Not all doggie bowls are the same! We may go for the cheaper plastic ones but they not be the greatest of choices. Bailey, my Border Collie mix, lost all of the hair around his mouth and was on antibiotics for over a week. Plastic bowls can be chewed, scratched, and a haven for lots of wonderful bacteria that can lead to health issues for your dog. In Bailey’s case, he is allergic to plastic and if he eats out of a plastic bowl, the result will be the loss of hair and a rash on both his chin and face.
Bailey now uses a ceramic bowl. I love ceramic because they can be fun and expressive. The thing I like most is that they are really easy to clean and often dishwasher safe. The most important thing to remember with ceramic bowls is that they can easily crack so regular inspection is necessary. Cracks can be dangerous and also be a nice home for that ugly bacteria. If you notice, I also use an elevated dog bowl. Bailey is a big dog and an older dog. This allows him additional comfort. Elevated dog bowls avoid tipping and if you have doggies like mine, well…they can’t steal each other’s food! They are more expensive but they are solid no doubt worth a few extra $$$.