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How tall to make food stand for GSD?

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by gritsar, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    We are going to build a stand this week to put Jax's food and water dishes in. We've read that it's better for his digestion if he doesn't have to stoop over to reach his food. We also want to elevate his food to keep the new pup out of it, at least until the new pup is old enough to need his own dishes elevated.
    What would be a good height?
    TIA [​IMG]
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Nobody has elevated feeders for their dogs? [​IMG]
  3. ChickenFanaticAB

    ChickenFanaticAB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Most that I see for large breed dogs are probably around 12-16 inches...it won't keep the pup out for long, but hopefully long enough to learn not to eat out of Jax's bowl, or until Jax learns that he has to finish his food quickly!
  4. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    About elbow height.

    Edit: Not sure that this would keep the pup out of the bowl either. You'd probably see the stand tipped over.
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2009
  5. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Okay, thanks. Got everything ready to build it and the new bowls bought, just wasn't sure on the height.
  6. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    I had the elevated dish for my GSD, it was HUGE, just like him, but the vet advised against it, can't remember why, I think it had to do with .......I can't remember
  7. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    Quote:Okay, I'll ask my vet about that. Jax doesn't mind sharing his food with the cats and he's shown no food guarding. However, we have started leaving some dry down for him at all times to help with his hiccups and gas and don't want the pup into free food until he's housebroken.
  8. Cara

    Cara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 30, 2007
    It's thought that raising bowls can increase the risk of bloat in dogs.

    Cumulative incidence of GDV during the study was 6% for large breed and giant breed dogs. Factors significantly associated with an increased risk of GDV were increasing age, having a first-degree relative with a history of GDV, having a faster speed of eating, and having a raised feeding bowl. Approximately 20 and 52% of cases of GDV among the large breed and giant breed dogs, respectively, were attributed to having a raised feed bowl.” (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2000;217:1492–1499)​
  9. Redyre Rotties

    Redyre Rotties Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2009
    North Carolina, USA
    I do not use food stands for the above stated reasons. It is natural for a dog to eat and drink with its head down. Mine don't take long anyway. [​IMG]
  10. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Gritty..back a few years ago..it was still believed that elevated food bowls help prevent bloat...
    but they now have found that it is the opposite..
    I wouldnt raise his food bowls...
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2009

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