Learn how to stop your dog from eating too fast with these tips from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Some dogs eat really fast. While you may not think it’s a problem, it can actually lead to health complications. Dog who eat too fast can suffer from gagging, choking and vomiting. There’s also a chance of a more serious health problem–gastric dilation, commonly known as canine bloat. Dogs can suffer from canine bloat if they eat too fast or too much. The dog’s stomach expands as gasses build up, causing the stomach to twist within the dog’s abdomen. This stops gasses from leaving the stomach and circulation can be cut off from the organ.
If you have a fast eater, it’s important to train your dog to slow down. There are a few simple ways to stop your dog from eating too fast. Follow along with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Feed More with Smaller Amounts
Try feeding your dog smaller amounts of dog food throughout the day instead of one or two big servings. For example, if you feed your dog two cups of food twice a day, feed him or her one cup four times a day instead. Breaking up the feeding times with smaller amounts can help them stop overeating.
Use or Create a Slow Feed Bowl
A slow feed bowl has obstacles that your dog has to work around to get to their food. This slows down the eating process and makes your dog work a bit for their food. You can buy a slow feed bowl or create your own. To make a slow feed bowl, place a small food bowl upside down in the middle of a larger food bowl. This creates a moat that your dog will have to work around. Another option is to place large, clean toys (that can’t be swallowed) in the food bowl. Your dog can work around these obstacles to get to their food.
Use a Food Puzzle
Food puzzles or dog toys that you can stuff with food are a great way to get your dog to slow down. It’s also a great way to encourage mental exercise and play time for your pup. These work great for treats, too!
These are just some general guidelines. All dogs are different, and it’s important to work with your veterinarian whenever you’re changing your dog’s diet. For more tips on caring for your four-legged family members, visit our Pet Care blog.