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Choosing the best bowl for your pooch
When it comes to feeding your dog, you may be concerned with the ingredients of the pet food – and whether it has enough protein, vitamins, minerals and other ingredients to give your canine companion the best health possible. However, it is almost just as important to choose the best type of bowl for your dog's food and water.
The bigger the better is a perfectly acceptable rule of thumb when it comes to your dog's water dish. You want to make sure there is always water available for your dog to drink, whether you are home or not. However, just because the water doesn't run out, doesn't mean you should not change it regularly. Give your dog fresh water to drink at least twice a day to ensure that no illness-causing bacteria grows. You can also use pet products like Be Fresh Dental Care Solution or C.E.T. AquaDent Drinking Water Additive. These tasteless products kill bacteria in the water bowl that can contribute to dental diseases. They also freshen your pet's breath and fight tartar and plaque to support the best dental health possible.
"Bigger is better" cannot be used as a rule of thumb for food bowls, however. Smaller dog breeds should eat out of smaller bowls, while larger dogs will need bowls to suit their size. Giving your dog too big a bowl may make it seem like you need to feed it more food, which can lead to obesity and other health problems. Whether you feed your pooch dry kibble like Petcurean Now! Grain Free Dry Dog Food or wet food like Taste of the Wild Canned Dog Food, pick a bowl that holds just enough. A bowl that is too small can also pose a challenge to larger dogs.
The best types of dog bowls are those that are made of stainless steel with a rubber bottom. Stainless steel is good because it won't break and can be thrown into the dishwasher for easy cleaning. The rubber base helps because it prevents the bowl from slipping around out of the pet's reach and from scratching hard wood floors. Look for tapered edges too, as this prevents tipping when your pet is eating.
The Durapet Dish & Bowls are good options for all dogs. Sized for all breeds, these bowls are stainless steel and have a slide-resistant rubber base.