Friday, January 2, 2015

How to Win the Bowl Game

   If you are a pet parent, chances are that you have played the “Bowl Game.”  We have a stack of food/water bowls that we no longer use.  The main reason we don’t use them is that we have changed dog breeds.  What we used with our German Shepherds and Golden Retriever wouldn’t work for our miniature Schnauzer.  Pierre can and does use the same bowl our Schnauzer did.  None of those bowls are appropriate for Bentley.  Why?  What makes him so different?     It is all about those ears.  Bentley and Tucker, our Golden both drank water from a straight-sided bowl.  Bentley’s ears would dip into the water and he’d walk away leaving a water trail.  He now has the steep sided bowls and his long ears drape over the edges.  Now he walks away with dry ears.  Okay, he still trails water from his jowls, but his ears are DRY!
   One of the gifts that we gave Bentley for his birthday was a slow feeding bowl from Martha Stewart.  We bought it at PetSmart and it was under $20.  The change in his mealtime is incredible.  Basset Hounds are known to suffer from bloat, which can quickly become fatal.  One cause is eating their food too fast and drinking large amounts of water.  Before we changed to the slow feeder, he would be finished eating in less than two minutes.  After he ate, he would drink water like a camel.  Mealtime is now much slower.  It took him a couple of times to adjust to it.  The second time I fed him, he got mad, and turned his back on it.  That was a first!  He likes it now and eats much slower.  After he finishes, I pick his bowl up along with their water dish and wash them both.  That way, he has to wait to drink and his bowls are clean.

   This infographic helps explain how to choose the right bowl for your dog.  Regardless of the bowl best fit for your breed, daily washing is a must for dog bowls including water.  You can read the importance of washing your pet’s dishes here.
Infographic courtesy of

Elevated Dog Bowls are great for large or tall dogs that might have back or neck issues.  You can refer to the infographic for the right height for your dog.
Steep-sided Bowls are perfect for a dog that's ears hang low and wobble to and fro.  It is better than tying them in a knot or a bow.  When they lower their heads into these bowls, their ears drape elegantly over the sides and out of the way.
Shallow Bowls are ideal for our short-nosed and flat-faced friends.  I don’t want to name names, but you know who you are.  These pups often have breathing problems and partial obstruction of their upper respiratory system.  The shallower bowls make it easier to eat and drink without straining or putting pressure on their throat and airway.
Deep Dishes are best for those of you with longer noses.  If your snout is twice as long as your bowl is deep, it makes eating and drinking uncomfortable.  A deeper dish will help our Collie, Sheltie, and Dachshund friends eat easier and drink much easier.

   I hope this makes it easier for you to select your next food or water bowl.  At least now, whether your college football team won their Bowl Game or not, you can win yours!
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  1. That is a lot to think about,all I think about is it heavy enough to stop speedy from chucking it about hence a ceramic dog bowl,xx Rachel

  2. Wow a bowl for any muzzle. Wonderful.

  3. Of course, Bailie and I have long ear bowls! Remember, bloat is also caused by wild play after eating. Mom has us trained to eat, drink and nap for a minimum of an hour before we play or go back outside. It is very scary if it happens. Mom saw it a few times in Germany when she worked with her vet friend. Extremely painful and so often fatal. Stay safe and enjoy your bowls. BTW, I'm a super slow eater, always have been. I always start first and finish last ;)

  4. That is some great advice - it is funny though - both my boys love their elevated bowls and even their water dishes are all raised.

  5. Great tips for bowl choices!

  6. WE had to go to the slope sided water bowl... not beclaws our ears got wet...butt beclaws I (Frankie Furter) am a Bowl Flipper... YES, I admit it... I like to Flip Bowls... and spill stuffs... and that is just how I roll. When mom got the New water bowls... I couldn't Flip it over and spill water EVERWHERE. Buzz Kill Not FUN... BORING in Fact... butt it surely does make Mom happy... So SHE would totally agree... get the Right Bowl fur the Job.

  7. Great bowl-choosing tips! The pups have a ceramic water dish for inside, a stainless steel one for playtime outside, collapsible water dishes for hikes, and stainless steel food bowls.

    The latter get washed after every meal, and the water dishes usually once per day ~ sometimes several times per day, depending on the amount of drool or grass that may be swimming in them....

  8. We are actually going to start looking at slow feeder bowls for Koda. He seems to have a huge hunger lately and has started inhaling his food BOL!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  9. Happy Pet Parade. Interesting info on feeding bowls.

  10. Yup, we have some extra bowls kicking around. Good info!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  11. Well, thanks some real useful info. never thought about it.....however here with three Scotties....well them beards soak up water no matter what kinda bowl, we get water trials everywhere! with them beards come TRASH & DIRT, so we have to clean them twice a day. As for the speed eating, we learned how to slow them all down, so we got chewers and non gobbler eaters.

    The Mad Scots

  12. What great bowl facts!! After years of trying (over 10) Mama finally found the right kind of bowls for us!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  13. What a great post! I thought it was going to be about football games and then I thought you were going to come up with a whole song "it's all about the ear" lol.

  14. I was just thinking about dog bowls recently, because I'm embarking on a project to re-organize my kitchen, and one of the things that has to go is all the pet dishes we no longer use. I like that infographic....other than the slow feeders and elevated feeders that we use, I never really thought too much about the different purposes for other dishes.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets


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