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Best Dog Bowls

Dog bowls are available in many colors, styles, and materials including ceramic, plastic, and stainless steel.

Additionally, there are many options.

Some dog bowls claim to help a fast eater slow down. Others are spill proof to keep the mess to a minimum. Some are elevated and others can be personalized.

But, which kind is the best for you and your dog?

In general, it is best to choose a dog bowl that is:

  • durable
  • safe
  • sanitary
  • and easy to clean.

In addition, select one to meet the individual needs of you and your dog:

  • Do you have an older dog with back, neck, or joint aches and pains? Then an elevated feeder might be more convenient and comfortable for him.
  • Does your dog have digestive problems from eating too fast? A slow feed dog bowl may help.
  • Do you have a toddler who likes to play in the dog's water bowl? Believe it or not, they actually make spill proof water bowls!

The Best Material Is...

In terms of material, stainless steel dog bowls are a good choice. Why choose stainless steel instead of plastic or ceramic? There are many reasons...

1. Most Sanitary. Stainless steel is the most sanitary type of dog bowl because of its non-porous construction. Plastic bowls have pores where bacteria, which may be harmful to your dog, can grow. Ceramic bowls may crack or chip which can also result in bacteria build up.

2. Durable. Stainless steel dog bowls last a long time, possibly for the life of your dog. They do not break or chip when dropped like ceramic bowls and they can not be chewed up like plastic bowls. Be sure to inspect plastic and ceramic bowls for wear and tear and replace when they become damaged.

3. Easiest to clean and are dishwasher safe. While ceramic and plastic bowls may also be dishwasher safe, it can be difficult to clean inside tiny scratches and chips, especially by hand washing.

4. Does not absorb odors.

5. Does not stain like plastic.

6. Does not rust.

7. Resists scratches and chips that can harbor bacteria. Therefore, your dog will be less likely to acquire a bacterial disease.

8. Highly recommended for dogs that are allergic to plastic or materials containing dyes.

Stainless steal should not be used in the microwave. If you like to warm your dog's food and need a bowl that can be used in the microwave, then stoneware is a better option.

Are these Bowls Indestructible?...
Well... I've owned a set of stainless steel dog bowls for about 10 years. I bought them when my Basset Hound, Hunter, was a pup. They have held up quite well. Despite daily washings, they still shine. I've dropped them quite a few times. The really loud noise that occurs when the bowl crashes into the floor scares Hunter away. But, they don't break or chip. One day, my husband was mixing some pool chemicals near the dog bowls and some of it splashed on one of them. This caused a few spots of corrosion on the bowl. It's still usable. But, doesn't look perfect anymore. So I'd say... for the most part these bowls are indestructible and are the best dog bowls for me. Just keep the chemicals away!

The Best Dog Bowls to Solve a Particular Feeding Problem

Some dogs make a mess when they eat and others eat too fast. Luckily, some dogs get to travel a lot and unfortunately others are prone to bloat.

The articles below will help you choose the best dog bowls to meet the individual needs of you and your dog.

Help! My Dog Eats too Fast.
Does your dog gobble his food down in ten seconds? Are you worried about bloat? Find out how to slow a fast eater down.

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