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How to slow down your dogs eating

Posted on April 25, 2013 by Sierra Sammy There have been 4 comment(s)

Does your dog eat too fast? Do you want to make meal time more interactive and safe?

I have had a few dogs in my lifetime, and they all went through that inhaling food stage. The faster they eat, the less they chew, and this can lead to choking. When they swallow their meal in just a few seconds, they also gulp and swallow air, which in some breeds can lead to discomfort, gas, vomiting or bloat. I have a friend who had a frightening experience with her Golden Retriever who food bloated from eating too much food too fast...

The Golden's X-Ray when taken to the vet shows all the full kibble bits in her stomach, blocking their passage through to the intestines

The Golden's X-Ray after the kibble and gas started to move through the intestine. The dark black is all the gas built up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The poor girl couldn't get comfortable, had a hard-as-rock stomach the size of a beach ball, and was making all those pained noises that make us as owners melt. A very expensive vet bill later, a much happier Golden is home again with my friend.

While this is one of the worst things that could happen from eating too fast, I know that none of us want a "surprise" to clean up a few minutes after dinner everyday (GROSS!). So, how do you get them to slllloooowww down?

Making the food less accessible is an option. Creating obstacles to prolong the eating period will force your dog to stop gulping air. Obstacles also force your dog to solve a problem and hunt for their food. Sometimes we just focus on taking our pets out for walks for their physical health and forget about exercising their brains too. Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exertion. Using interactive games will keep them content, slow your dogs eating habits and improve their mental health!

Northmate is a new company who aims "to create better lives for pets." Can't argue with that! They have come up with a new product to make meal time interactive!

The Northmate Green Interactive Dog Dish is the perfect solution for a dog that eats too fast or if you are just looking to make meal time interactive! Check out this video to see for yourself!

This feeder allows all dogs, small and large, to hunt for and push out their food between the many blades of grass. Plastic and dish-washer safe, you'll be making meal time safer and much more fun with this innovative new product!


This post was posted in General, Dog Toys, Pet Health and was tagged with dog gulping, slow dogs eating habits, interactive meal time, dog mental health, fast eating solution

4 Response to How to slow down your dogs eating

  • Becky Alton - Allsport Labrdor Retrievers says:

    I don't have time for the dogs to take their time eating as I feed up to 8 simutaneously so I suggest you soak their food to mush prior to feeding them. We do that now for pups up to a year of age. Quick eaters don't chew the kibble anyway so have it partially digested prior to eating. It is easier on their digestive system and you never need to worry about bloat.

    Posted on April 27, 2013 at 9:03 am

  • Kerrin says:

    I have 8 standard poodles and some of them used to inhale their food instead of chewing, so I bought the bowls that are moulded into 4 sections.. .slowed them right down. I home cook so the moulded bowls are way better than this "grass looking" dish because they won't leak any liquid and they are more affordable, as well.

    Posted on April 29, 2013 at 5:37 pm

  • Amy says:

    My little mini schnauzer would eat so fast she threw up bial. I bought her a cheaper moulded dish (with nubs inside) and it slowed her eating down enough that she does not throw up anymore.

    Posted on May 3, 2013 at 3:36 pm

  • Anne says:

    How would this work for giant mastiff type breeds and raw fed dogs ? I think the Mastiff breeds may have a problem as they could not get there snouts in between the blades. If I fed a raw diet would it leak out all over the floor?

    Posted on May 2, 2013 at 3:23 pm

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