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10 Benefits of an Elevated Dog Bowl

10 Benefits of an Elevated Dog Bowl

Are you looking for a new bowl for your pet? You may have noticed that some bowls are raised off the ground, and some sit right on the ground.  There are many reasons that your dog would benefit from a raised bowl. There are even certain medical conditions that your dog may have that your vet would recommend you elevate your dog's bowls.  This article will explain why you may want to consider getting a raised bowl for your dog and what are some of the best, raised bowls for your dog.


What is an elevated dog bowl?

An elevated dog bowl is just like it sounds; it is a dog bowl that is raised off the ground.  When many people think of dog bowls, they see two bowls sitting on the ground. While this may be fine for some dogs, there are many reasons that a dog would benefit from a bowl that was a little higher up.  

 

black lab dog using elevated feeder bowl


Top 10 Benefits of an Elevated Dog Bowl

1. Better posture

When you raise your dog's bowl, you will help improve their posture.  Bending over all the time drinking water and eating food from bowls on the floor can cause bad posture that can lead to back problems in your dog.

2. Comfort While Eating 

When you elevate your dog's bowls, you are helping to make them more comfortable when they are eating.  Older dogs usually have arthritis and joint pain.  Having to bend over to eat and drink constantly can be very painful.  

3. Certain Medical Conditions Require a Raised Bowl

Certain medical conditions, such as megaesophagus, can cause your dog to need elevated dog bowls.  By elevating your dog's bowls, it will help food move down their esophagus easier. 

4. Helps With Swallowing

Elevated dog bowls will help with swallowing.  When your dog has to bend over to drink water or eat food, they have to move food and water against gravity up the esophagus into the stomach.  When you elevate their bowls, it makes swallowing much easier.  

5. Slows Down Fast Eaters

Dogs who are known to eat fast can benefit from an elevated bowl.  This can slow them down when eating because they have to eat at a more upright position. Also, slow feeder bowls are great to use with dogs who tend to eat very fast. Neater Pets makes a slow feeder bowl that is also elevated and is a great choice for and elevated dog bowl for dogs who eat very fast. 

6. Keep Dogs From Lying Down While Eating

If your dog is lying down when they are eating, this is usually the first sign that their bowls are not high enough.  When they lay down, this is putting them in a more relaxed position to eat. Laying down and eating can cause problems with digestion.  By elevating your dog's bowls, you will allow your dogs to be in a more comfortable position that will help with digestion. 

7. Easier For You to Get to the Bowl  

By elevating your dog’s bowls, you are making them easier for you to reach.  Older people may have problems with arthritis and have difficulty bending over. If your dog's bowls are elevated, it makes it easier for you to give them food and water. 

8. Keeps Feeding Area Cleaner

If your dog's bowls are elevated, it is easier to keep the feeding area clean.  Your dog is also less likely to make a mess with bowls that are closer to their mouths.  Large dogs such as mastiffs may drip water out of their mouths after drinking. By elevating your dog's bowls, they will make less of a mess with their food and water. A great choice for a bowl to help with a dog who drool after drinking water is a Neater Feeder.  These bowls come in many different sizes and also come with leg extensions to elevate your dog's bowls. 

9. Prevents Playing in the Bowl

Many dogs and puppies love to play in their water bowl.  Some will even carry their bowls around the house. Most elevated dog bowls are in a stand that cannot be easily carried around the house.  By elevating your dog’s bowls, you will spend less time drying off your dog and floor because it is more difficult for your dog to play in their water bowl.  

10. Helps Bowls Stay In Place

Elevated dog bowls come in a stand that cannot be easily knocked over.  Some dogs will scoot their bowls across the floor with their nose or may run into them when playing in the house.  These stands stay in place much easier than bowls that sit on the floor.

 

three neater feeders for dogs

 

How to Pick Out The Perfect Bowl?

When looking for an elevated bowl, there are many different kinds and sizes to choose from. There is not one bowl that will fit the needs of every dog and every dog owner.  When looking at the sizes of bowls, there are ways to measure your dog and pick out the best size for your dog. It is best to determine the size that you need by measuring your dog from their shoulders to the ground.  Then subtract about 3 to 6 inches. This is about the height of the bowl that you want. There are many different types of bowls for you to pick from that are elevated. The bowl you pick will all depend on what type of dog you have. 

Pretty Bowls

There are bowls that are more decorated and may fit in with the decor in your house.  These are wrought iron stands and pretty bowls.  These come with a very pretty stand and bowls that would go well with most home decor.  

wrought iron feeder stand

Bowls for Dogs That Make Messes

If your dog makes a big mess while eating, there are Neater Pet bowls that help collect any water that your dog may knock out of their bowl. 

Bowls for a Dog Who Eats Fast

If your dog is a fast eater, there are slow feeder bowls to help make them slow down while eating that can also be elevated.  These bowls have many small indentations that your dog has to maneuver around to get to their food. 


There are many reasons that you would want to feed your dog from an elevated dog bowl, when looking for a bowl there are different types of bowls that you need to consider.  Most of these bowls have multiple purposes that you need to consider. When looking for a great elevated dog bowl, Neater Pets has a great selection of dog bowls for you to pick from that will help keep your dog happy and healthy for years. 

  • Fernando Becattini
What is Megaesophagus in Dog, and How Can You Treat It?

What is Megaesophagus in Dog, and How Can You Treat It?

Has your dog been recently diagnosed with megaesophagus? Are they constantly vomiting, and your internet search has led you here and to worrying about your dog?  This article will explain what megaesophagus is and how to find out if your dog does have it. While this disease may sound scary at first, many dogs are living a happy, normal life while managing their disease.


What is Megaesophagus?

The esophagus is the name of the organ that carries food from the mouth to the stomach.  This is normally a long slender tube. Many things can cause this tube to become dilated and enlarged. When this tube is wider than it should be, your dog can have a condition known as megaesophagus.  Dogs who have megaesophagus have trouble swallowing their food. The food will usually end up in the dilation of the esophagus, which can cause your dog to regurgitate their food and develop aspiration pneumonia.

 

dog eating out of neater slow feeder

 

What causes Megaesophagus?

There are many diseases or genetic problems that can cause megaesophagus in dogs.  These causes can be broken down into two main categories. They are: 


Congenital Megaesophagus

Dogs with congenital megaesophagus are born with a problem in their esophagus.  You will first start to see problems with congenital megaesophagus shortly after weaning when your dog is starting to eat solid foods. The cause of congenital megaesophagus is usually unknown but can be caused by incomplete development of nerves or a heart defect called persistent right aortic arch (PRAA).


PRAA is caused by a remnant of a fetal vessel that should not be present by birth.  This causes a stricture around the esophagus, causing the part of the esophagus closer to the mouth to be enlarged.  While there is a surgical procedure that can fix the heart problem, the damage to the esophagus may be permanent. Usually, this surgery has to be done at a specialty hospital and can be very expensive.  

 

smiling border collie black and white dog



Acquired Megaesophagus

Acquired Megaesophagus usually develops later in life.  Sometimes this cause is unknown, but many other diseases can cause your dog to have megaesophagus as well. These diseases include:

  • Trauma to the brain or spinal cord
  • Hypothyroid
  • Addison’s Disease
  • Toxin Exposure
  • Nerve or muscle dysfunction
  • Foreign object stuck in the esophagus
  • Tumor in chest

Common Signs Associated with Megaesophagus

Many signs are associated with megaesophagus.  The main sign associated with this disease is regurgitation.  Regurgitation is when your dog spits up their food after eating without retching.  If your dog is retching, this is considered vomiting. Dogs who regurgitate are more like to have aspiration pneumonia.  This is commonly seen in dogs who have megaesophagus.

 

white dog sniffing brown haired woman


Other Signs Associated with Megaesophagus in Dogs

Other signs that you may see with megaesophagus in dogs are:

  • Vomiting
  • Coughing
  • Discharge from their nose
  • Weight loss
  • Increased breath sounds
  • Drooling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bad breath
  • Not gaining weight

If you notice any of these signs, especially regurgitation, make an appointment with your veterinarian.  You can discuss your dog's signs and your concerns of megaesophagus in your dog with your vet. They will want to run tests to help diagnose the cause of these problems and make sure that your dog does not have another problem.


How Do You Diagnose Megaesophagus? 

Megaesophagus can usually be easily diagnosed with x-rays. An x-ray of your dog's chest will show an enlarged esophagus.  Sometimes it can be harder to make a diagnosis with just a plain x-ray.  Your veterinarian will give your dog barium to drink. This is a white liquid that will show up on x-rays.  When they take an x-ray after your dog drinks barium will help your veterinarian see the outline of the esophagus easier and be able to make a diagnosis of megaesophagus.


There is not a blood test to diagnose megaesophagus, but there is a blood test to help figure out what is causing it in dogs.  These tests will test for things like hypothyroid, Addison's disease, and Myasthenia gravis. Other tests that your veterinarian may want to perform are endoscopy of the esophagus, nerve, and muscle biopsy or test of the cerebrospinal fluids (CSF) around the spinal cord.   

 

little boy and dad playing with dog


What Is The Treatment for Megaesophagus?

Treatment for megaesophagus would depend on what is causing the problem. Some surgeries can help if there is an obstruction in the esophagus or PRAA.  Certain medications can help treat the disease that is causing the problems. Certain things that are recommended for dogs with megaesophagus are to feed liquid gruel or small meatballs.  If your dog has developed aspiration pneumonia due to their disease, your dog may need oxygen therapy, antibiotics, or other medications to help them recover.


Depending on the condition that your dog is, they may need a feed tube so that they can eat.  This would be a tube that comes out of their neck and goes all the way to their stomach. Your dog can live with a feeding tube for years.  Your veterinarian can show you how to feed and maintain these tubes.  


How to Live with and Manage Megaesophagus in Dogs

There are many things that you can do to help manage your dog with megaesophagus such as: 

Elevated Bowls

Feeding your dog from an elevated bowl will help the food go down their esophagus into their stomach.  It is advised to elevate the bowls to a height so that your dog is eating at a 45 to 90-degree angle.  

Slow Feeder Bowl

Some dogs with megaesophagus will eat their food very fast.  This causes food to get stuck in the enlarged part of their esophagus.  By using a slow feeder, the bowl will cause your pet to have to eat slower and give food more time to get to the stomach.  

Elevate After Eating

After your dog eats, hold their front legs up for about 10 to 15 minutes.  This also allows gravity to help move food to the stomach.

Frequent Vet Visits

By making regular checkups for your dog, you can assure that they are happy and healthy.  Your veterinarian can assess your dog's progress.

 

son and dad fishing with dog

 

What is the Prognosis of Megaesophagus in Dogs?

Dogs who have megaesophagus will have lifelong management and therapy.  This is a big commitment that pet owners will have to commit to each day.  The prognosis for this disease can be good if the cause is determined, and the condition is treatable. However, many of the times, this disease carries a poor prognosis due to the underlying issue is unknown. Many complications can occur with megaesophagus that also carries a poor prognosis.  With this disease, malnutrition and aspiration pneumonia are the main causes of death. With your veterinarian's help, you can diagnose the underlying cause of megaesophagus in your dog. Your commitment to the daily care and treatment of your dog will help your dog to live a semi-normal life. 


While megaesophagus is not the best disease that you could hopeful in your dog, there are many ways to help your dog live a healthy and happy life.  This disease can be successfully managed in many dogs. Of course, it always best to consult your local veterinarian.

  • Fernando Becattini
Cat Throwing Up? How To Prevent Scarf and Barf

Cat Throwing Up? How To Prevent Scarf and Barf

What do you do when your cat constantly throws up after eating?

If you’re an animal lover, then there’s no doubt that you would do anything for your pets; play with them, feed them, love them, and of course, clean up after them. If you happen to be the parent of a cat that likes to scarf down his food, well, you might find yourself going above and beyond the usual cleaning duties; you might be mopping up a lot of vomit. Yep, you read that right; cats that eat fast have a tendency to throw their food up soon after, and this quirky behavior has the perfect name, scarf and barf


Let’s face it, constantly cleaning up barf isn’t how you want to spend your day; there are a lot of other more enjoyable things you could do with your feline friend. Plus, since it’s very likely that your cat would prefer not to puke all of the time, it makes you wonder, why does she do it? 

 

grey cat scarf and barf

 

What Is ‘Scarf and Barf’?

Basically, this aptly coined phrase means exactly what it says, cats scarf down their food as if it’s the last meal that they’ll ever have and then turn around and barf it right back up. It’s a habit that is as unpleasant as its name suggests. On top of that, it’s probably more irksome for you than your kitty because you’re the lucky one that gets to clean up the mess. The ironic part is, once your cat throws up, she wants to eat again because she’s still hungry; this is because she didn’t even take the time to digest her food before tossing it back up on the rug. So, why does she continue to scarf down her food?

 

grey cat looking up scarf and barf

 

Why Do Cats Eat So Much and So Fast?

There can be a number of different reasons why your cat overeats; sometimes it may simply be because she likes the food and it’s there. When you place a bowl full of food in front of your cat, it’s like getting a coupon for a free all-you-can-eat buffet. Having access to an unlimited supply of food (and big portions) is not how cats were meant to eat. Your feline friend has a stomach that is roughly the size of a ping-pong ball; which wouldn’t be so bad if your cat ate the way nature intended him to, which is several small portions spread out throughout the day. 


In nature, a cat hunts frequently, and when it catches its prey, it has a little fun with it before chowing down. When all is said and done, it eats about one to two tablespoons of food in one sitting; then the kitty takes a rest, gets some exercise, and starts the cycle all over again. The thing is, the edible portions of a cat’s prey are usually pretty small since they’re tiny critters like mice, bugs, and lizards. 


When you have a furry feline in your home and serve her a heaping bowl of kitty chow, her strong desire to eat is still present, meaning she’ll likely scarf down everything in the bowl. The fact that her stomach is small, and therefore can’t keep up, doesn’t phase her. She’ll keep on eating and she’ll do it fast as if she fears someone is about to snatch it away at any second. Since you can’t just tell your cat to slow down, what do you do to stop the gorging?

 

cat looking at table with food on it scarf and barf

 

How Much Barf is Too Much?

First off, it’s important to know that while it may be common for a cat to throw up, that doesn’t mean it’s normal. If your cat tends to barf every time she eats, then it’s definitely time to be proactive and figure out what’s going on and how to fix it. Sure, she may be vomiting just because she's eating too fast, but that doesn’t change the fact that she shouldn’t throw up all of the time; so what do you do?

 

cat eating in kitchen using neater feeder

 

What Do You Do If Your Cat Always Vomits?

If you’ve developed a habit of scanning the floor every time your cat eats a meal, then it’s safe to assume that your cat is regularly leaving unpleasant surprises around the house. If your kitty is throwing up multiple times a day, it’s essential to have her checked out as soon as possible. Don’t assume that it's just because she’s eating too fast. Make an appointment with your vet to rule out any other potential issues or illnesses that could be causing your cat’s barf fests.


If your vet determines that your cat is otherwise healthy and that the vomiting is in fact due to her eating habits, then it’s time to address the problem at its source. You need to make some changes that can help your cat ditch her tendency to scarf down the contents of her food bowl, and instead encourage her to eat more closely to the way that she would eat in nature.

 

brown cat looking up from neater feeder


How Do You Stop a Cat from Eating Too Fast?

If your cat is inhaling her food as if she’s some sort of feline vacuum, then it’s time to put some practices into play to help her pace herself. Here are a few different things that you can try to prevent your cat’s impulse to scarf down her food (and minimize the barf in the process):

  • Serve Small, Frequent Portions

    Although it seems easier for you to pour one bowl of food, set it and forget it; in reality, the resulting mess that ensues tells a different story. When it comes to the amount of food that your cat should eat in one sitting, small portions are best. Calculate the daily serving of food for your cat and divide it into smaller meals that are only about one or two tablespoons each. This method can keep your furry pal from overeating, which in turn will give her more time to digest the food that she does eat. Smaller portions mean that your cat’s petite stomach can better handle the amount of food coming in, therefore, reducing the need for your cat to vomit. 
  • Recreate the Hunt 

    Cats are hunters by nature; so why not recreate the experience for them? Stick with the smaller portion sizes, but then add an extra layer of fun into the mix. Hide your cat’s food dish and literally make her hunt for her food; perhaps leaving out a trail of kibble clues for her to follow. 
  • Get Product Support

    No, this doesn’t mean you need to call a helpline; there are a number of products on the market that can aid you in your quest to limit the barf. A great solution to help discourage your cat from scarfing down her food is to use a slow feeder that has built-in obstacles, like the Neater Slow Feeder. Products like this are designed to inhibit a cat’s tendency to eat like there’s no tomorrow, by separating out the food into smaller portions and making your cat work for it. 


Are you ready to make things simpler and more pleasant for you and your pet? Then check out some of our great products, like this Double Diner Slow Feed Bowl that is designed to minimize your cat’s penchant to scarf down her food so she can feel satisfied after her meals. At Neater Pets, we understand that your pets are part of the family; let us make it easier for you to give them everything they deserve. 

  • Fernando Becattini