By not having the correct feeding set up for your dogs, you may be causing more stress and discomfort for your mutts than you realize. Here are a few benefits to raising the feeding bowls off the ground for your mutts:
- Comfort - When your dogs are reaching down to the ground to eat, they are adding pressure to their necks, backs, legs, and shoulders. Especially for older, larger, and/or arthritic dogs, an elevated feeding and water bowl would alleviate a lot of the pain from their bodies.
- Digestion - Some mutts suffer from "mega-esophagus." This condition is a dilated esophagus when your mutt is eating, which weakens the esophagus and makes it harder to move the food from its mouth to its stomach. This usually leads to after-meal vomiting or regurgitation.
- Cleanliness - A positive for you as a dog owner to raise the feeding bowls is that it usually keeps the feeding area cleaner, and the set up also makes it easier for you to clean.
The best way to figure out the appropriate height of feedings bowls you should get for your mutts is (1) to measure your mutts' wither heights (top of the shoulders to the floor when they are standing on all four legs), (2) subtract about 4-6 inches from that number, (3) and that's the height for your dogs' food and water bowls.
Keep your mutts happy, healthy, and hearty!