Choosing the Best Dog Bowl/Feeder

There are several different kinds of popular bowls for feeding dogs. Your choice can depend on your budget, the style you prefer, and even how many dogs you have. You might also be interested in purchasing a dog feeder if you are away from home sometimes and can’t always be there to feed your on a schedule.

Stainless steel bowls

Stainless steel bowls are a traditional and popular way to feed dogs. They are easy to sterilize, dishwasher safe, and they come in different sizes and shapes to fit the needs of different dogs. For example, there are stainless steel puppy pans called “flying saucers” for weaning puppies to solid food; and there are conical-shaped bowls for dogs with very long ears so the dogs won’t get their ears in their food. Stainless steel bowls can slide around when dogs eat from them, but you can buy bowls that are weighted so they won’t slide. Stainless steel bowls also have the added benefit of being relatively inexpensive. Stainless steel bowls are often a good choice for pet owners, especially if they have multiple dogs.

Plastic bowls

Plastic bowls are another option for feeding dogs. However, there are many drawbacks to using plastic bowls. Plastic bowls can be scratched and when food is placed in the bowl, bacteria can grow in the scratched places. Some dogs like to chew on plastic bowls and they are not as long-lasting as other feed bowls. They are lightweight and can slide around when  your dog eats from them. In addition, some dogs are allergic to the chemicals used in the plastic. They can develop rashes and bumps around their  muzzles from contact with the plastic. Some dogs also lose pigment on their nose from eating out of the plastic. Plastic bowls don’t make a good choice as a feed bowl for most dogs.

Ceramic bowls

Ceramic bowls are one of the best choices for feeding dogs. The heavyweight bowls are sturdy and long-lasting. They have a baked glaze on them which discourages any bacterial growth. They are usually dishwasher safe and they can be sterilized. Many ceramic bowls are painted with beautiful designs which make them works of art. You can even have them personalized for your dog. Ceramic bowls are heavy and will not tip over or slide around. The only real drawback to a ceramic bowl is that it is breakable but these bowls are quite tough and they don’t break easily. Many ceramic bowls last for years and years.


These are the normal choices for feed bowls for dogs. If you need a feeder for your dog, most feeders either have a bowl already attached to the feeder or they are designed to be used with steel or plastic bowls.

Feeders for dogs can be helpful if you are not home to feed your dog. The best feeders have timers so you can pre-determine when the feeder will feed your dog and allow you to set the amount of food it will give your dog. Feeders that let your dog eat all day are less desirable since most dogs will continue to eat even when they aren’t hungry. This will simply lead to a very fat dog. Choose a feeder that gives you as much control as possible over when and how much your dog eats.

Of course, the downside to a feeder for any pet is that the pet may figure out a way to open the feeder and help himself to all the food he wants. Be sure to buy a good quality feeder that will keep your pet out.

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Whether you work long hours; or on a quick vacation; chances are that you worry about your pet. Well; ease your mind; and fill your pet’s tummy with this Auto Pet Feeder. This feeder consists of a storage container; a feeding bowl and an 8 setting programmable digital timer. The digital timer can be programmed to feed pets up to 8 times a day; all through the week – even throughout the year! The unit can be programmed to release small quantities such 4 to 5 kibbles of food if necessary (This is ideal for feeding diabetic pets; and pets with eating disorders.). And don’t worry about spilling food all over the floor when you’re filling this feeder – the large opening in the food storage bin enables an easy fill of pet food. A flexible stainless tube sheath (coated with plastic) protects the power cord and prevents pets from chewing on the cord. The feed bowl can be easily removed; cleaned and is dishwasher safe. Pet food does not have to be emptied from the storage container to clean bowl. Slow dispensing of food prevents the feed from piling up and also prevents the pets from eating too fast!

Dogs are not usually picky about their bowls and feeders. They are more concerned about the food than how it is served. But if you follow the suggestions offered here you should find just the right bowl for you dog.