Selecting the Right Bowl Size for Your Dog
1. Choose a deep bowl for large dogs or for dogs with long features.
A large dog or one with a long nose or ears may have a tricky time eating from a shallow dish. Provide your dog with a deeper bowl so that it can safely and successfully reach its food.
If you have a large dog, a small, narrow bowl may not provide enough room for its mouth to retrieve the food. Opt for a deeper dish instead.
A dog with long, floppy ears, like a basset hound or a cocker spaniel, may often drag its ears in its food dish. A deeper bowl can keep your canine’s ears clean and out of the way.
A dog with a long snout, like a dachshund or greyhound, may stub its nose at the bottom of a shallow dish. A deep bowl will ensure that your dog has enough room to retrieve its food without injury.
2. Try a shallow dish for a small dog, a puppy, or a breed with a stout nose.
Deep food dishes may prevent smaller dogs, puppies, or snub-nosed dog breeds from reaching the food at the bottom of the dish. Make your dog's mealtime comfortable and effortless by purchasing a shallow dish.
If you have a small dog, avoid providing tall, deep bowls that it cannot reach.
For Bulldogs, boxers, or other breeds that have short, stout noses, eating from a shallow bowl will help reduce neck and throat strain.
3. Buy an elevated tray.
An elevated tray that holds both a food dish and a water dish may make mealtimes more comfortable for a dog that has neck, back, or other joint issues. Your dog won’t have to bend as far to reach its food. This can alleviate some of the pressure felt in these sensitive areas, which makes this a great option for senior dogs. Be sure that you do not select an elevated bowl that is too tall for smaller dogs to reach.
An elevated bowl can also help reduce regurgitation in dogs that have a megaesophagus, which is a condition where the animal’s esophagus becomes softer and larger over time, making it difficult to swallow food.
Some dogs are susceptible to a life-threatening condition called bloat, or gastric dilatation-volvulus, which means that the animal’s stomach becomes twisted or contorted in some way. Some animal studies have indicated that using elevated bowls for feeding can promote this condition, but other studies have shown that it has no effect. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian to see if an elevated bowl is the right choice for your dog.
4. Buy a bowl with a rubber base to prevent messes.
A bowl with a rubber base can help prevent a playful or clumsy dog or puppy from knocking over its food dish. The added friction of the rubber base will help keep the bowl in place, which will keep spills and messes at a minimum.