The types of Automatic Dog Feeder

  • There are two main types of automatic pet feeder, with many variations on the same two basic themes:

    Electronic Pet Feeders

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    Electronic feeders are the most popular type of autoloader as they allow you total control over exactly how much your dog eats and when they can eat.

    You need to pre-program them with feeding times and portion size measured, then the food is automatically distributed accordingly, at the exact times and quantities you have programmed.

    Advantages of Electronic Pet Feeders:

    The main benefit of electronic feeders is the degree of control you have over your dog's feed, no matter where you happen to be at the time of feeding - it's perfect for weight control or handling conditions such as hypoglycemia, pancreatitis and diabetes as you can make sure your dog likes small and regular meals.

    Eating these regularly balanced and controlled portion sizes ensures that your dog will not be gorging on their food - this could lead to bloating and obesity - and promotes easy digestion, according to WOPET .

    It's easy to overestimate the size of the portions with the owners just going by the view alone, but an electronic dog loader ensures portions are correct each time.

    Disadvantages of Electronic Pet Feeders:

    It is always useful to do your research regarding electronic feeders and to invest in a quality product. Low quality products can result in programming errors resulting in your dog missing a meal, overeating or being malnourished.

    So, make sure that you only invest in a good, reliable quality diet, such as those that are discussed later in this page.

    Gravity Pet Feeders

    Gravity Feeders are the least sophisticated type of automatic dog feeder so every time your dog eats, the food will naturally fall from the hopper into the bowl, replenishing what has been eaten.

    Once the container is full, the dispenser will not be able to release more food as the food will be saved in the hopper, preventing further flow.

    Advantages of Gravity Pet Feeders:

    There is no fiddly programming needed with a gravity feeder so you can be sure that the mechanism will never fail and your dog will never miss a meal.

    Disadvantages of Gravity Pet Feeders:

    Of course, the flip side to this is that your dog will have unlimited access to his food that could easily lead to overeating and its related health conditions, such as obesity.