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Choosing the Right Bowl for Your Pet

Shopping for the right, affordable dog bowl or cat bowl is an important decision. While your pet may not care in what kind of pet dish his food is served, the design, size and material of the bowl can directly impacts your pet's health. What size dog bowl should you buy? Does your pet have any special needs? Does the pet bowl fit my home décor and budget? Considering these factors will help you narrow down the seemingly infinite choices available at your local pet store or online retailer.

Safe Materials
Pet bowls are most commonly made from plastic, ceramic or stainless steel material. Plastic is the least expensive, is usually dishwasher-safe, and resistant to breakage when dropped. However, plastic dog bowls tend to be more susceptible to pet chews and scratch marks, creating a perfect place for bacteria and parasites to hide. Ceramic pet bowls, while usually more decorative and fun, can chip or crack and harbor bacteria on the surface of the bowl. Stainless steel dog bowls and cat bowls are extremely durable – they are dishwasher safe, non-porous and less susceptible to scratches and bacteria. Loving Pets’ Bella Bowl™ collection of pet dishes combine affordability, fashion and function, available in over 20 differents deisgns and sizes ranging from X-Small to X-Large.
Bamboo is another naturally bacteria resistant material, ideal for pet bowls. Loving Pets offers 100% recyclable and compostable BambùBowls™ for dogs and cats, made only from bamboo and cornstarch.

Size Matters
When it comes to bowls for your pet’s fresh water, the bigger the better. Prevent water-borne bacteria by changing the water daily, even if the dog dish or cat dish is not empty.  In contrast, when it comes to your pet’s food bowls, bigger is not necessarily better, as this makes it easy to overfeed your pet, which can lead to significant health problems. Smaller dogs will need a smaller dog bowl so they are able to reach all sides without straining their necks. Dogs with short snouts can benefit from a shallower dog bowl. Some cats also suffer from extreme whisker sensitivity and may benefit from an elongated-shaped food bowl, such as a heart-shaped BambùBowl, ideal for cats with whisker sensitivity

Size Matters
When it comes to bowls for your pet’s fresh water, the bigger the better. Prevent water-borne bacteria by changing the water daily, even if the dog dish or cat dish is not empty.  In contrast, when it comes to your pet’s food bowls, bigger is not necessarily better, as this makes it easy to overfeed your pet, which can lead to significant health problems. Smaller dogs will need a smaller dog bowl so they are able to reach all sides without straining their necks. Dogs with short snouts can benefit from a shallower dog bowl. Some cats also suffer from extreme whisker sensitivity and may benefit from an elongated-shaped food bowl, such as a heart-shaped BambùBowl, ideal for cats with whisker sensitivity.

Bells and Whistles
Not all pets eat and drink the same way. Some are particularly zealous eaters and may benefit from a non-skid rim on the bottom of the bowl to prevent spilling, slipping, and clanging. Others may have a tendency to gulp food too quickly, which can lead to problems with bloat. To help your pet slow down, try an anti-bloat, slow feeding bowl or slow feeding accessory like the Gobble Stopper™, which can easily affix to the bottom of any existing dog bowl. Elevated bowls can be an ideal option for older pets with back or neck problems or very tall breeds. Talk to your veterinarian about an appropriate height of elevated dog dish for your dog, as some research indicates that bowls elevated too high may increase the risk of bloat in certain breeds. Loving Pets’ Black Label Collection of Vintage Diners™ offer a range of fashionable and slightly elevated dishes to complement your décor.  Silent Diners™ are also a great elevated solution, as they provide noise-free dining for dogs who typically like to noisily push their bowls around while eating.

In today’s age of never-ending product choices, keeping in mind your pet’s specific needs will be the best way to select the right dog bowl or cat bowl for food and water. Your pet’s feeding dish can be just as important as the food you put in it. By focusing on the appropriate materials and a design that works for you and your pet, you can narrow your search to find the perfect pet bowl. 


 

 

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