This Bookend Steel Diner in Red is as stylish as it is functional. Each elevated feeder is made from powder-coated steel with a textured finish to resist scratches and a rubber, non-skid bottom. Each feeder also includes two stainless steel bowls. This size with 1 pint bowls works beautifully for cats or toy breed dogs.
This product is made in the USA.
Availability: These feeders are made to order. If the specific item is not in stock in our store--there may be up to a 2 week wait time for delivery.
Colors: Red (shown here); Black, Orange & White (listed separately).
Size & Capacity:
Small: 16.5"W x 7"D x 4.5"H; includes (2x) 1 pint stainless bowls.
Weight: 4.5 lbs
(Small with 1 quart bowls, Medium & Large Feeders are listed separately.)
Care & Instructions:
Clean the removable stainless steel bowls after each use, or daily.
Weekly, wipe the feeder with a damp cloth and dry.
Treat your feeder as if you were eating from it yourself.
Unlike ordinary food & water bowls that require your pet to bend over, tighten muscles and stress joints, a Raised Diner allows your pet to stand upright in a more relaxed, healthier position. The feeder is especially advantageous to older dogs with arthritic joints and spine. Includes dishwasher safe stainless steel bowls and an easy to clean surface- just wipe with a damp cloth and dry!
Veterinarians recommend elevated feeders for dogs and cats because they offer a number of advantages: hygiene and cleanliness, comfort for dogs and cats with arthritis or neck or back problems, and benefits for cats and dogs with megaesophagus or other conditions that make swallowing difficult.
Elevated feeders and dishes keep feeding areas cleaner. Elevated dishes help keep the food and water in the bowls and not on the floor. Dogs tend to lift their heads after taking a drink to facilitate swallowing. With an elevated feeder, they don't have to raise their heads as far and the water usually drips right back into their water dish.
Elevated feeders may help reduce intestinal gas in dogs. Eating bent over forces dogs to gulp their food. In the process, the dogs swallow more air. This air can end up as foul smelling gas a while later. The higher the dish, the less gulping. In rare instances, swallowing an increased amount of air my result in a condition called bloat (gastric dilation and volvulus - GDV). This occurs most commonly in large breed dogs, and is life-threatening. Some veterinarians recommend elevated feeders for dogs susceptible to bloat.
Elevated feeders are more comfortable for older pets. Dogs with arthritis and cats with arthritis also benefit from elevated feeders. Bending over to eat isn't comfortable for pets with stiff muscles or sore joints, particularly for pets with neck or back problems such as intervertebral (IV) disc disease.
Older pets often eat less anyway, which means they may not get the nutrition they need. If eating is painful or uncomfortable, they are likely to eat even less. Raising food and water to their level encourages eating and drinking.
Finally, elevated feeders have an extra bonus. We've also had pet owners tell us that they appreciate not having to bend over as far to pick up or fill up water and food dishes. For the frail, physically handicapped, or persons with arthritis or back problems, elevated feeders can make a big difference.