lynn sandy, Oregon 12/7/2014 6:28:53 AM From everything that is on the internet, it isn't the raised bowl, but a lot of different factors. From what I read, the break down comes down to the following factors. 1. Dog Breed 2.Speed at which the dog eats 3. The type of Dog Food being used 4. The amount of water the Dog drinks after eating 5. How much and how hard is the exercise the Dog does right after eating 6. Then the Elevated Dish or not? As far as I can find, there was only 1 study done. How good was the study depends on the $ and who was backing the study. We have feed our Goldens from a raised platform without any series problems. We will keep on doing it. It also helps in keeping the mess down.