Could Your Dog Benefit From a Slow Feed Bowl?

Too-fast eating is referred to as “wolfing” down your food for a reason: many dogs instinctively eat very quickly, sometimes seeming to gulp their food down in a matter of seconds without chewing or even tasting their food. Often, larger dogs tend to eat more quickly, as well as dogs in multi-pet households as the dog eats quickly to prevent other dogs from getting to the food. When your pet eats his food too quickly, it can immediately result in choking, vomiting or regurgitation, and eventually result in obesity. Dogs that gobble their food also swallow a lot of air, resulting in excessive gassiness. Worse, gulping of food, along with the swallowed air, can cause a life-threatening condition known as bloat. Bloat is a serious medical problem, and is most common in large dogs with deep chests.

Luckily, there is a simple way to slow down your pet’s frantic eating by making the food less accessible. Slow Feed bowls are designed with special obstacles built into the bowl that your dog must eat around, slowing down the eating process. This type of bowl also prevents your dog from taking large gulps of food at once. When using a slow-feed bowl, because your dog will have to work his muzzle in and around the bowl, it is important to select a bowl with a non-skid bottom to prevent the bowl from tipping or being pushed around the floor as your dog eats. A Slow Feed bowl can be used for dry or canned food, or even water.

The Slow Feed Non-Skid Dog Bowl comes in medium, large and jumbo sizes and is available in blue or white.  This bowl is made of heavy duty plastic and is dishwasher safe in the top rack of your dishwasher. The Slow Feed bowl can help your enthusiastic eater slow down and enjoy his food.

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Erin Gleeson

Erin Gleeson is the Outreach Specialist at 1-800-PetMeds® and works with the 1-800-PetMeds Cares donations program. She has loved animals as long as she can remember and has worked in several veterinary offices in the past as a veterinary technician. She has one cat, Kitsy, and frequently fosters kittens for a local rescue group. You can also find Erin on Google+.

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