Filed in Dogs, Nutrition
When you bring a new dog into your home, there are several accessories that are essential to dog parenting success. Some of the most important accessories you'll need are food and water feeders.
If you've already shopped for these items, no doubt you were faced with dozens of choices. Don't worry! Here's what you need to know to purchase the perfect feeders for your pet.\
Bowls: Food & Water
There are five basic types of bowls to choose from:
Plastic: This type of bowl is rather common due to its low cost. However there are a few challenges associated with plastic bowls. First, they are easily chewed, so if you have a dog that likes to chew things you should consider other options. Second, since plastic is porous, it can harbor bacteria, which can cause "canine acne." This condition appears as tiny pimples on their chin. Frequent sterilization or switching to another type of bowl will solve the problem.
Ceramic: These bowls are among the most aesthetically pleasing. The only real drawback is that they are breakable and heavy. If you have small children or a very active dog, you may want to consider other alternatives.
Stainless Steel: These bowls stay the cleanest and are essentially unbreakable. One word of advice; if you intend to feed your dog outdoors -- stainless steel bowls absorb heat fairly quickly which could spoil the food if it's left in the sun for a long period of time.
Weighted & Non-Skid: These are much less likely to be moved around or dumped by your pet.
Raised Feeders: Many veterinarians and breeders recommend the use of raised feeders for certain breeds, or to prevent several different health problems.
No matter which type of bowl you settle on, you should be prepared for some additional "visitors" -- ants. The best way to avoid this is to set out food at a set time, clean up the bowl immediately after feeding, and keep your food in a sealed storage bin.
The main purpose of keeping food in storage bins is to keep other critters out. There are bins that are raccoon-proof, ant-proof, dog-proof, and even moisture-proof. Since you need an opposable thumb to open them, it's a pretty safe bet that critters won't get in.
Some people keep food in storage bins simply because they don't like the appearance or the hassle of dealing with a 20-, 30-, or 40-pound bag of dog food. If you fall into this category, be sure to write down what kind of food is in your bin.
These ingenious devices' are handy for people who travel frequently or work odd hours. Auto feeders can hold anywhere from two to 25 pounds of dry food; water feeders can hold anywhere from eight ounces to five gallons of water.
There are also devices that you can place on your hose nozzles that allow dogs access to water any time they want. It's always nicer to be able to feed your dog in person, but it's better to be safe than sorry!