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Just curious as to how many people use raised feeders vs. feeders on the ground. I don't know if this has been discussed before but would love some feedback.

I use stainless steel bowls and feed both ways. With Suri I have just used a raised feeder and starting Lucius on the ground. Are there any pros and cons to this?
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Studies have shown that using raised bowls increases the risk of bloat.

I have Red's food and water bowls on the ground.



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we have bowl on the ground for the same reason burns said !!

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yep, same reason.


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Huh - interesting. I always thought of raised feeders as better for the neck/back. We have raised bowls for the dobie, and floor for the Min Pin. I might consider switching to floor for both of them.

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We have our bowls on the floor for the above reason also. There was a thread on this just a month or so ago, maybe you can research it. It provided a lot of info as I remember.

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Huh - interesting. I always thought of raised feeders as better for the neck/back. We have raised bowls for the dobie, and floor for the Min Pin. I might consider switching to floor for both of them.

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Ditto my reasons for continuing to feed raised for my Dobes. While I respect Purdue, I firmly believe what helped my one Wobbler girl later in life was feeding elevated. Sometimes we have to pick our evils...

Oops -- Forgot, my dogs are fed in their crates out of stainless as puppies, then they graduate to crock bowls when out of the crate.

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i use raise, but i guess i might change, the raised bowl, there's a sticker on the thing that says minimizes bloat and indigestion, but i guess they are full of ish......
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I use stainless steel bowls and feed on the ground unless there's a specific medical problem that would be helped by using a raised feeder: MegaE and a dog in congestive heart failure being the two situations where I've used a raised feeder.



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i hear raised bowls are better and help aid in digestion. i keep both of my dobies stainless steel bowls raised.
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Wow this is news to me, Glad it was brought up here. i use a raised bowl system to, thought i was doing a good thing. Id feel pretty ripped off if i didnt buy one with adjustable legs. I can lower it to 1 inch off the floor so the bowls will at least stay put.
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I've also heard that now they are saying that raising bowls increases risk of bloat. My opinion is that we should feed from the ground and only use raised dishes when there is a health concern. I was taking care of a very elderly shepherd that had terrible arthritis. I raised his bowls so the poor thing wouldn't have to stoop over with that old arthritic neck. I've found that it also works for the blind guys, so they don't step on their dishes and send food and water flying!
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On the ground for us. I don't know which is best. I've heard conflicting reports through the years. So we stay on the ground.
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