Friday , 20 October 2017

Your doggie bowl matters!

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 $$$.

Automatic dog bowls, with a reservoir, are also very popular.  But the majority are made of plastic and make it hard  to monitor your dog’s consumption.  Although recommended for water, it is not recommended for food because there is no level of control and can often lead to obesity in your furry friend.  Best to feed your dogs using quantity control…much like us humans!
I use stainless steel bowls for my other doggies.  Stainless steel is dishwasher safe and very durable.  They are often made with non-skid rims and are doggie proof..in other words, tough!  Probably the greenest choice and most durable choice of all.
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  1. I also heard plastic bowls cause the tips of the dogs nose to fade.

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