Raised Feeding dish or no?

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Two schools of thought on the raised dish at meal time..

Sofia is tall for her age, and at times has some arthritis in her hips.. It seems like a long way down to reach her feeding dish, so we raised it about 10 inches to alleviate strain on her hind quarters...

Some folks say that it should be flat to avoid bloat?

 Thanks in advance for any thoughts, suggestions or advice

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I had always heard that it should be raised in order not to prevent bloat. However Glengate read a study that suggested that the raised theory was wrong. I'm sure you will find it in a previous post on this site somwhere.

Personally I think I would do what is more comfortable for the dog if it were me.

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Thanks D~

Sofia eats very slowly.. will pick through her kibble looking for the tidbit of chicken or grains of rice.. She does however, stick her head all the way down to the bottom of her water bowl as if she's bobbing for apples.. she will slosh water all over and I often thought if I could tie a mop to her nub, I'd always have clean floors.

She still has the most endearing trait of thanking me after each meal with a Diva like SNORT and a sweet kiss.. I love that!

Great photos of your beautiful Doberkids!! I remember Romeo when he was just a wee pup and we all got the chance to offer names for him.. He is now a stunning young man! Great work with the Schutzhund. Lets hope for major sucess with that. I still re-visit that heart moving photo of Elly and Steph that Rgreen posted... It's one of my favorite images of all !!

Glad you and the gang are here!! 

That is so cute that she gives you a thank you kiss at the end. Be glad she doesn't eat raw then lol. Sofia would probably love to play bob for ice cubes to.

I started to add photos of Elly and I cant see anymore through the tears to do it so will have to upload later. That photo that you are referring to is the biggest tear jerker for me and will probably always be so.

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And for us as well.. I think the thing I like the most about this forum is how YOUR dogs, sorta become OUR dogs, we are like a family in as we worry, hurt, agonize, rejoice and play together.. Losing Elly broke a lot of hearts.. and I think all of us immediatley went and hugged our kids and vowed to cherish each moment we have with them.

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http://www.vin.com/proceedings/Proceedings.plx?CID=TUFTSBG2003&PID=5091&O=Generic

The study of bloat at Purdue University found an increased risk of 110% with raised feeding bowls.

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Thank You Glengate. Appreciate this very much

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Now I have some decisions to make. Both Red and Princess have elevated bowls. Red's is in a small stand and he gobbles his down and goes looking for more. Princess' is in her crate attached to the door (food and water). I feed her in her crate for she is like Sophia, she eats slowly, more like grazing than eating. Her bowls hold two cups, and she many times will empty the water bowl, but only half the food at one time. It's is in her crate because of Clifford (Big Red Dog) the scavanger. When he is finished with his, he goes to her crate and inspects the floor around it for anything she has dropped outside the crate.

Red is the first Dobie that has had a raised bowl and he has only had it a little over a year.

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I have to agree with Desiree a bit on this.. so I've compromised.. the bowl isn't chin level, she does have to dip down to eat, but she doesn't strain her back or her hips, as the bowl is 10 inches off the ground... I know Red is a big boy, and I know he inhales his food. Have you tried four or five smaller meals a day?? It helps alot with the lower metabolism that both Sofia and Red share. Plus he might not be RAVENOUS for his dinner and Princess's

Today is cold and rainy.. Both Sofia and I are feeling the weather...

 

I've always fed my dogs on a flat surface no raised bowls. I may be changing this for Boo who is having some issues that I think it might be easier for her. I don't know if I would raise it as far as some of the raised bowls I've seen...but something that will make it easier for her to get to. I think the article is fascinating and goes against what they've been telling us for years.

Thank you Glengate for reposting the link to the article. I appreciate you knowledge.

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I have raised bowls but they are only raised about 8 inches from the ground - Rocky isn't a fast eater and he certainly looks more comfortable eatnig from 8 inches up than bending down so far to eat off the floor.