This is the best option to help your dog eat slower and avoid choking or other digestive issue.
You can use it temporary to train your dog or to use it everyday.
While speed-eating itself isn’t major cause for concern, it can lead to a number of maladies that doting dog parents should be aware of. These include:
- Gastrointestinal Discomfort
- Bloat (potentially fatal)
Speed eaters often ingest air along with their food (aerophagia). The consequences of this can range from mild discomfort to fatality. Like in humans, swallowing excess air can lead to excess gas and stomach aches in pups. However, dogs have the unique risk of getting bloat. While bloat in humans may result in a temporary inability to squeeze into skinny jeans, the consequences for dogs are far more serious.
Bloat (technically termed Gastric Dilation and Volvulus or GDV) is a fast-acting, life-threatening condition. This occurs when a dog’s stomach literally flips over, causing blockages to and from the stomach. Bloat typically results in a distended stomach, breathing issues, compromised blood flow, stomach rupture and other severe symptoms.
Though experts are still mystified by the exact cause of bloat, it is known that excess air in the stomach (typically caused by overly quick eating) is a common culprit. The risk is even greater in larger breeds, deep-chested breeds, and dogs who exercise immediately after eating. However, no dog is immune to bloat. Therefore, slow feeder bowls can protect your dog from thunderous flatulence and serious ailments. Plus, they can save you from constant worry!
In addition to the physical benefits, slow feeder bowls can make meals even more fun for your dog! I know what you’re thinking, “How on Earth could my cuisine-crazed canine enjoy feeding time more than she already does!?” Well, slow feeders are like dog-friendly puzzles. They transform meals into rewarding games. Wild dogs have to use problem-solving to get their meals. Slow feeder bowls can ignite your pup’s instincts (yes, even your couch potato pug) to use problem-solving in eating. So, slow feeders stimulate your dog’s brain and taste buds simultaneously!
How Do Slow Feeder Bowls Work?
What is a slow feeder bowl? How can this contraption help my dog? Glad you asked!
A slow feeder bowl is a feeding bowl designed with separations and obstructions so that your dog has to use more effort, precision, and time to complete their meal. It’s almost like a dog-friendly puzzle with the ultimate reward – food! Your dog has to take their time to scoop out food from every nook and cranny. Slow feeders come in a variety of shapes, designs, sizes, and materials. So there’s sure to be a slow feeder that’s a perfect match for your food-crazed Fido.
WHY IS DOG BLOAT DANGEROUS?
When a dog’s tummy fills up fast it sometimes expands and presses against the surrounding organs. This causes the intestines, liver, and gall bladder to be squeezed, which can cause the blood flow to slow down because there’s not as much room as before for the blood to circulate. When the blood can’t flow freely, it’s not making its way to your dog’s heart and everywhere it needs to go which can cause your dog to go into shock.
It can also cause your pet’s stomach to twist and this can cut off the blood flow to other organs.
You don’t have to be a doctor to see this can be a dangerous event. The symptoms of dog bloat include: Difficulty breathing, drooling, and pacing. If your dog seems stressed after eating, don’t hesitate to call your veterinarian.
Besides reducing the risk of dog bloat, there are other benefits of slow feeding too.
It can help your dog lose weight. When your dog slows down their eating pace, they’ll chew more. Instead of inhaling and then looking at you for more, they’ll take an extra minute or two. When dogs chew and swallow their meals, they end up eating less and feeling fuller longer.
Slower eating can also reduce dog vomiting after meals. So, less cleanup for you. If your dog vomits frequently after eating, it could be because they inhale a lot of air with their food and vomiting it helps the body regulate itself.
Applicable Dog Breed: Universal
Brand Name: Ultrasound Pet
Item Type: Food Storage