The Debate to Elevate the Plate

Let’s face it, pets are fussy. Some are so fussy, they refuse to eat. This is not only frustrating to pet owners but it also jeopardizes our pet’s health. Some people will try anything to get their pet to eat. The latest trend is with elevating the pet dish to, as some argue, make feeding more comfortable for the pet. This solution may be especially helpful for larger pets who may suffer from arthritis or back problems or bloat.

One reason an elevated plate works for some pets is the elevated dish puts less strain on the pet’s back or shoulders so when they are eating, they may appear to be in a more natural position. Others are against elevated plates and some research indicates that raised bowls actually do more harm than good. For instance, research suggests that elevated bowls contribute to bloat. Others agree that what is most natural for a pet is eating off the ground because that’s what animals in the wild do.

Whichever side of the fence you are on, one thing is certain – pet’s have specific preferences about how they eat. Some prefer eating from a traditional bowl, some prefer eating from elevated dishes, and others prefer eating off the floor. It is our opinion that finicky pets – those that turn their nose up when their food is presented, have stronger opinions about meal time than other pets.

The Pet Plate solves common feeding problems because it works in tandem with both the floor position or the elevated position. For us, the choice to elevate depends solely on the pet’s preferences. And as pet owners, we’ll do whatever it takes to help our pet’s eat successfully and happily.

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