Proper hydration is essential for a dog's overall health and well-being. We've all forgotten to fill Fido's bowl at one time or another, so don't feel too badly about it. Instead, make sure it doesn't happen again by investing in a fountain for your dog. The Pioneer Pet Big Max Dog Drinking Fountain is a great example of one of these products.
This is actually the fountain that I use for my dogs every day. We've been using it for more than a year now, and I don't know what we'd do without it anymore. I don't have to fill their bowl as often as I used to, and all of our pets drink more water now than they ever did from their traditional water dish.
There were a few features that led me to pick this fountain over the other options available. The features I was looking for in a fountain were:
- large capacity
- easy to clean
- easy access to the water for all of our pets
The Pioneer Pet Big Max Dog Drinking Fountain fit all of these criterion. However, it's not without it's flaws. Let's talk about the details.
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Pioneer Pet Big Max Dog Drinking Fountain Review
If you're the one in charge of keeping your home clean, you probably have the same appreciation for stainless steel that I do. The Pioneer Pet Big Max Stainless Steel Fountain is one of the only water fountains for dogs that can be washed in the dishwasher. Stainless also matches any homes decor.
If you're wondering how the fountain works, it's actually pretty simple. There's a small motor that pumps the water up through the fountain. In my video review you'll see that the fountain comes apart into two pieces. The motor sits in between the pieces and attaches with small suction cups.
When it's time to clean the Pioneer Pet Big Max Dog Drinking Fountain, you just take the two pieces apart and throw them in the dishwasher or wash them in hot water with a mild detergent. The motor houses a replaceable water filter that removes impurities from the water.
While the fountain itself is easy to clean, the motor is made of plastic and a bit more difficult to take apart and wash. Likewise, the filter has a plastic cover that makes it a bit difficult to rinse, and replacing filters instead of rinsing them every few days would get very expensive.
The Big Max fountain holds 1 gallon of water. That's 128 ounces, so it's fine for large breed dogs. However, if you have a multi-pet household you'll have to fill this fountain a couple of times per day.
Filling this fountain twice daily isn't a hassle for me, as I work from home, but if you work long hours outside your house you may want to consider a fountain with a larger capacity if you have multiple large dogs.
We have a chocolate Labrador and a Beagle mix, and I usually have to fill it once each day. Our cats drink out of this fountain too, which I really like. It's easily accessible to our large dog and small cats. This is a great choice for a multi-pet household.
This fountain sells for about $63 on Amazon. It falls in the middle of the price range for the best dog water fountains, and I think it's definitely worth the money. It's durable, easy to clean and most buyers have raved about using this fountain for many years.