Dogs probably spend more time with their food and water bowls than any other object. Their food and water bowls should therefore be carefully selected, not only by colour and design preferences, but by other properties as well, since these can affect the dog’s health. It is said that selecting a dog bowl is equally as important as selecting dog food.
When picking out food and water bowls, pay attention to the following:
- a flat,
- wide bottom prevents the bowl from tipping over and spilling the contents;
- a rubber-lined bottom prevents slippage;
- heat-resistant materials enable bacteria and other microorganisms to be removed in the dishwasher; and
- the surface of the bowl should allow for easy maintenance and cleaning.
In case your pet has long, floppy ears, you should opt for a size and shape that will keep its ears away from the bowl.
If there are two or more dogs in the household, each should have its own set of food and water bowls, so the dogs do not become competitive and eat each other’s food. Moreover, every dog should have separate food and water bowls to contribute to better hygiene.