Benefits of Elevated Dog Feeders
recommend elevated feeders for dogs and cats because they offer a number of
advantages: hygiene and cleanliness, comfort for dogs and cats with
arthritis or neck or back problems, and benefits for cats and dogs with
megaesophagus or other conditions that make swallowing difficult.
Elevated feeders and dishes keep feeding areas cleaner.
Elevated dishes help keep the food and water in the bowls and not on the floor!
They prevent cats from playing in their water, which some are prone to do. Dogs
tend to lift their heads after taking a drink to facilitate swallowing. As the
dogs raise their heads, water that doesn't make it down their throat often ends
up on the floor. Over time this can ruin your floor. Moisture that may get under
the dish creates a great place for molds and bacteria to grow. With an elevated
feeder, they don't have to raise their heads as far and the water usually drips
right back into their water dish.
Elevated feeders may help reduce intestinal gas in dogs. Eating
bent over forces dogs to gulp their food. In the process, the dogs swallow more
air. This air can end up as foul smelling gas a while later. The higher the food
dish, the less gulping. In rare instances, swallowing an increased amount of air
may result in a condition called bloat (gastric dilation and volvulus - GDV).
This occurs most commonly in large breed
dogs and is life-threatening. Some veterinarians recommend elevated feeders for
dogs susceptible to bloat.
Elevated feeders can help in caring for dogs and cats with a condition
called megaesophagus. In this condition, the esophagus (the tube that
leads from the mouth to the stomach) becomes large and flaccid. Instead of
moving the food down to the stomach through muscular contractions, the enlarged
and weak esophagus dilates and allows the food to accumulate there instead of
the stomach. This can lead to regurgitation and vomit ing. An elevated feeder
will allow gravity to help get the food down to the stomach.
Elevated feeders are more comfortable for older pets. Dogs with
arthritis and cats with arthritis also benefit from elevated feeders. Bending
over to eat isn't comfortable for pets with stiff mus cles or sore joints,
particularly for pets with neck or back problems such as intervertebral (IV)
Older pets often eat less anyway, which means they may not get the nutri tion
they need. If eating is painful or uncomfortable, they are likely to eat even
less. Raising food and water to their level encourages eating and drinking.
Finally, elevated feeders have an extra bonus. We've had pet
owners tell us that they appreciate not having to bend over as far to pick up or
fill up water and food dishes. For the frail, physically handicapped, or persons
with arthritis or back problems, elevated feeders can make a big difference.