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Old 01-07-2013, 04:51 PM
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Raised feeder - ideel height?

I've been wanting to order a pretty, wooden raised feeding station for Rocket, but the cost always throws me.

My dad has agreed to make one for us. YAY!

Now I just need to figure out the ideel height. I'll go google and see what I find, but any thoughts on a good design and height?
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The one I use is 8" tall. It has lasted through 4 dogs, including Ky. My suggestion since you're making it is to just make the holes for the bowls to sit down into. Mine has a place for the bowls and when the dogs drink it goes under the bowl and makes a mess.

My next one will be just holes and I'll put something on the floor under it to catch any slops
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Do not use a raised feeding bowl of any kind- my vet and many others have heard that it can increase the risk of bloat.
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I started using the raised bowl many years ago to prevent bloat. It wasn't until I joined this forum that I heard that now they think it causes bloat. I asked my Vet when I went it and he just shook his head and said, keep using the raised bowl.
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Do not use a raised feeding bowl of any kind- my vet and many others have heard that it can increase the risk of bloat.
I've read the same in some GR publications. I don't use raised bowls either.
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We never used a raised bowl so I wouldn't know. Jack used to lay down in front of the bowl and "pray" before he ate.
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I agree with Rainheart. 10.5 years ago when Sally got sick, she seemed uncomfortable eating off of the floor. So I bought a raised station, her breeder, my mentor, nearly took my head off. Since then I read that feeding in raised bowls is a myth to prevent bloat....
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Interesting. We bought a raised feeder years ago when we got our newfie at the urging of the breeder who said it reduced the risk if bloat. And our collie always ate laying down, so I figured standing was uncomfortable

I will have to do some mire research.
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I had read raised bowls enable dogs to eat faster and more easily which could cause bloat. I guess it makes sense. I feed out of a Kong Wobbler anyway, so Molly eats off the floor.
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I read that larger breeds should eat from a raised bowl to reduce their risk of bloating. I was reading an article the other day that advised the opposite. So now, I'm a little confused. Thoughts?
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