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Pick the Perfect Dog Bowl for Your Pup

How to choose a dog bowl for your dog’s eating style

Overview

Bowl size

Make sure a food bowl is large enough to contain your dog’s entire meal — plus your dog’s snout — without overflowing.

A water dish should hold enough water to hydrate your pet all day.

Bowl materials

  • Plastic is affordable and it doesn’t break easily. However, if your dog likes to gnaw on things, don’t choose a plastic bowl; they could chew off pieces of the bowl and swallow them.
  • Stainless steel is durable and dishwasher-safe.
  • Ceramic this option is heavy enough to help keep pets from pushing their bowl too much. However, it’s porous and can attract bacteria, so be sure to keep it extra-clean.

Specialized bowls

  • Elevated feeders are ideal for older pets whose joints are getting a little stiff. These can help all dogs with posture and digestion.
  • Slow-feeding bowls release a little bit of food at a time, to help slow down dogs that gobble their meals.
  • Gravity feeders let your pet eat all the time; be sure yours isn’t an overeater before choosing this style of dish.
  • Electronic feeders offer portion control and dispense food on a timer, if you need to feed your pet when you’re not at home.
  • Auto waterers provide a constant supply of filtered, bacteria-free water.