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Slow down mealtime

August 11, 2017

Does your dog wolf down their meal in a matter of seconds? Many dogs love food and go absolutely bananas at mealtime.

Inhaling a meal too quickly can cause pets to experience upset stomachs, excessive gas, indigestion or vomiting. In the worst cases, they may bloat, which is a serious medical condition that requires immediate treatment. Here are some things to try when your pooch eats too quickly:

I like to feed dogs twice daily. Less food at each meal is good for the tummy and reduces mealtime excitement. Have them sit and wait next to their food dish before releasing them with an ‘ok.’ It’s great obedience practice and will calm them before chow time

Try placing a feeding ball in your dog’s dish. Having a moving obstacle in the dish will force your pal to slow down and focus. The size of your dog will determine the size of the ball. It needs to be large enough to prevent them from swallowing it.

Another option is a slow-feeder bowl. These dishes are specially designed with raised partitions, domes or other obstacles in the bowl, forcing your dog to maneuver their food out. And, not only will an obstacle course slow down meal-time, these dishes can be a great way to keep your dog’s mind sharp.

Dogs look forward to feeding time so make it last as long as possible.

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