I recently had a dog that we had to put to sleep because of his stomach flipping (on peteducation.com you could learn more about this subject).
I have been reading into many different causes and suspected causes. While there are a lot of unknowns, the one that is consistently brought up is eating out of raised bowls.
I have read multiple sites that speak about dogs eating out of raised bowls - that is, bowls on a stand or ledge about 6-16 inches (15-40 cm) above the ground - versus bowls that are sitting flat on the ground. Various sites state that it is better for dogs to eat out of raised bowls as it decreases the danger of bloat and stomachs flipping. At the same time, others state that it increased the danger of bloat.
My question is simple:
Is it better to have my dogs eat out of raised bowls or have the bowls sitting on the floor?