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Does Your Dog Eat Too Fast? Try a Slo-Bowl

Slow Feeder Dog BowlDid you just give your dog some kibble and seconds later it’s gone? Are you wondering if he inhaled it? Alas, there’s a great solution – we fell in love with the Slo-Bowl Slow Feeder, which will slow down your dog from eating too fast by turning meal time into a game.

slo-bowl labRather than chomping a meal down in a few bites, the Slo-Bowl gives your dog more of a challenge as they can’t easily access all their food at once. Your dog’s tongue will quickly learn to chase food through the Slo-Bowl maze of ridges and valleys, making dinner time feel more like a hunt.

Slo-BowlWhen your dog wolfs down his food, he is also swallowing a large amount of air. This can result in burping or farting, however you probably would prefer your dog to do less of that. By prolonging feeding times, Slo-Bowls also reduce the risks for bloat, regurgitation, and canine obesity.

Dogs love playing and eating so we’re quite sure your speed-eating dog will love the Slo-Bowl. It comes in a variety of styles, colors and sizes. The rubber-molded foundation reduces sliding and food spillage. It also has great reviews and is a top seller on Amazon.

Top 5 Drinking Options to Keep Your Dog Hydrated

Popware H-Duo 2

Popware H-Duo 2

Summer weather is here and it’s important to keep your pet hydrated with a dog water bottle or traveling water bowl. Cupping your hands to make a water bowl for your dog isn’t easy and you usually end up wasting a lot of water. So we’ve put together a few of our favorite dog water bottles/traveling water bowls for you to check out.

Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle

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We love the Popware H-DuO with collapsible travel bowl. The bottle has two 12-ounce watertight chambers so you can hold two different drinks simultaneously. Or if you prefer, put water on one side and small doggie treats (or food) on the other. The H-DuO is made of BPA-free material. The 8oz collapsible travel bowl clips onto the bottle, which makes it ideal to travel with your best friend.

Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle If you’re looking for a dog water bottle which is high tech and modern, check out the H2O4K9 Stainless Steel K9 Water Bottle. It’s designed so that the lid is the bowl. Your dog also gets his own bottle of water if you’re not into sharing your own. H2O4K9 products are designed for rugged use and years of re-use.

Bandana Bowl
The Bandana Bowl by Pawabunda is a scarf (aka bandana) and bowl in one. Your dog can wear this bandana and when it’s time for a drink, take it off and it turns into a bowl. The bowl is water proof! We’ve tested this ourselves and it really doesn’t leak! If you think your dog is really hot, you can also pour water on the bandana & put it back on around his neck to keep your dog cool.

top paw travel water bottleThe Top Paw Travel Water Bottle is part bottle and part bowl. Remove the bottle from the holder and snap it into the upright position. Squeeze the bottle gently to start water flow. Place the bowl on the ground or hold it in your hand and allow your dog to drink. It also has a strap so it’s easy to tether for hanging from bike, wrist, stroller, backpack or just put on your wrist.

water bottleThe Good Life Gear Stainless Steel Pet Water Bottle offers a unique bottle design. The stainless-steel water bottle has two openings: the small one up top has a ball-bearing to control water flow when you hold the bottle upside-down for your dog to drink (think hamster water bottle). The second opening is larger to allow for filling and cleaning. You can also un-screw the whole top of the bottle, flip it over – and it’s a cup. It’s an easy and simple way to keep your dog hydrated while traveling, running or hiking with you.

You can always check out our shop category “Feeding & Watering” for more options and please let us know if you find any other cool dog products we should post about!

Messy Mutts – fashion & function together together!

Messy Mutts

Daisy from Messy Mutts!

We discovered Messy Mutts at this year’s Global Pet Expo and loved their products. While they call themselves Messy Mutts, we think they aren’t messy at all, but rather fashionable and function-able!  In fact, their products inspired us to do our first VIDEO product reviews. Reason being that you can see the functionality of the product much better in 3D.

Davis - Messy Mutts

Davis from Messy Mutts

Chris Shipton founded Messy Mutts in 2013 and launched the brand in early 2014. After 20 years of designing stylish housewares, he needed a bit of a change and decided to work on solving some problems in the kitchen for pets! Their motto – fashion and function can work together!

Their dogs, Davis and Daisy, serve as the daily inspiration for Messy Mutts.

Messy Mutts Double Feeder for dogs is made with a non-slip silicone base that prevents damage to your floors. They are made from FDA approved food grade silicone – both BPA and PVC free. The bowls are stainless steel and the base comes in a variety of colors. You can also get them with either one or two bowls.

Check out our quick video review:

We first fell in love with their Waste Bag Holders. They’re 100% silicone and both BPA and PVC free. We love that it’s so easy to put a roll of bags in the holder or just bags from the grocery store.

Check out our quick video product review:

Last, but definitely not least is the Messy Mutts Travel Water Dispenser. This handheld water dispenser is ideal for walks, hikes and traveling.

Check out our quick video product review to see why we like it:

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Winner Beau!

Winner Beau!

Here’s the review from the winner from the Messy Mutts Silicone Double Feeder giveaway:
“Oh, we (Beau [a/k/a Fur-baby] & I) absolutely love the Messy Mutts Silicone Double Feeder. With Beau being a Boxer, she tends to be a bit messy when she eats and drinks her water – although she tries not to be – The Messy Mutts Silicone Double Feeder is perfect for her. Because of the way its made – food and water doesn’t go all over the floor anymore when Beau eats. Clean up is fast and easy – and better yet, not on my floor. I would give it 5 stars hands down. Thank you Dogsized.”

The Torus Dog Water Bowl – Innovative Drinking Solution

Bailey testing the Torus

Bailey testing the Torus

The Torus Dog Water Bowl has a few new innovations over your standard water bowl.  The Torus (Latin for ‘hollow circular ring’) stores water inside the walls of the water bowl and holds up to 2 liters of water. We had Bailey, the boxer, from our Dogsized Product Tester Team, try out the Torus.

The bowl has knob which lifts off so you can insert the water filter before you add water. Water stored inside the walls ensures an ample supply of water, protected from dust and contaminants. The low profile also means no spills.

torus dog water bowlThe knob can be set to 3 positions:

Tap: First insert the water filter. Then you can use tap water to fill up the Torus with water (note water will not flow into the drinking well during filling).

Lock: The Torus bowl is in the locked no-spill setting and can be carried to your dog’s usual drink station at home or be loaded into your car for traveling without spillage.

Drinking: To release water for drinking align the cap arrow with the dog symbol. Water will flow into the drinking well until the water outlet slot closes. As your dog drinks, water in the drinking well will be automatically replenished.

Torus Water Dog Bowl review from Bailey the Boxer and her parents:

TorusWe think the Torus water dish has a creative design to allow your dog to have fresh and filtered water, both at home and on the go. The design allows you to store your pups water within the walls of the water dish, and release it into the bowl when ready. This is quite convenient for traveling and monitoring your dogs water intake.

For a NYC dog, some of the downsides are that the Torus is large, bulky and quite heavy when filled. While traveling, it’s certainly a nice feature to be able to store the water in the bowl, but we’re not sure the convenience replaces the ease and versatility that a collapsible rubber bowl and bottle of water provide when traveling. If you live in the burbs and have a large car, this might be less of an issue.

Torus water dog bowlAt home, the Torus is convenient and its bulk is less of an issue. We used the bowl to regulate the water intake of out 4yr old Boxer, who drinks any amount of water in the bowl, no matter now much or little.

A turn of the knob allows you to refresh your pet’s water supply, while keeping track of total water consumed through the day, or you can leave it open so fresh water continues to enter the drinking area when the water level drops. If you need to monitor or limit your dogs water intake, you can turn the knob to lock the automatic refill. Also remember that once water goes from the storage area to the drinking area, you cannot automatically put it back into the storage area.

It’s definitely a creative solution for the dog owner that monitors their dog’s water intake.

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2 sizes torusThe Torus comes in a 1 and 2 liter size (note 1 liter not yet available in U.S. – coming soon),
as well as, a variety of colors.

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