The Right Bowl for Your Pet


The illustration gives great advice for choosing a bowl for a dog based on their physical attributes. In addition, here are some other things to consider:

Ceramic Bowls

  • You can find ceramic bowls to match your home decor as they are often very stylish and have many different types and designs from which to choose.

  • Because ceramic bowls are heavy they may be a good choice for the pet that is an aggressive eater, especially smaller pets.

  • They may not be a good choice for the larger pet that likes to move their dish as they can crack and be more fragile than other types of bowls.

  • They can develop micro cracks that can harbor bacteria and germs.

  • If you decide to purchase a ceramic bowl for your animal always remember that they require frequent cleaning, more often than other types of bowls.

Stainless Steel Bowls

  • Stainless Steel bowls are by far the most durable and sanitary choice of pet dishes.

  • They are easy to keep clean and dishwasher safe.

  • Many times they are more affordable than ceramic.

  • They are not as stylish as ceramic and can scratch hardwood floors if your pet likes to push around their dish while eating.

  • To combat floor damage, they can be used with an eating mat or rubber bottom that can help avoid any unsightly damage.

Plastic Bowls

  • Plastic bowls are the most economical option and come in a variety of shapes and colors.

  • Like stainless steel, they are very durable and dishwasher safe.

  • They may not be the perfect choice for the puppy or the pet that likes to teeth or chew on their bowl. They can be dented and scratched which can create the same bacteria and germ hazard that ceramic cracks possess.

  • In addition, small pieces may break off and be ingested by your pet causing intestinal damage.

  • Some pets can develop an allergy to the plastic that can result in facial and mouth irritation.

  • This style of bowl is recommended for the less aggressive older pet that does not chew on items beyond their food.

Whatever bowl you decide for your pet, it’s a good idea to have multiple water and food bowls, this way you can rotate them as one set is being washed.

Because it is important for your pet's well being, as a practice, our pet sitting services include daily cleaning of the pet’s bowls and dishes. We hope you find this article has helped you make an informed decision on the right bowl for your pet.

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