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How many of you guys feed from the ground? I know it's better for them and less strain to eat elevated but right now my boys having trouble eating out of his stainless steal bowls that are elevated.

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I feed elevated. Purely for the comfort factor -- she looks like a giraffe at a river when she tries to eat from the floor. You didn't say what issue your boy is having which is causing him difficulty. Our regular raised feeder isn't adjustable but our travel one is, so in this situation I would bring it out and try a lower setting. Perhaps if you try something in between? Does he have a medical problem or do you perhaps have it too high for him?

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We either feed elevated for ground up meals or loose in the backyard for whole hunks. Usually with the whole hunks both dogs will opt to eat while laying down for comfort. While traveling we usually feed out of bowls on the floor.

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At home I feed in elevated stainless steel bowls. When we travel, both of mine will eat from bowls placed on the floor with no problem. I guess I use raised feeders at home because I 'think' they look more comfortable, but I have a feeling either way would be fine with these two. When I first brought home my shy girl, she would eat laying down on her bed with the bowl in front of her. I don't think it matters how they eat, as long as they are comfortable doing so.

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I think a lot of hounds could do either/or, but I feed Rudy from a raised dish. He tends to hoover food in pretty hurriedly and I have noticed that he seems to hack/cough more if he eats from a bowl on the floor versus raised. He just personally seems to prefer it too, as I have a raised water dish for him and a regular water dish on the floor for my mixed breed girls, and he always chooses to drink from the raised dish.

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Currently the girls eat in their crates, from bowls on the floor. Doesn't seem to be a problem for them. Might be a problem on a slippery floor -- wouldn't feed on the floor in that case.

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Initially, I had Payton's bowl elevated. However, I read "Greyhounds for Dummies" which indicated that elevating the food bowl can actually increase the chances of bloat, so I put it on the floor. He doesn't not seem to care either way.

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Ozzie is so tall that if I put his bowl on the floor, he would have to lay down to eat it comfortably.

 

If I don't put water on his food he will hoover it up and then shoot it right back out...so everyone here gets some water on their kibble.

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Initially, I had Payton's bowl elevated. However, I read "Greyhounds for Dummies" which indicated that elevating the food bowl can actually increase the chances of bloat, so I put it on the floor. He doesn't not seem to care either way.

 

I have read a lot of back and forth about raised versus not raised in regard to bloat risk, but my overall impression is there is not really any solid data on either side of the argument that either way impacts the chances of it.

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I have read a lot of back and forth about raised versus not raised in regard to bloat risk, but my overall impression is there is not really any solid data on either side of the argument that either way impacts the chances of it.

 

That is my thoughts as well, but since he does not care, I just put it on the ground. I had a dog die of bloat when I was a teenager. It was horrible.

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That is my thoughts as well, but since he does not care, I just put it on the ground. I had a dog die of bloat when I was a teenager. It was horrible.

 

It's a scary thing. I'm rather glad Rudy had a gastropexy previously so his chances of torsion are reduced.

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I have Wiley's feed dishes raised. He seems more comfortable. He can eat from the ground but when he does, his legs shake and he looks really awkward and uncomfortable. If he starts eating to fast I put a 8" piece of chain in his dish to help slow him down.

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Casper and Ronon eat in the elevated stand. Joey eats off the ground. He is young and has no issues. Casper can not stand and eat from the ground so he would have to lay down to eat. The raised stand makes it easier on him. Ronon too- he has spinal issues and his chiropractor said it would be better for him to eat from the raised stand. They eat side by side. Water is in a big bowl that I try to keep full so they don't have to bend over much to get water.

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There's a Neater Feeder is the current GFNC auction. This is what we use in our home.

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The floor until they get older I reckon. I have my old boy's bowls raised slightly now so he doesn't have to bend down so far to eat, he isnt a greyhound but he's still pretty tall.

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