I’ve heard mixed thoughts on elevated pet bowls. On one hand, it’s generally a good senior dog bowl so they don’t have to bend down to get food as well as taller dogs for the same reason. On the other hand, it’s not good for some dogs because it can be a factor in stomach bloat. I’ve been through this emergency – it’s terrifying.
My parents have had five Boxers in their lifetime. They have fed them from elevated bowls since they were fully grown with no ill effects. (The elevated bowl system they use is also a food storage container that offers airtight storage to keep food fresh, so this is a plus. In case you’re curious, this is what they use).
The above system would be too large for my miniature schnauzer, so I went with the Dogit Elevated Dish. It’s two pieces, an elevated dog bowl stand (which technically you could use as a bowl) and a stainless-steel bowl. The nice thing about that is you can use other stainless-steel bowls if you are a frequent washer like I am.
Does it work? Yes. My 14-year-old Schnauzer loses his balance when he puts his head down to eat. This brings the food closer to him, so he doesn’t have to put his head down. However, when he was eating dry food, we did have a stomach bloat scare while using this product. The vet did mention that elevated bowls can play a part in stomach bloat. Max has since been switched to a wet food diet and I no longer have that concern for him. Meaning, even with that scare, I still use the elevated bowl for his comfort.
Frequently Ask Questions
Q: How tall is it?
A: It’s 6 1/2″ which really is not very tall. I recommend measuring from the floor to your dog’s mouth in a standing position to see if this height is suitable.
Q: Would you recommend this for dry dog food?
A: I would watch your dog carefully. I think wet dog food is ideal, but we have used dry food on occasion.
Q: Would I recommend an elevated bowl for dogs that “inhale” their dry food?
A: Definitely not.
Q: Will the bowl hold 2 cups of food?
A: Yes, and then some.
Q: Is this elevated bowl weighted?
A: No. It is not weighted by design. But it won’t tip over unless your dog is big and charges at it.
Q: What is the diameter of the Dogit elevated bowl?
A: It measures 6″ in diameter.