The Chronicle of the Horse
MagazineNewsHorse SportsHorse CareCOTH StoreVoicesThe Chronicle UntackedDirectoriesMarketplaceDates & Results
 
Results 1 to 9 of 9
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Aug. 7, 2007
    Posts
    1,195

    Default Elevated dog feeders

    Opinions??
    As some of you know, we are doting a tripod Aussie in a couple of weeks. He is the full brother of our Aussie, Iko. Poor guy fell on hard times after his owner died. Fortunately the breeder was able to get him out of a less than stellar situation but not before he broke his leg somehow. Anyway, the dog needs a soft place to land and he is coming to us!!
    All this to say, I have read that an elevated feeder makes life easier for a tripod. This dog is a rear leg amputee. Also have read that not all dogs should use them.
    Would like to know what y'all think of them.
    Thanks in advance.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul. 13, 2008
    Posts
    3,007

    Default

    I use raised food/water bowls for my dog because she has arthritis. Hers are just regular bowls placed on fairly low objects that give a sturdy base, like a wooden stool or a small storage box. The actual raised setups at the store are too pricey and bulky.

    I googled, didn't realize raised feeders are now thought to be linked to bloat. Yikes, something else to worry about. Dunno how to resolve that one.



  3. #3
    Join Date
    Feb. 9, 2006
    Posts
    1,792

    Default

    We bought one for a big ol' dog because I'd read that they were better for bigger dogs. I hadn't realized they were linked to bloat - darn - we got it because it was supposed to REDUCE the likelihood of bloat!

    He did like it, gimpy old thing - it made it much easier to eat from his bowl (counter surfing really wasn't an issue ), and it made it a smudge harder for the terrier to nibble around the edges as the big dog ate.



  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar. 10, 2006
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    1,215

    Default

    We use plant stands to put the bowls on, they come in different heights, you can get them at Home Depot or Walmart.

    A bucket turned upside down with a hole in the bottom cut out for the dish works too.

    I've seen people use milk crates.

    We've always fed elevated, and yes, I have read that study on the correlation between bloat and elevated feeding, but I don't buy it. We have fed elevated for 45 years and see no reason to change, it seems much more comfortable for the dogs, most everyone I know with Irish Wolfhounds still does.

    OP, if it were my dog, and elevated feeding made him more comfortable, I would do it.



  5. #5
    Join Date
    Oct. 9, 2008
    Posts
    782

    Default

    My family used an elevated feeder for our dog when she became a tripod (front leg amputation) because the vet said that it would be easier for her. Obviously I can't ask her, but I think the elevated feeder was more comfortable/easier for her to use.


    1 members found this post helpful.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul. 5, 2011
    Posts
    155

    Default

    I'm not a bigfan of elevated feeders except where a disability makes them necessary. Bloat studies aside, eating from ground level is just a more natural feeding position.

    If I were you, I'd try feeding both ways and see how the dog does with each. You can improvise ways to elevate the bowl before deciding whether you should purchase an elevated feeder.



  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan. 19, 2014
    Posts
    959

    Default

    I'd just roll with whatever the dog wants to do. A rear leg amputee shouldn't have difficulty bending forward & down to eat from a bowl on the ground. But if it makes the dog happy, then certainly try elevating the bowl.

    I honestly wouldn't worry about accommodations for this dog. Dogs have three legs and an extra - you'll hardly notice the missing limb.



  8. #8
    Join Date
    Mar. 10, 2006
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    1,215

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by independentlyawesome View Post
    Dogs have three legs and an extra - you'll hardly notice the missing limb.
    That is funny! And I'm sure true for many, if not most, dogs.

    But Irish Wolfhounds? Not so much. We always say, Irish Wolfhounds need AT LEAST four legs!



  9. #9
    Join Date
    Aug. 7, 2007
    Posts
    1,195

    Default

    Thank you all!
    I think we are going to see how he does before committing. We went to see him today with Iko and our 2 y.o. Grandson who immediately started calling him Harpo. So I think that Harpo will stick.



Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: Oct. 20, 2012, 02:00 AM
  2. Any ideas? Elevated liver but not awful
    By kasjordan in forum The Menagerie
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: Aug. 3, 2012, 10:38 PM
  3. Replies: 2
    Last Post: Jun. 18, 2012, 04:32 PM
  4. UPDATE: elevated liver enzymes
    By Guardian1 in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: Apr. 10, 2012, 02:10 PM
  5. Elevated CPK level
    By Huntertwo in forum Horse Care
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: Dec. 7, 2010, 06:16 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
randomness