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    DefaultTo raise or not to raise?

    Hi guys,

    I have a question about raised food bowls

    I have read that they can help to prevent bloat, and I have read that they can help to cause it too!! argh!

    I personally like the aesthetics of the raised dishes better, but I wanted to get a feel for what people on here think..

    do you raise your dogs dishes or no? do you have any particular reasons for raising vs. not raising? what have you heard or read?

    Thanks everyone!
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    DefaultRe: To raise or not to raise?

    We have raised bowls. I didn't like the dogs lying on the floor to drink.

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    DefaultRe: To raise or not to raise?

    I think Nick recently posted a new study on a large # of dogs that was done at a university vetmed school that found that raising the bowl increased the frequency of dogs bloating. (Older studies had suggested that raised bowls decreased its frequency.) It evaluated a variety of factors and gave the degree of risk.
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    DefaultRe: To raise or not to raise?

    Personally I think it is unnatural for a dog to eat out of a raised bowl. Naturally they eat off of the floor.

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    DefaultRe: To raise or not to raise?

    Rider eats froma raised bowl...Rookie does not, yet.
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    DefaultRe: To raise or not to raise?

    I think the link I posted was originally posted by Labby or someone else, but I believe this is the one you're talking about:
    http://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proce...5091&O=Generic

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    DefaultRe: To raise or not to raise?

    I do not use raised bowls. From what I've read, they used to think it was better for the dog, but now they are finding that it actually increases the chance of bloat.

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    DefaultRe: To raise or not to raise?

    This is actually Gabby's Mom (under BF's account) - the studies I read showed it could be easier on arthritis to raise the bowls, but could raise the incidences of bloat. Half dozen one way...

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    DefaultRe: To raise or not to raise?

    Rowan uses stainless steel bowls with rubber bottoms - they are flat on the floor.
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    DefaultRe: To raise or not to raise?

    All four of mine eat from raised bowls. Coleman has bad hips and knees it is easier for him to eat standing, else his butt swings all over the place while he is trying to eat. Bailey was growing so fast as a pup we were told it is easier on his forelegs and shoulders with raised bowls. Tootsie has lp, there is less choking with a raised bowl. When Sarah grew tall enough her bowl was raised too.

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