By the choice of capacity, from which to feed a four-legged pet, it is necessary to approach with all responsibility.
There is no need to be guided by the rule that, they say, a portion is placed – and this is good, and broken plates for feeding the dog will not suit at all, firstly, because the dog can damage its tongue on an uneven surface, and secondly, such a kind of bowl is shallow and it is extremely uncomfortable for the animal to eat from it. There are several requirements for them, and before buying dishes you need to pay attention to the size, height, shape, material and other features.
What makes bowls
Metal bowls are very popular among dog owners, and they undoubtedly have a number of undeniable merits. They are safe for health, harmful substances are not excreted in dog food, odors are not absorbed, such containers do not fight, they are inexpensive, and they look stylish. The disadvantages of metal products include the fact that they cannot heat food for a pet in a microwave oven, they rattle during meals, and the appearance of chipping on enameled bowls can lead to poisoning of the animal.
Many breeders consider ceramic bowls the best option for feeding dogs, because they are safe, resistant, easy to wash, look beautiful. In a ceramic bowl, you can heat the food in the microwave. The disadvantages include their fragility, they are absolutely not durable, they fight quickly and are distinguished by high cost.
Plastic feeding containers are low cost, and this is probably their main advantage. Cheap plastic is absolutely not suitable as a dish for an animal, as it emits an unpleasant smell of chemistry imperceptible to the human sense of smell, and plastic dishes absorb all the odors around, which leads to the refusal of pets to eat from it. In addition, the plastic container has a low weight, as a result, slides and turns over in the process of eating, and over time the surface becomes rough, as a result of plastic particles can get into the food. However, with frequent replacements, high-quality plastic bowls are safe.
Dual designs mounted on a stand in the form of a tripod, tray or table, consist of two bowls designed for food and water. They are convenient for feeding representatives of small breeds, but have one drawback. Dual containers do not protect the water from falling into it during the feeding of pet food debris. Water with bits of food changes its smell, taste and deteriorates quickly. But recently, in the twin structures, this disadvantage has been taken into account and the distance between the containers in order to prevent food residues from entering the water has been increased.
No spillage Excellent for animals that drink noisily by splashing water around. The design not only does not allow water to splash out, but also keeps it inside, if the pet accidentally slips its spillage with its body, hits it. When the liquid level changes, water is recruited. There are several kinds, with membranes and usual ones with curved sides. Non-spillage is well suited for watering individuals with long ears and a “beard,” since the coat does not get wet when drinking.
Interactive Bowls imply the presence of obstacles in the form of non-sharp spikes, labyrinths. Such containers force the pet to get food, absorbing it gradually, thereby not allowing to overeat or eat food too quickly. The time of eating increases, thus the animal has enough time to get enough and leaves the place of feeding, without asking for an additional portion.
Dishes with sections and with a timer suitable for feeding dogs, which spelled out a special diet. Food is served in small portions at a certain time set by the owner. Even in the absence of a pet owner will be able to get their portion of food. Closed sections are automatically locked. Automatic feeder provides the ability to record a voice message for the pet.
Hiking bowls not widespread, but there are places to be. They are made of waterproof material that is easily washable. As unnecessary they can be folded, in such a compact form they do not take up much space. Ideal for traveling together with a dog, both in transport and in nature.
How to choose
When choosing a dish for food, it is necessary to take into account the dimensions of the animal, the shape of the muzzle, the degree of accuracy when eating, the type of feeding.
A big role is played by the shape of the dishes. The most convenient include those that have the shape of a trapezoid. the lower part is significantly wider than the top. The form must necessarily be oval or round, any irregularities in the structure make it difficult for the animal to eat food, and it is extremely difficult to wash them. But for pets, who are awarded a short muzzle by nature, trapezoid bowls will not work, they are too deep for them, and it is inconvenient to get food from them. Flat inconvenient because after eating a lot of dirt on the floor, because porridge falls out and smeared on the floor, the soup pours out, and lumps of dry food scatter in all directions. Therefore, the height of the sides should be directly proportional to the untidiness of the pet, i.e. E. The less carefully the animal eats, the higher the sides.
When choosing a dog bowl, you should pay attention to the material from which the dishes are made. Safety, stability, durability of capacity depends on the material.
It is recommended that pets prone to intensive absorption of food, which move the feed tank with a snout, trying to reach every last crumb, should acquire stable containers with suckers, a rubberized bottom or complete with a non-slip mat.
If you have to be absent for a long time at home or there is no one to leave your pet for the duration of the trip, it is advisable to purchase automatic feeders with a timer.
For feeding especially large breeds, it is better to purchase feed containers on an adjustable stand. A pet will not have to bend down when eating, which will reduce the risk of spinal curvature and dysplasia.
The cost of bowls depends on the material and the availability of additional elements, such as a tripod, a tray. For example, metal products with a tripod cost from 500 to 3000 rubles, the cost of ceramic varies from 200-1000 rubles, plastic containers are the cheapest – about 300 rubles. Automatic feeders are the most expensive; their cost starts at 2,000 rubles and depends on a set of functions and design complexity.