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Jester's water bowl is in a raised stand but his food bowl is not.
 

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Never have used raised bowls.

There was an article in a Golden Retriever magazine (the kind sold near the checkout at PetsMart) about bloat. It said to feed a mixture of wet & dry food and put the bowl on the floor.
 

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Misty uses raised bowls, but they are not that high
 

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I have raised bowl's but was thinking about changing at least the food bowl to a regular bowl.

The set up I have just gets to nasty and there is always water in the bottom..their bowl's swim every day:doh:
 

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I have a towel under my raised water bowl and it seems to help. And under the towel is a rug for both food and water with a rubber backing.
 

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Tucker eats off the floor... he is a dog... though I was thinkin' about setting him a plate at the dinner table... LOL I'm just teasin you guys.

His dishes are on the floor though. I figure if raised dishes are kinda a new fad and the dogs that lived just fine 50 years ago did without em my dog can too.

*shrugs*

Whats the big difference between raised and not... ?
 

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I always used raised dishes with my foster dogs (danes and mastiffs) b/c that is what the rescue recommended but when I asked my vet about it, he said there are conflicting stories and he didn't feel it made a big difference. I had been feeding Harvey on the floor but I recently switched to a raised dish. Some of them are really expensive but I found one at Petsmart that was reasonable. Nothing fancy but it is sturdy and cheap. Oops, I was going to post a link but I can't find it. Anyway, it was $28 and I'm happy with it- he seems to make less of a mess with his water now too.
 

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Our GSD eats and drinks from elevated bowls because she is such a tall dog. Tucker doesn't have raised ones, though. He just has regular stainless bowls. We may eventually get him an elevated set. but for now he is fine with his regular ones.
 

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I first used a raised bowl for Ralph as he had digestive problems, and then for Ginny and Holly as they got older. Quinn & Reeva are fed on the floor at the moment, but the water bowl in raised otherwise a certain madam would be paddling in it (as my mum and dad found out when they looked after them for us one day)
 

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We use raised and love it! But that didn't start until he was about 5-6 months old and could reach it without making a huge mess. As a young pup I used a smaller bowl on the floor, hand fed, played with food in the crate, etc.
 

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I used to feed raised, but don't anymore.
I had a real nice, handmade wooden feeder that then-DH made. It held stainless steel bowls, but there was a platform underneath that, no matter what I did, would get all slimy from the water being slopped around.
I also read that study that suggested raised increases bloat risk, so that influenced my decision to go away from it, too.
I'm considering going back to it though, now that Gunner is getting older. He's pretty tall and it has to be a little uncomfortable for him to bend down so far.
 

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We use the raised bowls for our guys.
 

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I've fed raised for about 5 years. And I really feel it's more beneficial than not. When the girls eat from bowls at ground level, I've noticed more instances of having to cough up a piece of kibble that didn't quite go all the way down.
 

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Stainless bowls on the floor. There's just not enough information to convince me that raised is better.
 
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