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      elevated dog food bowl bad for dog?

      Garrus uses the adjustable storage dog feeder set at 12" high the highest it can go. But after stumbling upon some info of its bad. Further digging I am now getting its ok.... no its bad. So what is it? Should I knock it down to the 8" level or just put the bowls on the ground?

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      I dont know if its good or bad, I tried the elevated bowls but found I like keeping his food on the ground. its just easier for me to feed him that way and one less contraption for me and him to deal with.
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      I've read the Dane Lady saying they are great, then saying a Purdue study links them to bloat. One of those individual dogs variable I doubt we will ever confirm. However I'm like Voodoo, it's just another contraption for me to have to lift to clean and vacuum under so not using it. Not unless my dog develops some back or neck problem that might make it worthwhile. Plus, I suppose it would be silly to elevate food and not water and the cats drink out of the same water bowl.

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      I elevate.

      I started this years ago for my Akita girl...due to shoulder arthritis. I noticed that both she and my first Lab (who ate side-by-side at the elevated stand) didn't burp as much after eating. That means less air being swallowed....and air is a complication for bloat.

      I've fed "big dogs" elevated ever since. I actually hold Sunnie's bowl for her for two of her three meals (one on the stand). Danny eats off the floor....he refuses to eat with his bowl in the air or on a stand....but he's a bit shorter than Sunnie and doesn't burp but once afterwards anyway.

      I also add a bit of water to their kibble to help slow things down a bit....though neither of these two are fast eaters.

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      I only elevate for older dogs who have back or neck issues. However, I do have a raised water dish, mostly to keep the puppies from playing in it.

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      We had gotten one for Scully about 5 or 6 years ago, thinking it might be easier on her elbows, but she didn't like it. I think in retrospect it may have been too big for her. We started letting Mulder use it instead and like Barb, have noticed he burps a lot less after eating since switching. Chloe has her bowl on the floor.

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      Good to read the comments. I've been thinking about buying an elevated bowl for my 13 yr. old Bentley since he has arthritis . . . might be worth a try.

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      Jessie gulped/inhaled her kibble (she is now on raw) so we made her a table with a shoe rack. It is at least a foot off the ground, she loves it, less gas for sure & she still gobbles. But the gas was a huge issue which has really calmed substantially since the shoe rack.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Lainie View Post
      Jessie gulped/inhaled her kibble (she is now on raw) so we made her a table with a shoe rack. It is at least a foot off the ground, she loves it, less gas for sure & she still gobbles. But the gas was a huge issue which has really calmed substantially since the shoe rack.
      Funny you say this cause I have noticed Garrus being less gassy and burps less since being on the level holder. Thank you everyone for your comments its made my decision on keeping it and counting to use it.

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      I don't know if it is good or bad but we use one and I love it. I think it looks nice and neat and Huck seems to like it too. When we go camping I just feed him on the floor and he does not seem to like it. Hiis bowl moves around and I can tell he is a bit frustrated. LOL

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