Preventing Your Dog from Eating Too Fast

Eating too fast can be a choking hazard for your dog.

Some dogs seem to practically inhale their food, eating so quickly, they hardly even chew or taste their food. Eating too quickly can be a choking hazard for your dog, and some dogs tend to vomit after eating so quickly.  Additionally, dogs that eat very quickly tend to swallow more air which may lead to bloat.  There are some steps you can take to try to slow down the eating frenzy:

Make a Physical Obstacle: If your dog eats dry food, try spreading the food out on a cookie sheet or similar large pan.  There are specially-designed “slow-feed” dog food bowls which have special compartments, domes or other obstacles your dog must eat around, making it more difficult for your dog to quickly get to the food.

Smaller Meals: Feed several small meals throughout the day, rather than one or two larger meals.  There are special toys designed to dispense dry food or treats throughout the day, such as the Buster Food Cube. Your dog rolls the cube and food is slowly dispensed throughout the day.

Feed Your Dog Alone: Dogs see other dogs as competition, and instinctively may try to eat faster to keep the food away from other dogs.  If you have a multi-pet household, try feeding the fast-eater alone. You can even hand feed your dog a few pieces of kibble at a time so he learns patience.

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Abby Rosenberg

Abby Rosenberg is a PetMeds employee and long-time cat lover. She was a volunteer for several years at a local no-kill cats only rescue shelter. This has prepared her for her most challenging role to date: secretary, photographer, social coordinator and treat dispenser for Daisy, and Daisy’s sidekick Harley. Daisy is a dilute calico Devon Rex cat, and Harley is a “cow-cat” who was adopted from the shelter where Abby volunteered. You can also find Abby on Google+

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