Elevated Feeders For Dogs: Are They Beneficial?
The elevated feeders for dogs are getting much controversy lately. Pet owners have been debating whether this feeder is beneficial for the pet or not. From the name itself, this type of feeder is elevated and features a stand. It places the dog’s food bowl and water several inches above the floor. Depending on how tall your dog is, the height of the feeder usually ranges from a few inches to 1 foot or more.
But are elevated feeders really beneficial for your pooch or they will cause more harm than good?
Elevated feeders are recommended by vets to prevent bloating on dogs, a condition known as gastric dilation volvulus. This is a deadly condition which combines blockage, gas, and stress, causing the dog’s stomach to flip over and twist. As a result, the entry and exit points of your pet’s stomach will be shut off, which could lead to pain, decreased blood flow, inability to pass gas, and worse, death.
According to vets, an elevated feeder helps dogs to eat without the risk of swallowing a lot of air, which could be the reason behind bloating. Yet, there’s not enough evidence that supports this claim.
Some studies show that contrary to what some vets believe, the elevated feeder can result in the substantial increase of bloating cases on dogs. But further studies are needed to confirm such results. Also, the study has some drawbacks since it’s not randomized. It was done on dog owners who had chosen elevated feeders for their dogs and weren’t randomly assigned to use the feeder. This could mean that there might be some other factors that are associated with the pet owner’s choice to opt for the elevated feeder, which may have contributed to the dog’s bloating.
Nevertheless, there is still a strong connection between the use of elevated feeder and bloating among canines, and there’s no evidence supporting the claim that elevated feeders may help minimize bloating. Thus, some vets don’t recommend the use of elevated feeders to address the issue of bloating on dogs. It is best to discuss with your vet about your dog’s risk factors before you decide whether the elevated feeder is suitable for your dog or not.
Some dog owners, on the other hand, use elevated feeders to allow their pooch to eat more food and drink more water without requiring the dog’s head to go all the way down to the ground. This is very useful for dogs that are suffering from orthopedic conditions, spinal conditions, joint disorders, arthritis, and more. It may also work for senior dogs that have limited mobility.
In some cases, elevated feeders are used for dogs to minimize mess during feeding. There are some dogs that tend to move and push their dishes all over the place as they eat, which results in an exceptionally messy feeding. Using an elevated feeder may help you prevent this.
As it turns out, it’s not yet known whether an elevated feeder helps address the issues of bloating on dogs. While it can be useful in minimizing mess during feeding and may help dogs that suffer from orthopedic disorders, there has been no factual evidence suggesting that an elevated feeder can help prevent bloating. If you suspect your pooch is bloating, consult with your vet first before you decide to buy an elevated feeder. It is best not to use this feeder unless the real condition of your dog has been established.