How to Find the Best Slow Feeder Bowl for Small Dogs
Dogs eat their food so rapidly it can be worrying. According to studies, dogs do this for a reason. Their ancestors had strong survival instincts. They had to learn how to eat quickly in case someone stole their food. It is no surprise that our domesticated pets behave the same way.
If your small dog’s manner of eating is disconcerting, then you need to get a slow feeder bowl. Eating quickly might lead to choking, vomiting, bloating, and other gastrointestinal issues, especially for tiny breeds.
What Is a Slow Feed Dog Bowl?
Slow feed dog bowls differ. However, the premise is similar for all of them. Basically, you inhibit your pup from accessing the food. It has to get creative and find the right angle for its little mouth and tongue to get small pieces of food bit by bit.
Here are some attributes you need to look for in a slow feeder dog bowl.
Dog bowls are only effective when they are upright and the food is inside. If your dog makes a sudden movement and the bowl tips over, it will be free to gobble up its dog food at its usual pace. This defeats the purpose of getting the bowl in the first place. Not to mention that you will also need to clean up the mess. Look for bowls that do not move a lot. We understand that there are no completely spill-proof bowls, but opt for something with a more stable base that can adhere to the floor well.
Dogs come in various sizes. Do not expect to use the same dog bowl for a Pomeranian and a German Shepherd. You would either end up with an overweight Pomeranian or a starving German Shepherd. Since you have a smaller dog, you shouldn’t select anything other than the recommended size. If you get one for slightly bigger dogs, your pup might easily access the gaps with no problem. Moreover, Shih Tzus and other flat-faced dogs might find it difficult to use a typical slow feeder dog bowl.
Since the whole concept of a slow feeder dog bowl is to limit access, this does not bode well for ease of cleaning. It is important to look for a bowl you can clean entirely, especially the hard-to-reach areas. Choose dish-washer-safe products,so it won’t be too exhausting to deal with after your dog eats. Ceramic dishes are more difficult because they hold onto the leftovers. Therefore you need to soak them in water right away. If not, rigorous manual washing is in order.
Manufacturers usually design dog bowls with dry food in mind. Apparently, with raw food or wet food, you need to put in additional effort when it comes to placing the food well within the bowl. Otherwise, it will just stay in the area that your dog will have no problems accessing. Again, this renders the product ineffective. Some materials are more straightforward to use with wet or raw food, such as ceramic or stainless steel bowls.