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Ecofriendly Little Home & Pets Blog

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Mealtime at a pleasant pace with this slow feeder bowl

Christina Ottaviano

Do your pets inhale their food? Whether you feed kibble, wet, raw, or a combination of food varieties, some animals just eat way too quickly. I have a cat, Jax, who eats so fast he often throws up.  Dogs gulping food can lead to excess gas, choking, or even bloat.  Eating too quickly results in overeating, as the brain does not have the ability to register a feeling of fullness this quickly.

There are many styles of slow feed bowl, but some alarming issues I have with most of them is that they are plastic. If your dog is a psychopants when it comes to dinner time, how is he not ingesting tiny pieces of plastic while attempting to get to his kibble? And if the food is wet, isn't he licking that plastic a lot? I hate to think of all of that chemical waste going through his body. Additionally, aren't those feeders hard to clean properly?  Plastic is susceptible to abrasions over time which can harbor microscopic bacteria. So many nooks and crannies to get into.  Chin acne, anyone?  I know some folks don't wash their dog dishes every time they feed, but this seems excessive to me. Disgusting, actually...and don't even get me started on the lightweight nature of these feeders. A smart dog will learn to flip it. You know your dogs. If they are that excited to eat, this plastic type of feeder will not hold them back.

Stainless steel is my first choice for a slow feeder bowl. It's easy to clean, dishwasher safe, and won't leach nasty chemicals.  Wiser Pet is a brand available on Amazon, and if the name sounds familiar, that's because I have written a review of their lovely dog shampoo in the past.  They offer innovative pet products with the holistic health conscious pet owner in mind.  Their slow feeder bowl has a simple shape that's easy to clean. It has a wider base than top, so tipping is not an issue. And it has a rubber gasket on the bottom to keep it in place.  And it's backed by the Wiser Pet Guarantee.  Also great for feeding a dog who eats quickly, then tries to steal food from a sibling! I normally feed my dogs in their crates, but if that's not your thing, a slow feed bowl could help.

 Stanley enjoys a hearty home prepared breakfast from this Wiser Pet slow feeder bowl

Stanley enjoys a hearty home prepared breakfast from this Wiser Pet slow feeder bowl

I decided to try it out with our street dog, Stanley. We adopted him in October 2017 and he definitely still has some food related issues from his time as a stray.  Generally, he tends to snarf his meals down like he will never have another. He seems to love the home prepared raw/cooked diet I provide, but sometimes this can lead to choking. Not with this bowl, though!  His needle nose fit into the groove, but nevertheless, his eating was definitely slowed. He seemed to have to think about the process a bit more.

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2018/3/19/slowfeedingbowl

Has your pet turned the water bowl into a swimming pool?

Christina Ottaviano

Not only attractive as a feeding station, versus just having bowls sit on the floor to be pushed across the kitchen when your dog is eating - raised feeders may also have some health benefits for pets with complications. If a dog has a back, neck, or joint problem, a raised dog feeder at the appropriate height will help the dog to eat and drink more comfortably. At a higher position, the dog will not have to bend and stretch downward as far to reach the food or water.  This is especially important for a dog with cervical IVDD, keeping the head as immobile as possible.  When deciding on a feeding system that works for your individual pets, I think it's most important to discuss both pros and cons with your veterinarian. Much like people, dogs and cats are have very specific, personalized needs.

Another benefit of a raised bowl system is the inability of the pet to dig or swim in the water dish due to it's height.  Although I am sure that there are some dogs, and even a few cats (Jack and Jill, I am referring to you, haha!) that might still try to play with the water, most would be deterred by the height.

 Raised pet feeder, size small from Funkeen shop on Amazon

Raised pet feeder, size small from Funkeen shop on Amazon

This raised feeder was provided to me for review recently.  Initially, out of the box it was extremely easy to assemble.  I like the fact that it comes with bumpers which keep the metal, stainless steel bowls from rubbing on the frame.  The feeder is well-constructed, sturdy and I really like the minimalist style design.  It arrived to me in perfect, brand new condition with no dings, dents or bumps in the bowls or frame.  I like the little feet on the bottom, which protect my porcelain tile floor.  And it came with everything I needed to put it together, via an Alan wrench.  The powder coating seems durable, so far.

 Measurements of bowls as well as height of the feeder.

Measurements of bowls as well as height of the feeder.

Upon reading the reviews it already has on Amazon, I have to disagree with the comments about the bowls not being big enough.  I think they are the perfect size, and depth.  I refresh my pet's water several times per day, washing the bowl each time, and feel that the amount of water that the dish holds is plenty in between those times.  I would like to point out that unlike some other feeding stations, this one has bowls that drop down into openings, versus sitting on a flat surface where they have who knows what festering in the wetness underneath. Gak.  Speaking of cleaning, the bowls pop into the dishwasher and come out sparkling clean. The frame is easy enough to wipe down with mild soap and water.

 Height is perfect for my 15 lb, 11 year old "tweenie", Lucy.

Height is perfect for my 15 lb, 11 year old "tweenie", Lucy.

I felt the height worked out well for both food and water for my largest dachshund, Lucy. She is about 15 pounds and considered to be a "tweenie" sized dachshund.  My shorter dachshund, Molly had a hard time reaching the bowls.  My cats also found the height to be perfect. They are both average size.  To figure out which size is best, measure from the floor up to the point where your dog’s front legs meet the chest.  This feeder actually lines up with Lucy's shoulders, but seemed to work out well for her.  It doesn't tip or move while she is eating, though I do have it set up against the refridgerator.

Overall, I found that the customer service with this company to be friendly and upbeat.  At Funkeen, every product includes a 12-Month Warranty, 45-Day Money Back Guarantee and lifetime friendly customer service support.  A minor issue to note, which would not deter me from buying the product was that the sticker inside of one of the bowls was somewhat difficult to remove.

https://www.woofsandwhiskerspets.com/ecofriendly-little-home-and-pets-blog/2018/2/6/raised-pet-feeders-can-promote-better-posture