An elevated dog food bowl is any type of pet food bowl that does not sit directly on the floor. The actual height of elevation of the bowl may vary based on design.
There are elevated dog food bowls (also called raised pet food bowl stand) that come in set elevations for different sized dogs, and there are adjustable raised pet food bowls that allow owners to choose a specific bowl height.
With the popularity of raised food bowls, many pet owners have been wondering if they should ditch their old regular dog food bowls and start their canines on elevated ones due to potential benefits they provide. However, there’s more to know about elevated pet food bowls that some sources may lead you to believe.
How does one find the correct height of an elevated food bowl for a pet?
If you decide to switch from regular dog food bowls to using elevated feeders for your dog, it is important to select a raised bowl at the correct height. Measuring is key.
The best way to measure your dog to get the right height elevated dog bowl is to get your Fido to stand with his legs directly underneath him. From here, get a tape measure and measure from the floor up to the point where your dog’s front legs meet the chest.
Alternately, you can measure from the floor up to your dog’s shoulder and subtract between 3 and 6” depending upon his overall height. For larger dogs, you want to subtract 6” where for smaller dogs you would subtract 3”.
Just remember: if your aim is to reduce stress on your dog’s spine or neck, you should use a raised dog food bowl that is tall enough to do this. However, I recommend to first read this article and do enough of your own research on using raised bowls, and here’s why.
Elevated food bowls for dogs have been advertised as having many benefits for dogs’ health. Unfortunately, not all of those advertised benefits hold true. Let’s take a look at some of these widely spread truths and falsehoods from a scientific viewpoint.