Just as not all pets are the same, not all dog feeders are the same. There are many different types of feeders for the different needs or habits of each animal. In this article, we’ll tell you about the various options that are available in stores.
What types of dog feeders are there?
Before choosing or buying a feeder for your pet, it’s important to know their tastes and eating habits well. For example, does your dog devour their food in seconds? Does your dog like to carry their bowl around? Alternatively, does your pup like to eat a little, wait a while, and then eat some more?
For each problem, there’s a different type of feeder adapted to these specific needs and behaviors. Once you know about all the options and what type of dog feeders are recommended for each type of behavior, it’s much easier to make a choice. Then, all you have to do is choose a special color or design for your pet!
Keep in mind that each dog feeder has peculiarities, benefits, and disadvantages. For this reason, you need to analyze and compare the alternatives. Here are some of the options:
1. Automatic dog feeders
This is an ideal option for owners that aren’t home for long periods of time. This means that the owner might not be home for mealtime every day. This device has two containers. The first container is for the food and the other is where the dog eats. However, these are not suitable for wet food.
These dog feeders have a clock. This means that you can program the times when the food will come out. You can also choose the amount of food. In fact, there are even some models that you can operate from your phone. These are a great idea if you’re going away for the weekend and want to make sure your dog is eating on their regular schedule.
2. Stainless steel or aluminum bowls
These can come in all different shapes or sizes. However, this is a great option for dogs that are restless at mealtimes or ones that want to play with their dish.
The only issue with these is that they can be a bit heavy compared to lighter plastic bowls. However, they’re easy to wash and last longer than plastic bowls usually.
3. Feeders with obstacles
If every time you serve your dog you think they would be the winner for the Guinness World Record for the fastest eater, this feeder is a great option. They’re made of plastic – however, unlike other feeders, these have obstacles in the center. These make it more difficult to access the food. As a result, your dog slows down while eating.
Of course, if you have a gluttonous dog, it’s not going to prevent your dog from wolfing down their food. However, the truth is that at least it will take a little longer to devour their food. The goal is that they have to rest a bit between bites. This helps prevent choking, gastric or intestinal disorders, vomiting, bloating, or weight gain.
4. Plastic dog feeders
These are typical dishes or containers that are sold in pet stores. Although there are different models, the truth is that we don’t always recommend these for dogs. One reason is that animals can develop allergies to plastic.
5. Dog feeders according to the size of the dog
Obviously, you won’t get the same size of feeder for a chihuahua as for a Neapolitan mastiff. And we’re not just talking about the amount of food, but also to the type of dish.
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