You will have to make a note of how tall the bowl stand is, as well as the diameter of the bowls here.
Some stands are only really for a small or medium dog so if you have a tall breed, you will need to look out for a dedicated stand or one which can be adjusted. It has to be high enough to stop your dogs head from stooping too low, so measure the distance from the floor to their chin and try and get something just under this.
Also, check how large the bowl is and whether it can hold how much water and food your dog needs daily. You may also want to look at the depth, just in case your dog can’t stick their face right in the bowl (if they are flat-faced or have long ears).
In terms of the stand, plastic is the most popular option. This is easy to clean, and lightweight so you can lift and move it around. Wooden stands are also popular, as they are stronger and good for any dogs who tend to push their feeding stations around so need something that bit stronger.
For the bowls, stainless steel is a good choice as they can be cleaned easily and don’t carry scratch as much as plastic. If you do buy a plastic bowl, ensure it can be separated from the stand and can be cleaned daily, checking for scratches which can harbour bacteria.
Benefits Of Raised Dog Bowls
For larger dogs, an elevated bowl will put a lot less pressure on their neck, back and overall posture compared to one which sits on the floor. This will make for a more comfortable dining experience and less risk of posture issues in later life.
Think about if you were on a bar stool having to eat from a coffee table – it’d be a very odd experience, and you might just give up. Dogs can do this too. If they are uncomfortable when eating, they may try and eat as quickly as possible or just avoid it at all. Getting their bowl just right should encourage their mealtimes, and drinking water.
Having the right posture helps the food travel from their mouth to their stomach, so they are less likely to burp or bring it up again. Not having to move their neck and body too much also means they will not take in as much air, which will make it less likely they become gassy.
Raised dog bowls can also mean less mess. The stand can capture stray food, they’re less likely to dribble water everywhere as they’re not raising their head after drinking, and the bowls can’t move around.