Have you ever wondered if your dog eats too fast? No matter what they’re eating, some dogs can’t help but scarf their food. If you recognize these behaviors, you might have a speed eater on your hands!
Here are some common signs that your dog may be eating too quickly.
- They eat very quickly and vomit after eating.
- They eat so voraciously they start choking on their food.
- They have suffered from Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV), also known as Bloat, a dangerous and often deadly condition where the stomach can expand, or even rotate.
- Your dog seems obsessed with mealtime and can’t be distracted from eating.
If your dog is a chow-hound, your goal should be to slow their meals down. First, keep them from taking big bites or wolfing their food. You can do this by spreading out smaller meals throughout the day or by making it harder for them to eat quickly. Make mealtime a puzzle! A slow feeding toy can really deter a speed eating dog.
Give your dog an entertaining treat by feeding them from a stuffed Kong. Not only do they have to work a littler harder to eat, but you can also fill the toy with anything from wet food, to peanut butter, to a mixture of your own making. Frozen chicken broth, anyone?
Comes in a variety of sizes- $6.74- $15.99
Fill the Bob A Lot with your dog’s dinner and watch them puzzle it across the floor! Your furry friend will have a blast watching the Bob A Lot bob across the floor, and it will slow down their eating, too.
Comes in a variety of sizes $10.64-12.75
What’s better than a ball? A ball that’s also a treat dispenser. Fill the Tricky Treat Ball with your dog’s favorite kibble and watch them roll it all around.
If you’re looking for more of a traditional bowl, the slow feed dog bowl might be the best thing to slow your dog’s eating down. Its design keeps your dog from gulping big mouthfuls of food, and it lets them have fun doing it.
Variety of colors- $9.98-11.99
Slowing down your record-breaking speed eater is important for your dog’s health. By monitoring mealtimes, and providing your dog with a slower way to eat, you can keep them healthy, happy and well fed.