply (similar to a garden hose when you bend it and water cannot flow through) and can cause serious harm to your pet. If bloat is not treated promptly, it can result in death within hours.

Dogs with a deep chest, where the distance between the spine and breast bone (sternum) is greater than the width of their chest, are most at risk of bloat but any breed can be vulnerable if they gulp excessive amounts of food, water and air quickly. Avoid heavy exercise immediately before or after eating; try to leave with at least one hour of rest between activities and eating.

Dogit Anti Gulp bowls have a unique maze-like structure of internal ridges which helps slow down meal time for your pet. Another great way to get your pet out of guzzling their dinner is to ditch the food bowl and use a treat dispensing toy instead. Simply fill an interactive toy like the Kong Wobbler for dogs or Catit Food Maze for cats with your pet's dinner to extend their meal time.

Water fountains

Not just pretty to look at, water fountains have been shown to be effective in increasing your dog's water intake. The flowing water makes it much easier to be seen while the filtration system keeps it clean and fresh. Ditch Snowball's stale water dish and add a bit of elegance to your home with a sophisticated and practical water fountain.

H2O is important

Ensuring fresh water is available to your pet at all times is imperative. Not only can it prevent dehydration, it can help prevent urinary crystals and kidney failure. For older pets, particularly those suffering from sight or arthritic complications, having water placed in various areas around the house will help them to keep hydrated with their limited mobility.

Key points to take away

Different bowls will change the way your pet eats or drinks. Stainless steel is a sturdy option that is easy to clean. Anti-gulp dishes can help your pet to eat at a healthier pace to prevent indigestion and more dangerous conditions like bloat. If your pet is vulnerable to urinary related conditions, consider investing in a water fountain to encourage more frequent drinking.

Posted by Jessica Varley

Owner of a small Chihuahua army and lover of all things pets; when Jess isn't managing her pup Nacho's instagram you can find her writing about all the awesome new products on the Pet Circle website!

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