I'm new to the breed, and I've been considering the elevated diner dishes for my 10-month-old Poe. I've seen them advertised to reduce stress on bone/joints and help reduce digestion and bloat issues for larger dogs. Poe does not seem to have any problems eating now, but I figured if there is anything I can do now to ward off problems in the long run, it might be worth considering. However I also wanted to get some opinions from here rather than just believe the people who are trying to sell a product. I just want what is best for Poe, so any feedback is appreciated, thanks!
It depends. There are studies that say yes, there are studies that say it contributes to bloat. I have used them with old dogs that can't seem to reach down to the ground to eat, but that's about it. My dogs eat with their bowls on the floor. My water dish is elevated but only to keep the puppies out of it.
♣ Laura ♣
Our water is up in elevated bowls. The 3 older dogs have elevated bowls, got them when they were younger and they still use them. My 2 younger ones get their bowls on the floor. Haven't noticed any problems with any of them....either because of use of the elevated bowls or because of not using an elevated bowl.
I don't elevate anything though I use a 6qt bucket for water-- which I keep in my basement so if puppies (or even the big ones) want to mess up the floor, it's drizzled on the cheap indoor outdoor carpet on the way up the stairs! Honestly, I think as long as you don't have an obsessive/compulsive issue w/ food or water, bowls on the floor should suffice. I always add water to the kibble to slow them down though.
WindyCanyon Girls, August 2014
I use elevated bowls. Have all of their lives. Don't know if it's better or not. Water is not elevated.
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Diesel has slightly elevated bowls only because they are in a big heavy stand to stay put! Only got it because nothing else worked to keep his food dish in place! No tip bowls always got tipped or pushed across the floor! So I don't think there is a yes or no, only thing to suggest is if Poe hoovers his food, add a ball to the dish to slow him down, that would be a better help to avoid issues like bloat as it slows down the intake.