Need recommendations for a raised dog food system for our puppy.

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Our almost 7 month old puppy has outgrown her current raised food dishes. We are getting ready to buy her a new set but don't really know where to start. Is there a brand that is better? Also what height should we get? Where should we buy it? We have found some in local pet stores but they are only 12 inches high and that would work for right now but not for long.

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For what it is worth, this is what we use: 

 a tall stainless water bowl,

 a petite wooden bench, from Michaels crafts store and stained at home

a pyrex pie plate

I don't know what is the ' recommended height ' (??) ...ours is about 8" off the ground and does seem to be fine for Bella who is 26" tall.

though the pie plate is not completely unbreakable it never falls off the bench because Bella eats in little bites// like a lady:)

( that is her kibble chicken and warm broth, btw, its curing until she is ready to delicately lick it up ).... no there are no other critters around here, she truly is THE Princess

notice the high tech door stop. its a rock.

xxx pb an me

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I am sure this is on here somewhere but what's everyones opinion on elevated dishes?

I know its a debated topic!

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Ok, I will check that out. Thanks. Kenzie still eats like a crazy puppy buy it is good to know the dishes don't have to be super tall. Our obedience instructor told us to do chest height (which seems pretty tall).

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I had some raised dishes and then was told by people on here that raised food bowls actually increase the chance of torsion rather than decrease it as was additionally thought. I'm a stickler for detail so I did some searching, there is only one scientific study that I could find, but this did indeed show that raised bowls hinder rather than help bloat in deep chested dogs.

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We elevate the kibble to make it easier for him to reach and to keep the doxies out of his food and he likes it that way.  He is a very slow eater, so that works in our favor.  We tried elevating the water bowl to try and reduce the massive dribbling, but he prefers his water on the ground. 

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I prefer to let my dogs eat from bowls on the floor - however, as age sets in and their hips get weak I have to raise the bowls so they don't stumble and fall then splay out on the floor while trying to eat, I still make sure that the bowl - even though elevated - is still keeping their necks bent substantially, I do not believe in bowls that put the food at gulp level, so I want to see that 45 degree angle. So far so good with my guys.....Sampson is really struggling to keep his feet under him while he eats so not sure what we will do as he gets even worse in the hips....the chihuahua has his back legs slip forward to his front legs so now both have a slightly elevated bowl that relieves the pressure on the spine and hips. They also get smaller meals throughout the day to lessen the chances of bloat.....and it keeps them from spending too much time standing at the bowls trying to eat when their legs and back say no.....

Hope that helps.

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There are lots of fancy kitchens with built in raised and slightly raised dog bowl systems on houzz.com. I have a site there too... jubokaltd. My friend who is a bona fide interior designer actually has a water spout specifically for the dogs water bowl in her new kitchen...