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Old 09-07-2012, 12:06 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Do any of you use elevated bowls for your dogs? I put Lily's bowl up to see how it would work and she's fine with it and as a bonus, it's keeping her ears out of the food. I will probably make a platform for her regular bowl because the elevated bowls sold online and in stores seem very expensive.
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we use one. love it. if you search "pet bowl stand" on amazon there are metal stands that will accommodate your existing bowls instead of buying one of the raised feeders that includes bowls- that will make it cheaper. just a thought!
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Good idea... I saw them at one of those discount stores yesterday for cheap and they were really cute but I never thought to keep the ears out of the food/water!!


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I used to use elevated bowls; however, while researching Bloat and how to help prevent it, I found information that said elevated food bowls could contribute to Bloat.
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You can get special food bowls for poodles that have high sides to keep ears out. Snoods are also cheap. And neither risk bloat/torsion (emergency surgery and most likely death).
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Sorry, I am really confused about bloat. I never heard of it before joining this forum. Prior to that, I always though elevating the food/water bowl off the floor was better for the dog. Is bloat a problem for miniature and toy poodles too or just standards (Lily is a mini). And why does an elevated bowl contribute to the problem? I have seen and equal amount of info warning against using elevated bowls or for using them.
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You can get special food bowls for poodles that have high sides to keep ears out. Snoods are also cheap. And neither risk bloat/torsion (emergency surgery and most likely death).
Why do raised bowls create a higher risk for bloat/torsion? And is there a specific height of bowl that is the issue?
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I use elevated bowls at my vet's suggestion. Both of my dogs are potential bloat candidates since Lily is a standard and Peeves is a GSD. I have known my vet for twenty years and his new dog is a standard poodle (old one was a toy). I have a hard time imagining he would suggest it if he knew it increased the bloat risk.
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There was a pretty extensive study done at Purdue University on bloat. This website has a good summation of the major points http://www.crittersitextra.com/petti...loat_Study.pdf
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The more I read about it, the more confused I get. Seems like everything I am doing is wrong. I put a lot of water in Lily's kibble because she doesn't drink, I feed only kibble, I feed her once a day, I started elevating her bowl and she eats quickly. Definitely need to discuss this with my vet.
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