What to know about buying dog bowls

You must choose dog bowls wisely for your pets. These bowls are categorized based on their materials and structure.

For the materials, there are bowls made of ceramic, stainless steel, plastic. If you prefer the structure, there are elevated bowls, bowls for travel, and automatic.

Ceramic dog bowls are very stylish as they are often decorated with fun designs such as a dog paw or a bone. The designs are hand painted by the artists. Plastic bowls have protective glaze, making them easy to clean. They are dishwasher-safe. However, these bowls are vulnerable to breakage.

A stainless dog bowl is the most durable according to the experts. It is also dishwasher-safe. Sometimes, the bowl is made with a non-skid rim on its bottom to prevent food or water from spilling. Its drawback is the uniformity in color and design. Many dog owners prefer the stainless bowl because it is inexpensive, practical, and durable.

Plastic bowls for dogs may not be the optimum choice because dogs can chew on them or scratch them, thus, they are easily destroyed. When they are scratched, the gap in between can be a breeding ground for bacteria.

Elevated dog bowls normally compose of 2 layers of bowls such as plastics, ceramics, or stainless steels. The stand holding the 2 pieces of bowls is metal, plastic, or wood.

Veterinarians say that using elevated bowls to feed your dogs is ideal because it prevents gastrointestinal problems. Your dogs are also comfortable eating from an elevated bowl.

One disadvantage of an elevated bowl is its price, as it is expensive. Also, there are elevated bowls with a compartment for food storage.

During a travel with your dog, bringing a travel dog bowl is very convenient. It stores food and water in a bag that you can bring with you anywhere on a trip with your dog.

This bowl is usually made of plastic covered with a polyester or similar fabric. It can be folded or collapsed to smaller sizes once it is empty.

Automatic dog bowls are a standard dog bowl -usually a plastic-attached to a container or reservoir and which is designed to keep the bowl full, as long as the container contains food.

An automatic dog bowl is convenient to have if you are constantly away and nobody is at home to take care of the feeding needs of your dog.

Nonetheless, veterinarians do not favor an automatic feeder because it does not allow you to monitor the feedings of your dog. You will never know whether your dog has eaten well or has eaten too much. Either way, it can lead to weight problems.

Although some automatic feeders are programmable to enable you to set times to dispense food, some dogs are strong enough to break the reservoir.

To best determine the best dog bowls for your pet, you have to understand their needs. Learn what is best for your dog without compromising their health. You can be practical and choose a stainless steel. You can also be lavishing and choose an automatic. If you are in between, a ceramic bowl is ideal.