Whether you are planning on bringing home a Chihuahua puppy or you've had your Chi for years, picking out food and water bowls may appear to be one of the simplest tasks, at first glance. However, the bowls that your Chihuahua uses to eat and drink out of actually affect quite a few things:
How the bowl affects eating:
Ease of eating
- If the bowl is sized incorrectly, it will be difficult for a Chihuahua to reach all of his food. Additionally, if the dish is too deep, the forehead can hit on the opposite rim, which interferes with eating.
Evaluation of food eaten
- This is a tiny breed that does not require all that many calories per day to maintain. And many owners are surprised at how little a Chi needs to eat; however, if the bowl is too large this can give a skewed perception of how much the puppy or dog is eating.
Actual amount eaten
- Some puppies and dogs are remarkably picky when it comes to the height of the food bowl. For this reason, just switching from a floor level bowl to a raised bowl can be just the trick to encourage a finicky Chihuahua to eat a bit more. When a dog feels comfortable with his eating area, he is more apt to stay to finish a meal.
How the bowl affects drinking:
Amount of water ingested
- There are many dogs that struggle to ingest enough water and it is important that requirements are met to keep a dog hydrated. This is true not only during hot summer months, but year-round since just a 3% drop in water levels in the body can manifest as dry skin issues and other problems. The right bowl (or water dispenser) will attract a dog and help to keep water cool, which is a main attraction point for dogs.