As you're getting ready to bring home a new puppy, you absolutely have to stock up on the essentials. That includes the all-important food bowl—with a twist.
Puppies love chow time, sometimes to a fault. Eating too fast can increase chances of choking or bloat, a condition that fills pups' stomachs with air and can cause long-term damage. So why not take the extra step to slow them down?
There are many slow feeder bowl options, but The Slowdown Bowl from Should We Go?—available with a matching, washable silicone mat—is an excellent choice ahead of National Puppy Day, celebrated Thursday, March 23.
The Slowdown Bowl
This slow feeder is popular enough that it's sold out on the Should We Go? website, but you can still find it on Amazon for $25. It's currently available in sage green and terracotta colors, though it also comes in charcoal, honey, and blush colors.
The bowl's ridges and corners make it impossible for your dog to gulp down his food, so your new puppy should be able to avoid the dangers of choking or bloat. The safety is great for peace of mind, but the bowl is a puzzle too, so your dog will have to outsmart it to eat all his breakfast or dinner. That can help stave off boredom.
We've established it's good for your dog, but it'll make your life easier, too. The bowl can fit 2.5 cups of dry or wet food—enough for most dogs—and it's made from silicone, so it won't break as easily as other bowls. And best for us, it's dishwasher safe.
Silicone Pet Food Mat
There are many slow feeder bowl options, but The Slowdown Bowl from Should We Go?—available with a matching, washable silicone mat—is an excellent choice ahead of National Puppy Day (March 23)
Even with a slow feeder, puppies are still gonna be messy, so you'll want to protect your floor—but stylishly. You'll need a food mat to place under your dog's food and water bowls.
Should We Go? still has some of its Silicone Pet Food Mats in stock, though you can also go to Amazon and find them for $22. They're available in 10 colors, matching whichever slow feeder or bowl you choose.
It works best with bowls 7 inches wide or smaller, and it's also easy to clean. You can either wipe it down or stick it in the top rack of your dishwasher.