The Best Dog Bowl Stand Australia - Raised Feeding Station Review
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Pet Zone Designer Diner Adjustable Elevated Dog Bowls
Is your dog getting old and stiff and struggling to eat as comfortably as they once did?
Do you want a more ergonomic solution to feeding time?
That’s what the humble dog bowl stand is all about. My dogs are 13 and 15 respectively, with quite heavy bone structures and aging joints.
Dog bowl stands not only to make it easier for your dog to eat comfortably, but they also reduce the amount of mess left by your dogs after meals.
In this article, we’ll discuss the pros of dog bowl stands and why they compliment the best dog bowls, the properties and the best options out there on the Australian market today.
Why Do You Need A Dog Bowl Stand?
I was also sceptical at first. What is the point of elevating a dog’s bowl to feed them?
All a bit fancy isn’t it?
Not at all! Dog bowl stands have many benefits.
They are more comfortable for elderly dogs
If you have an elderly dog as I do, you’ll know that awkward bending or even standing for too long can cause them to tire easily. This is a common sight among dogs with arthritis. (1)
Dogs that struggle to eat comfortably because of the pain of bending down can even end up avoiding food altogether. To them, it simply isn’t worth the strain. The solution is simple.
With this in mind, you are helping your dog in spades. Even if you have a young dog, they may benefit from having a raised bowl to prevent future neck and back issues. (3)
They can reduce the amount of mess on the floor
Now, I won’t sell you a fairytale here. If your dog is a messy eater, a raised dog bowl is not going to solve that completely. However, some raised dog bowls have a platform to them that reduces spillage of water and food around the bowl.
They look great!
Beauty matters. I love to surround myself with beautiful things in my home and raised dog bowls often have a sleek design that adds to your space. Whether constructed from wood, metal or plastic, they are sure to blend with your decor.
What To Look For In A Dog Feeding Station
It is fair to say that the height of your dog’s raised dog bowl needs to work for them ergonomically. Your Great Dane will not appreciate using a bowl stand fit for a Chihuahua, or vice versa. You want to make eating as simple as possible for your dog.
Aim to purchase a bowl stand that is around 6-10cm shorter than shoulder height for your dog.
No, I am not talking about the design aspect again (although I do love an unusual looking bowl stand!). This is to do with your dog’s physiology.
PRO TIP: If your dog has a flat face (e.g Pugs and Frenchies), they may struggle to use standard elevated dog bowls. The holder often encompasses a deep bowl that is not easy for your dog to eat from. Therefore, you need a stand that can tilt forward or is made specifically for their head shape.
Luckily, raised dog bowls that have a tilting function are quite common. We have a great option in the reviews below!
One dog bowl or two?
It is perfectly fine for your dog to have a stand that allows for two bowls - one for water and one for food. This works perfectly well for single-dog households.
If, however, you have a multi-dog household like mine, having two food bowls for booth dogs in a stand is a recipe for disaster.
Dogs can get extremely territorial over their feeding areas. Having both dogs eat from the same stand also causes confusion with whose food is whose. It can lead to fights and injury if you stoke that fire, even if your dogs are friendly with each other most of the time.
Therefore, if you have more than one dog at home, either consider getting a single stand for each dog’s food or get two duo-stands for each dog to be happy.
The Best Dog Food Stands Australia 2021
We know the what and we know the why! Now let’s dig into the best dog feeder stands on the market today. They are quite a decent range of choices for dogs of all sizes and face shapes, so we hope you find the right one for you!
What sets this product apart from the rest?
The Pet Zone Designer Diner is very designer indeed! This fully adaptable, adjustable, raised feeding station was created to accompany your pup at every stage of their life.
From puppyhood to adulthood, your dog can use this stand to raise their dog bowls to their level. There are three adjustable heights: 7cm, 20cm and 30cm. This makes the Pet Zone stand ideal for most small to large dog breeds. Extra-large dog breeds, however, would still need to bend to use this product.
If you don’t intend for your dog’s food station to be set up at all times, the feet of the stand can be tucked under the main frame for easy storage. This also makes the Pet Zone the most portable option on this list.
The set comes with two stainless steel dog bowls that are anti-rust and easy to clean. The stand holds these bowls deeply and securely so there are fewer chances of spills.
The great reviews attest to how sturdy and durable of a product this is. Though it may be a little pricier than some of the other items on this list, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more flexible and well-constructed product in this category!
Verified Review - 24/07/2020
Handy To Grow With Your Pet
"Good easy to assemble not to bad on balance and stability, does well on a non-slip mat. Good deep bowls and allows growth with the puppy overall good product"
For a cheap and cheerful option, PaWz offers a great dog feeder stand for dogs of all sizes.
They have three available sizes. The smallest size is 15cm in height. The medium measures 27cm in height. The largest size is 35cm in height. This should work for a very wide range of dog breeds which is fantastic.
The stand is iron-based, rust-proof and durable. It has non-slip rubber feet to ensure that the stand doesn’t slide around as your dog is eating.
The set comes with two stainless steel bowls that are easy to clip in and out of the stand.
Essentially, the PaWz set is everything you need in a raised dog bowl stand. The price is wonderful too considering how imperishable it is.
There is one glaring con and that is the setup. While setting up the Pawz stand is relatively easy, there are quite a few parts to it. The set is sold in pieces that you must assemble at home to get started. Not quite as easy as some of the other options on this list that have no-screw assembly.
Once you have set it up, it’ll last your dog a long time, so this is definitely a great option for those of you wanting a more cost-effective option.
Verified Review - 25/02/2021
"This item is just what I wanted. It came well packed and easy to assemble."
We have mostly been prioritising the comfort of our elderly dogs in this conversation. As raised dog bowls are mostly marketed to them. Elderly dogs are more likely to have stiff joints and mobility issues.
That being said, puppies can benefit from elevated dog bowls too. The comfort they have eating this way can even aid digestion.
For puppies, we recommend Smith Chu’s range of elevated dog bowls.
These premium eco-friendly bamboo stands only lift your dog’s food a little off the ground which is the perfect height for young dogs. Both the double and single bowl sets have a height of 5.5cm.
Note: we only recommend the double and single bowl set. It is not advisable to buy a triple bowl set for two food bowls for two dogs and a water bowl in between. There is not a big enough separation of the two food bowls for your dogs to feel comfortable. It is not ideal for them to eat so close together.
We like that the bamboo platform provides a solid base for any spills. It looks pretty great too!
The set comes with one of two ceramic bowls. Ceramic bowls are great they keep food and water fresher for longer due to their natural cooling properties.
Best of all, the company offer a money-back guarantee should you be dissatisfied with the product for any reason. It’s a no brainer!
Verified Review - 5/04/2021
Very Sturdy Came Bubble Wraped So Bowls Won't Break
"Decently deep bowls (a little over a cup of food will fill them) I loved how the water bowl I have (a water fountain for them) fits right overtop the third slot so I can have 2bowls of food one for each cat and then put the water fountain over the third slot it just looks nicer that way. Elevates up the bowls by about 4 Inches I would guess so the cats aren't completely on the floor with their neck. Very sturdy and a nice color of light brown matches any decor in the house."
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This sleek-looking stand is beautiful and functional all at the same time.
The WANTRYAPET stand combines a durable, rust-proof stainless steel frame, with an eco-friendly, natural tensile bamboo platform to set the perfect feeding stage for your pampered pooch.
The set comes with two ceramic bowls, perfect for keeping your dog’s food and water fresh. The set as a whole is easy to clean too.
Unlike the PaWz set, this one is incredibly easy to assemble. The frame comes fully formed and you simply need to slip the platform on top and the bowls inside. Easy peasy!
The wide stance of the stand makes it incredibly sturdy. Your dog is far less likely to tip this over.
We recommend this one highly for small dogs because it only comes in one size. It is 11cm in height which is great for small dogs but still a neck strain for medium-extra-large dogs.
If the size is right, we highly recommend this stand for your pooch!
Verified Review - 8/03/2021
"Great height for our pup. Keeps dishes in place."
Finally, we end our reviews with the perfect product for our flat-faced beauties. Pugs, Frenchies, and Boxers needn’t struggle with a typical raised dog feeder. The Amaseng model is perfect for them.
Though it can be set up in the typical fashion, with the bowls perfectly horizontal, the trick here is that you can set up the top platform to be tilted. This allows your flat-faced dog to have better access to their food as the angle is perfect for them. Just another level of comfort for your pup.
This stand is made entirely of bamboo. It has a very stylish design with a zig zag pattern on the side. It is that very same zig zag patterning that enables the bowls to tilt forwards for easier access.
The set comes with two stainless steel bowls.
The height of the tilt can be adjusted. At its lowest, the height is 6cm. At its highest point the tilted configuration can have a height of 13cm. Therefore, this feeder is ideal for small dogs like Pugs and Frenchies.
The Final Verdict: Top Dog Bowl Holder
For the ultimate all-rounder, you can’t go wrong with the Pet Zone Designer Diner. The fully adjustable design makes it adaptable to all stages of your dog’s life. The construction is sturdy. It is not the cheapest option, but it certainly lives up to its premium price point. Reviewers agree!
If you have a flat-faced dog like a Pug or Frenchie at home, the Amaseng tilted dog bowl stand is perfect. It is stunning, well-constructed and provides a more comfortable eating experience for your pooch.
No. Your dogs should not share a dog bowl stand as this can cause aggression due to feeling territorial over food. Your dog’s feeding stations should be separated. They can be in the same room, just not too close together.
- Racine. E. July 22, 2019. “Osteoarthritis in Dogs — Signs and Treatment”. Retrieved June 14, 2021. https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/health/osteoarthritis-signs-treatment/
- October 15, 2020. “5 Unexpected Ways Mobility Issues Affect Your Dog”. PetMD Editorial. Retrieved June 14, 2021. https://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/5-unexpected-ways-mobility-issues-affect-your-dog#slide-3
- Negron, V. March 9, 2011. “Arthritis: How to Recognize and Manage the Condition”. PetMD. Retrieved June 14, 2021. https://www.petmd.com/dog/general-health/evr_dg_arthritis_how_to_recognize_and_manage_the_condition