While all dog owners love to lavish attention on their pet, sometimes it’s nice to have amenities like an automatic dog feeder to take care of their basic needs. Most of these devices have some kind of timer on them so that your dog gets fed at a certain time. They are perfect for dog owners who are leaving for a day or two and letting their dog live in the backyard. They are also great for those who would rather spend more time playing and less time on the basic necessities like making sure Fido gets fed every day at a certain time. They can even help with portion control for dogs that are on a diet.

Programmable for up to three meals each day, the Petmate Le Bistro Portion-Control Automatic Pet Feeder can be set to dispense up to three cups for each serving. It only works with dry food and uses three D batteries. Owners of this device say you should definitely use food that’s at least ½ inch in diameter because it doesn’t work well otherwise.

The Bergan Aut-O-Dine 25 is probably the most basic automatic feeder on the market. It dispenses 25 pounds of food, but it’s not electronic. Just put the food in and the dogs have access to it whenever they want it. A swinging door keeps the food protected from the elements if used outside.

With an LCD clock and a detachable food hopper that makes it easy to clean, the Idirectmart Large Automatic Electronic Programmable Portion Control Feeder holds 22 pounds and can be set to feed your dog between one and four times per day over a period of three months. You can even record a message for your dog, and an alarm goes off when it’s time to refill.

The Lentek 6-Day Automatic Pet Dish will feed set portions every 6, 12, or 24 hours. Unlike many other feeders on the market, it works with both dry and wet food. The compartments hold up to 5 and a half ounces of wet food or 2/3 of a cup of dry food.

A latching lid keeps the PetSafe 5-Meal Electronic Pet Feeder secure until feeding time, and the food tray can be put in the dishwasher to clean. The dish has five chambers that each holds up to a cup of food. It works with either dry or wet dog food.

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