Raised Dog Feeders

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Roscoe, my Boston Terrier, recently started eating from a These Creatures raised standing feeder. 

Some experts believe that raised dog feeders are more comfortable for your pet, allowing him to feed without straining the joints, neck, back and spine.

Dogs (especially large breeds) can swallow a significant amount of air when eating food because they tend to lift their heads after drinking or eating to facilitate swallowing. This can lead to a variety of health problems, from the minor (like gas) to more serious (such as intestinal bloating). Raised dog feeders, set to the appropriate height, can help a variety of dogs swallow their food more easily with improved posture.

Elevated dog feeders often have oversized bowl compartments, offering more available fresh water for your pooch. And as some dogs feed more easily from a few inches off the ground, you may find a reduce in messes on the floor (like drooling and food crumbs). Ensure you choose a feeder that allows your dog to feed and drink comfortably, without having to reach upward during mealtime.

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Please keep in mind that raised dog feeders may not be appropriate for all dog breeds (such as deep-chested breeds like German Shepherds and Dobermans). And elevated feeders could be a non-dietary 
threat to dogs already predisposed to bloat, so be sure to ask your vet’s advice before making the switch to a raised dog feeder.

Check out some of these raised and hanging dog feeders and explore more information about your pet’s health on Nat Geo DOGS!

Photo Credit: 
Jodi Kendall


  1. SincerelyFido
    March 12, 2011, 10:40 pm

    Thanks for the post, because it makes me want to do more research. I never realized that raised dog feeders weren’t beneficial to all breeds.

  2. eagle eye
    April 5, 2011, 9:04 pm

    Horses need to be fed at ground level to facilitate proper chewing motion. I also like them to drink water from a lower level, not any higher than two feet. It’s natural, our genetics are those of hunter/gatherer’s, we would do well to follow that diet more closely.