To determine the appropriate shelf height for your dog, measure the distance from the floor to the spot where his legs meet his chest. He'll like having ready access to his dinner—and you'll love how it stops spills and keeps kibble from scattering everywhere. Remember: Check with your veterinarian to ensure Lucky doesn't have a GI issue this elevated height could aggravate. Treat your pet's dishes like your own and wash them daily, says Purina veterinarian Kurt Venator. Otherwise, a germy film can develop. Stainless steel bowls are ideal: They're durable, nonporous, and a cinch to clean.
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