Pros and Cons of Different Dog Bowls

While you may think that a dog bowl is just a dog bowl, that is simply not the case. There are many different types of dog bowls that serve diverse purposes. Jenna Stregowski of About.com discusses the different kinds and their pros and cons:

Plastic
Pros:
-    Come in a lot of different shapes, sizes and colors
-    Fairly inexpensive and usually dishwasher safe

Cons:
-    Easily prone to chewing or scratching
-    If scratches do occur, bacteria can find its way in

Ceramic
Pros:
-    Often handmade and stylish, making it look a lot different that a generic bowl
-    Easy to clean because of their glaze

Cons:
-    Any kind of cracks can leave an area for bacteria to grow

Stainless Steel
Pros:
-    Extremely durable and dishwasher safe
-    Many equipped with non-skid bottom

Cons:
-    Don’t usually come in colors or designs

Elevated
Pros:
-    Two plastic, ceramic or steel bowls that come in a stand made of wood or plastic
-    Has the potential to store food within the stand
-    Some believe that elevated feeding is beneficial to dogs

Cons:
-    If food is stored in the stand, it’s possible the dog could get into it
-    Sometimes needs to be placed near a wall or it could be tipped over
-    Are usually pretty expensive

Automatic
Pros:
-    Bowls attached to a container or reservoir
-    Can sometimes include an automatic timer to release food
-    Keeps water readily available to your dog


Cons:
-    The food portion may not allow you to see how much food your dog consumes. It’s usually recommended that you feed your dog yourself.
-    With food right there, your dog could break in

Travel
Pros:
-    Great for bringing along on a trip or a car ride
-    They can be collapsed, making them very portable
-    Fairly inexpensive

Cons:
-    Should not be used on a permanent basis


Source: About.com