These Slow Feeder Dog Bowls Keep Your Pet Safe

Sometimes, our pets have a tendency to eat too much, too fast. Just like humans, it’s healthier and safer for animals to take their time when eating a meal. It aids in digestion and prevents a potential choking event. But you can’t exactly tell them to eat slowly, right? Luckily, the slow feed food bowl is here to help you feed your pet at home, and keep them healthy.

The Importance of Slow Feed Bowls

You might ask yourself, “why does it matter how fast they eat, if it’s only a couple cups of dry food?”. When a dog or cat eats that food quickly in large gulps, the risk for gastric torsion (bloat) increases greatly. Bloat can occur from an excessive amount of air, water, or food buildup in the stomach. If the stomach twists from this mass, it can cause volvulus, which is very serious and often fatal. In fact, it is the second leading cause of death in dogs after cancer.

Older, larger dogs with deep chests are more prone to being affected by gastric torsion than most– such as Dobermans, German Shepherds, and Great Danes. However, all breeds can benefit from eating meals at a slower pace!

How a Slow Feed Bowl Works

Slow feed bowls are designed to separate the food into smaller sections, whether that’s a donut-shaped ring, maze-like, or otherwise. Most slow feeding bowls prevent the pet’s mouth from getting too deep into the bowl, so that it cannot grab a huge mouthful. Instead, the pet must have patience and use it’s tongue to scoop up smaller bites of food at a time.

Below is a look at the best slow feed dog bowls on the market, and our review of each.

Stainless Slow Feeder Dog Bowls

Generally, pet owners choose a stainless pet food bowl for its aesthetic look. They are among the safest choice for chewers, as they are durable, dishwasher-safe and easy to keep clean– as opposed to a plastic bowl, which may splinter if broken. Here are our choices for stainless steel slow feeder dog bowls. If these aren’t your style, continue past this section.

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DuraPet Slow Feed Premium Stainless Steel Dog Bowl:

Made of stainless steel, the DuraPet Bowl is available in small, medium, and large sizes and can hold up to five cups of food at a time. It’s easy to wash, as it’s dishwasher safe and notably sturdy. It’s meant to improve digestion by slowing down eating, which most consumers seem to note it does, to an extent, though results vary depending on the dog. Do note this bowl is based for long-snouted dogs, and dogs with shorter snouts, like Yorkies, may find it more difficult to use. Priced at $13.99, with free shipping on orders over $25.00.

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Mr peanuts slow feeding bowl

Mr. Peanut’s Interactive Slow Feed Dog Bowl with Silicone Base

What makes this bowl standout is the bundt-cake design, which is specifically formulated to address fast eating. It also has entertainment value: dogs will ‘chase’ food around the bowl, making mealtime also playtime. The silicone base also makes this bowl suitable for both wet and dry food. BPA free, this bowl is great for slowing down eating, but do note that the center ring is not as sturdy for more forceful dogs, and it can only hold up to 3 ½ cups, for the large size, at a time. Priced at $12.99.

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Slow Feed Bowl by Neater Pet Brands

Have an especially sloppy eater on your hands? Neater Pet Brands addresses that with its innovative elevated dog bowl system, which reduces messes on the floor or walls. The slow feed bowl fits in the elevated feeder deluxe, is sturdy stainless steel, and dishwasher safe. It’s well loved by most customers: just be aware this is on the pricier side. While the bowl itself is $19.99, you’ll also need to buy the feeder deluxe, which can run an additional $34.

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heavy pet food bowl

Indipets’ Anti Skid Slow Feeding Dish

This heavy-duty bowl is great for larger or more forceful breeds. While it promotes slower eating just as other designs do, it has the added bonus of being bacteria resistant. At $14.87 for the small size, this is a very affordable option with heavy-duty material. There is some concern that the bowl may be prone to rust after a period of time, so it might best suited for dry food.

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simple metal pet bowl

Classic Stainless Steel Slow Feeder Dog Bowl (Anti Skid)

With a sleek, three prong design and a sealed rim, this small but clever bowl is best for dogs who have a tendency to move their bowl around quite a lot while eating. The 12 oz feeder is designed to specifically tackle issues of bloat that comes from quick eating. Some dogs may have a little harder time getting food from the bottom, due to the intricacy of the design. Priced at $29.89 with free shipping.

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Alternative Slow Feed Bowls

Maybe your pup already has intestinal problems that require that they eat extra slow. Or maybe you don’t need the stainless steel look above. The following are more modern bowls that utilize a maze-like design to reduce the eating speed even further. These can be used as either food or water bowls, and are relatively easy to clean (you can pop them right in the dishwasher, too!)

nonslip plastic obese bowl

Siensync Fun Feeder Dog Bowl

Help control canine obesity with the a maze in a bowl and a calory controlled diet.

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outwardbound maze bowl

Classic Stainless Steel Slow Feeder Dog Bowl (Anti Skid)

With a sleek, three prong design and a sealed rim, this small but clever bowl is best for dogs who have a tendency to move their bowl around quite a lot while eating. The 12 oz feeder is designed to specifically tackle issues of bloat that comes from quick eating. Some dogs may have a little harder time getting food from the bottom, due to the intricacy of the design. Priced at $29.89 with free shipping.

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