My doggies have pretty large bowls, and I always think, "Oh you poor thing, having to make do on so little food. But it's what the bag says you should have..." It is tempting to toss some more grub in there to make it look better.
According to the article, the University of Tennessee's College of Veterinary Medicine made an experiment with 54 dogs and their owners. Four combinations were tested:
- Small bowl with a small scoop
- Small bowl with a large scoop
- Large bowl with a small scoop
- Large bowl with a large scoop
Does it matter?
Yes, especially for small dogs and cats eating dry food. Kibble is generally high in calories, and a small pet will gain weight quickly.
What to do? I use a graded measuring cup. Even if the food in the bowl looks like too little, the measuring cup says it's just right.
The article also pointed out that many pet owners have a huge bowl for the food, and a tiny bowl for water. It should be the other way around: pets need much more water than they do food.
~ Maria Sadowski