I was asked recently to review the PetWeighter dog dish, advertised not to slip and slide across the floor while your dog eats. I was skeptical, but have to say I was pleasantly surprised. After 4 days of use, it is still in the exact same place where I put it. See the old dish in the lower right corner of the picture, halfway off the mat? Usually, I find it halfway across the kitchen after meals, sometimes as far away as the bathroom!
Penny is an “enthusiastic” eater, but this bowl has not budged. I have the bottom filled with water, but you could use sand, and the extra weight keeps it in place. The top part, where you put the food, is easily removable for washing and is dishwasher safe.
I never have trouble with the water bowl moving, but I know some dogs paw at the water dish until it turns over. Theoretically, this weighted dish would prevent that, as well. I had no way to test it.
This isn’t the “prettiest” stay-put dish on the market, but it’s a definite keeper! My only worry would be with small dogs, it may be too high up. Penny is a 13″ Beagle, and that’s about the minimum height required for comfortable eating, I would think. For taller dogs, especially those who require a raised bowl due to bloat concerns, this would be ideal.
Here’s the press release with more info:
PetWeighter has been uniquely designed to prevent the spills and mess that can often result from an ‘ever-moving’ bowl. It also ensures a constant supply of water, whatever the season*.
Engineered by a resourceful dog owner for his Schnauzer, Charlie, who was diagnosed with diabetes, this clever product was originally created to stop him knocking over the bowl and therefore provide his canine pal with access to plenty of water throughout the day.
Strong and sturdy, the two-part PetWeighter comprises a removable bowl on top of a base that can be filled with sand, water or a combination of the two. This means that the high-strength, food-grade plastic bowl will not move when a dog nudges it – and stops the container and contents from travelling across the kitchen or yard. It will also stay put if a clumsy human kicks it by accident or a mischievous child knocks into it while playing on the floor.
Simply unscrew the cap, fill and then secure again, replacing the bowl on the top, for a robust receptacle that will always ‘sit’ and ‘stay’! When completely full, the PetWeighter can tip the scales at a mighty 28 pounds (13kg) – enough to prevent food and water spills by even the biggest hungry hounds.
The PetWeighter bowl is detachable for washing or filling with food and can be placed on a dishwasher top rack for a thorough, hygienic clean. The top is then easily aligned to the base and locked straight back into place with a simple click.
The rounded corners of the PetWeighter make it conveniently chew-resistant, while the bowl itself has no dirt-attracting cracks or crevices. As well as providing ongoing access to water, the PetWeighter is great news for arthritic dogs** at meal times as its elevated height (8¼ inches / 21cm) removes the need to stoop down, which can put stress on joints, necks and shoulders, particularly in older animals.
A full supply of water is essential for almost every canine bodily function, aiding a dog’s digestion, maintaining its body temperature at a normal level and preventing damage to organs. While awareness of pet hydration during the summer is high, it is equally important to ensure dogs drink the required level of fluids during the winter, as rigorous exercise and home heating systems can accelerate the dehydration process. Depending on its size, a dog requires around 0.5 oz to 1 oz (15 to 30 ml) of water per pound of body fat, each day***. Water spillage can be a major cause of insufficient hydration, as our four-legged friends often push and tip their bowl, losing vital drinking supplies as they do.
With no more growls caused by the frustration of a shifting dish, PetWeighter comes with a dark gray base and a choice of Red, Turquoise Blue, Pale Pink or Hot Pink top bowl.
Rob Peacock, owner of Peak Pet Products Ltd, said, “PetWeighter is a bowl that really sits and stays! Creating an immovable pet feeding and watering zone, it simply cannot be budged, no matter how hard a dog tries. We designed it to make water and dinner spills a thing of the past, so it’s a treat for the pet owner, too – saving wastage, mess and cleaning up time. What’s more, our faithful friends no longer have to chase their bowl to enjoy their food or drink.”
Designed by award-winning British small business, Peak Pet Products Ltd, PetWeighter has a suggested retail price of $29.99 and is available on Amazon.com.
(1) In 2018, PetWeighter won the Silver accolade in the international PetQuip Industry Awards in the category ‘Pet Product of the Year – Health and Technical’.
(2) * Owners should ensure that bowls are filled regularly to ensure a constant supply of fresh drinking water.
(3) ** Before taking any specific actions in relation to a pet’s health or behavioral issues, PetWeighter would advise owners to seek independent advice from a veterinary practitioner.
(4) *** Dog owners should always consult a veterinary practitioner regarding their dog’s water requirements, as needs vary according to breed, size and health conditions.
Try it out if you’re tired of tracking down your dog dish after every meal!
Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!