Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Risks Of Eating Too Fast And How To Slow It Down

When a dog or puppy eats too fast there is a danger it might choke on dry food or vomit from eating too much. Eating too fast can also cause a condition called bloat that is potentially fatal for your dog. So if you have a dog that has problems with eating too fast, it is essential that you take steps to slow down his or her eating.

Here are some tips you can try to slow down your dog’s eating:
Sit with your dog as she eats to monitor her food intake. You can try feeding her by hand. Take a handful of food at a time into your palm and allow her to eat it from your hand. This method will allow you to control the pace and may make her conscious of being more deliberate about eating since she will not want to hurt you.

Divide one of her meals into two or three smaller portions so she does not have the opportunity to gulp her food down all at once. After one portion is finished, wait a few minutes before giving her another.
Feed her more often so that she is getting the same amount of food during the day, but not ingesting it all at one time.

Buy a bowl designed to slow down eating. For example, some dishes come with knobs on the bottom to force dogs to take smaller bites in an effort to work around the knobs. If you cannot find one of those, you can place a very large rock in her food bowl to serve the same purpose. You must make sure that the rock is too large for your dog to accidentally ingest.

Make her work for her food. For example, you can put one of her meals into a treat cube or kibble ball and she will have to work to get it out. This can’t help but slow down her eating. If she becomes too frustrated you can always do something like spreading her food out on a cookie sheet to slow her down. You can also try using a muffin tin as a food dish to slow her down as well.

You can try putting a large rubber ball or tennis ball in her bowl. As she has to nudge the ball out of the way, she will take smaller bites.

If you have more than one dog, try feeding them separately to see if that helps.

You can also try free feeding your dog as long you monitor her closely. There is a good chance that she will regulate her eating pace on her own if she feels like food is always available.

Remember the key is to stay patient and keep trying until you find a solution that will slow down your dog’s eating without making her too frustrated. Not all solutions will work for all dogs, but as long as you keep trying you should find something that will solve the problem for your dog.

Being a veterinarian and invisible dog fence specialist is her career, freelance writing is her hobby. Advice and information by Susan Wright, can be found covering many topics including dog based, scientific research.

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