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How to Stop a Dog From Eating Too Fast: Tips to Prevent Bloat

Betsy Wetsy ate too fast and doesn't feel well.  She's laying on a heating pad.
Betsy Wetsy ate too fast and doesn't feel well. She's laying on a heating pad. | Source

Did you know that when a dog eats too fast, it can cause a life threatening condition called Bloat?

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Does Your Dog Gulp Down Food? Why Some Dogs Eat Too Fast

Does it appear that your dog is inhaling his or her food without chewing it first? Does he or she eat as if they've been starving and haven’t eaten in days? This is more common that you may think, but it isn’t healthy and should be stopped. There are many ideas you can try, but first, let’s understand why this happens.

Ancestry

Have you ever heard the saying “wolfing down food?” The primary ancestry of domestic dogs is the wolf. Wolves in the wild typically do not get to eat every day depending on what prey is available. Therefore, they may go many days without eating and when they do have food, they gorge themselves or what we may call “wolf it down.” They do not know when they will be able to eat again, so they take this opportunity to digest as must as possible. It is believed that some domesticated dogs still base their eating habits on this premise.

Past History

Many dogs have a history of being starved and malnourished. You may not be aware of this history, especially if you rescue a dog from the shelter. They may be extremely possessive over their food and feel the need to eat fast because they are afraid of starvation.

Multi-Animal Home

Just as with human families, rivalry may be an issue. Many dogs feel they need to eat fast to compete against other dogs and animals in the house, making sure others do not have access to “their” food. They believe the easiest way for them to keep their food safe is to eat it quickly.

What Happens When a Dog Eats Too Fast . . .

. . . and Why You Must Break This Habit!

Stopping your dog from eating too fast can be a challenge. Yet, this can lead to health problems which should be a big cause for concern. Not only can your dog easily choke and vomit, they can develop a life threatening condition called bloat.

Bloat

When a dog swallows too much air while eating fast, this causes their stomach to swell and rotate which in turn puts pressure on other organs in the body. Air, water and food become trapped in the stomach. Bloat can quickly become life threatening because it can lead to the blood flow being cut off causing low blood pressure, internal organ damage and shock.

The main symptom of bloat in dogs is unsuccessful vomiting. Your dog attempts to vomit but nothing comes up except maybe some mucous and/or foam. Among other symptoms, they won’t be acting like their usual self, may be anxious and appear in pain.

Bloat is extremely serious and can cause death in a very short time (less than an hour). Immediate emergency medical treatment is necessary.

Dental Problems

The texture and shape of dog food is helpful in removing plaque and tartar on their teeth. When the dog swallows the food rather than chewing thoroughly, this benefit is nonexistent and can lead to future dental issues.

Choking

Choking can also be life threatening, especially if the dog is unable to cough up the food.

Vomiting and Regurgitating

When the stomach cannot handle so much food at once, it will be regurgitated before it has been digested. If the food is digested to the stomach quickly, this may cause stomach contractions followed by vomiting. Neither is pleasant to the dog and could harm organs such as the esophagus.

Breaking the Habit of Your Dog Eating Too Fast

Many dog owners think the problem of eating too fast will just go away and fix itself. The truth is that it may even get worse without intervention. The good news is there are remedies that work.

Hand feeding allows you to monitor intake!  This is Shadow showing how it's done.
Hand feeding allows you to monitor intake! This is Shadow showing how it's done. | Source

Give Your Dog a Hand

Literally! Allowing your dog to eat a few pieces of food at a time from your hand will certainly slow down their eating. This may also help a preconceived notion that he has to eat fast before it is all gone.

Just make sure they are not the type of dog that may want to eat your hand!


It is more difficult to eat fast when the kibble is floating in a little water.
It is more difficult to eat fast when the kibble is floating in a little water. | Source

Floating Kibble

Simply pour a small cup of water in the food dish then add the food. The floating food is more difficult to “catch” and will slow down the eating process. In addition, this will help release gases that are formed when the food is compacted. You could also add ice cubes to the food.


Turn a standard dog dish upside down.
Turn a standard dog dish upside down. | Source
Use a Bundt cake pan.
Use a Bundt cake pan. | Source

Upside Down

Turn a standard stainless steel dog food dish upside down. OR use a Bundt cake pan. The food will be distributed around the ring and keep moving around taking much longer to eat.


Use a clean, heavy rock.
Use a clean, heavy rock. | Source

Rock in the Way

Place a large (washed) rock in the center of the food dish forcing the dog to work harder to get to the food. Be sure the rock is too large for them to pick up and try to eat.


Use a softball.
Use a softball. | Source

Softball Anyone?

For smaller dogs with smaller mouths, a softball can be placed in the center of their food dish. Note: this will not work with larger dogs that can simply take the ball out.


Use compartments in a small muffin pan.
Use compartments in a small muffin pan. | Source
Spread food out on a large cookie sheet.
Spread food out on a large cookie sheet. | Source

My Little Muffin

Spread the dog’s normal amount of food throughout the compartments of a muffin pan. OR use a large flat pan such as a cookie sheet to spread the food around. It will definitely take them longer to eat.


SnowBear, Buttons and Betsy waiting for their dinner.  It's best to feed multiple animals away from each other.
SnowBear, Buttons and Betsy waiting for their dinner. It's best to feed multiple animals away from each other. | Source

Sibling Rivalry

As mentioned above, some dogs have a competitive nature when eating near other animals. To help them not feel as though someone else is going to get their food, separate the animals when eating into different corners of the room or in different rooms.


Occasionally change feeding times.
Occasionally change feeding times. | Source

What’s On Their Agenda?

If your dog is eating too fast and they are familiar with a certain feeding schedule, change the agenda so the time they eat is not expected. It is best to feed dogs the proper amount of food for their size and breed at least twice a day. Those that eat only once a day are more likely to wolf their food down.


Treat Ball

A dog treat ball can be filled with food, not just treats. Using a treat ball will not only slow down eating, it will provide entertainment and potentially help stop other destructive behavior such as chewing on furniture, digging, etc.


The Importance of Stopping Your Dog From Eating Too Fast

The information in this article is not intended to replace medical advice. If you are unsure about what is going on with your dog, please speak with your veterinarian.

In the meantime, if your dog is eating too fast, it can potentially lead to life threatening complications. I hope you find the above recommendations helpful.

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Shadow is a slow eater (unless it's human food like steak).
Shadow is a slow eater (unless it's human food like steak). | Source

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I had no idea wolfing down their food was that bad for them. Thank you for writing this. I wonder if it applies to husbands too...hm... Voted up and more. :)


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

This hub contains some wonderful suggestions for slowing a dog down when he or she is eating! I've always been concerned about preventing bloat in the dogs that have been part of my family, because it's such a serious disorder. You've given some great advice to help dog owners prevent bloat in their pets. I love the photos, too!


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ytsenoh 4 years ago from Louisiana, Idaho, Kauai, Nebraska, South Dakota, Missouri

Wow, this hub was so interesting, I'm sharing. Thumbs up and thanks much. Your examples by images were fabulous.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello TToombs ~ Wow, you were quick. Thanks for being the first to stop by. Yes, if a dog gets bloat, it can be fatal and that is really scary. As far as husbands, well, umm, you decide, ha. But I do believe that humans eating too fast could be a problem too :) I appreciate your feedback.

Sharyn


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

We only had one dog that used to wolf her food down, we thought it was just because she was part husky. Good to know there's a way to stop it. If we're every lucky enough to get a dog again, I will be keeping this hub in mind. :) Great job.


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anusujith 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

Nice hub... Useful pictures and it summarize the objective of hub... Thanks for the write...


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh I did NOT know about that and Gizmo loves to wold food down. I do give the dogs table scraps - but only after I'm done cleaning the dinner dishes up, and I've actually been telling Gizzy - "No - easy!" and I show him how the other dogs are gentle - then I give him his treat. If he starts to go crazy - I close my hand until he calms.I know he understands me now too - he has been doing so good!

I am glad now I am working with him - I didn't know it was bad for his health - he would just steal the other dogs food right after he sucked his own down! Lol.

Excellent hub! Now I'm going to keep working with Gizmo until he slows all the time!


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Sharyn...Hi there! I get the sneaking suspician you are a fellow-dog-lover? Woof Woof!!

Wonderful suggestions here to keep our 4-legged darlings from gulping down their dinner!! I never had this issue until my 2 current babies...both male, same, age, completely different breeds. For the 3 years I've been their Mom, they have had a love-hate relationship. They constantly vie for the Alpha position....but it's really funny, because it's for different reasons.

They don't seem to fight over dinner......at least they have SOME manners!! Taz always finishes before Toby...but doesn't try to eat his brother's dinner......even if Toby walks away from it.

One more thing......Do you have any tips on keeping humans from cramming down too much food, too often?? huh?? UP ++


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Arren123 4 years ago from UK

very interesting, I had one dog which would eat like there was no tomorrow and we never could understand why, lived tot he age of 11. Thanks for sharing :)


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Alicia ~ I'm glad you know about bloat and realize how serious it can be. Thank you so much for your feedback. Glad you liked the photos too :) Take care,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Honesty ~ Thank you so much for such positive feedback. I'm glad you liked the photos too! I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi TToombs ~ Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. I appreciate your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello anusujith ~ Thank you so much for your positive feedback. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Sharyn


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

lovely advice here for dog owners, and I will make sure to reference from its usage once I choose to purchase a dog in the near future Sharon. I love how you show cased the imagery here, and the spacing is fabulous for your hub.

Awesome stuff here voted up and out, and I'm loving the last dog image the most, he's cute!

Voted up and definitely out of here on many of my sharing networks, nice hub indeed.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Kelly ~ Yes, keep an eye on Gizmo when he eats and try to get him to slow down. But, please know that bloat usually occurs in larger dogs who are "deep chested." Yet either way, even if your dogs are small like yours, it isn't good for their digestive system. I appreciate your feedback, thank you!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Paula ~ Yes, I am a dog and cat lover :) So you're kids have "issues" (ha) but not over food - which is good. Now, as far as the human issue, I believe you should try the muffin pan suggestion OR the floating food option. Either of these should help slow down a human's consumption significantly. Let me know how it goes please :) Thank you dear for your fun feedback!

Sharyn


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Wonderful ideas! The history of the wolf and of the dogs that have been starving makes so much sense. They would eat fast in order to keep it to themselves and away from other dogs. My two doxies can be this way. Separating them is a good idea, and placing something in the middle of their bowl would help, too.

Very useful information. I love your pictures. Your dogs are beautiful.

A Great Hub! Votes and shares!


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

Very interesting article. I have seen dogs that ate to fast, though I have never owned one that did. I kept food down all the time for my dogs and this kept them from feeling like they had to wolf it all down at once. My German Shepherd used to be very lazy though. She would lay down beside her bowl and nibble contentedly. Always made me chuckle since she was the only dog that I've ever had that would lay down to eat her food.


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Literary Geisha 4 years ago from Philippines

great tips! just recently i had the scare of my life when my dog started choking after a meal. she always had the habit of eating too fast, i never thought it would actually do her harm. looks like i'll need to wean her from that bad habit.

learned some dog psychology today. thanks!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I never realized that there were so many different types of bowls you could buy for dogs that eat too fast. I like all the creative ways you show in your pictures rather than buying one of these bowls.

My dogs are complete opposites. Bruce will wolf back his food, while Maggie eats like a lady, but usually eats lying down.

Very useful and informative article. Love the pictures of your dogs.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Arren123 ~ I'm glad to hear that your dog, who ate too fast, lived to be 11. That's great and lucky that he did not have complications. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Mike ~ I'm so glad you found this advice useful for when you purchase a dog in the near future. Shadow, the black and white dog, is my Dad's dog. He's a cutie. Thanks so much for your great feedback. Take care,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hey Susan H. ~ Thanks so much for your feedback. I hope some of these ideas do help with your "kids." I'm sad to say that the two Golden's and Poodle are no longer with us. They had great lives though. And they are always in my heart and I love sharing their pictures. The black and white dog is my Dad's buddy Shadow. I appreciate your comments, thank you!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Cathleena Beams ~ It's great to meet you. I do know people that leave food down all the time for their dogs. I was always told that dogs are not "grazers" and therefore should have specific feedings. I guess it's a personal preference and whatever works for you. If your dog only eats when he is hungry, then that should be fine. It's funny that you mentioned "laying down to eat." The black dog in my photos, Shadow, does that. It's actually very cute to watch. Thank you so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Literary Geisha ~ OMG, what a scare you had when you dog was choking! I do hope you are able to use these tips to stop her from eating too fast. Good luck and thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Love this hub and all your pictures! Especially the baseball in the middle one!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hiya Susan Z ~ It does appear that the bowls you can buy now to help this problem would work. But, as you said, there are creative ways using things you already have at home instead of spending the money. I think it's funny that your dogs are both opposite. Maggie probably eats like a lady but somehow is intimidating Bruce, making him eat fast. And she knows it and is laughing inside, ha. But seriously, Bruce is a really big dog so I would really try to get him to slow down since the complications are seen more in larger dogs. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi GoodLady ~ so glad you liked this. The baseball definitely works for smaller dogs :) Thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn


kelleyward 4 years ago

I love the layout you have there and the pictures are so helpful. thanks for sharing these ideas. We are planning to get a puppy soon so now I understand more about the potential eating behaviors I should look out for. Thanks! Voted up and shared! kelley


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelley ~ I'm so glad you found the tips helpful. I look forward to seeing pictures when you get your new puppy. Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn


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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

Whoa! I didn't know that this was actually a phenomenon! My dog doesn't eat that fast, but I had no idea it was an actual issue for dog owners. Thanks for the information - I'm now aware and will pass this on. Great tips for slowing down the eating process, too!


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Relationshipc 4 years ago from Alberta, Canada

Very interesting. I had never heard of that. I live in a multi-dog house and we keep them separated so no fights starts; however, I have noticed that when one goes to 'grandmas' he eats a lot slower, so there still must be a need to gulp his food down.


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Natashalh 4 years ago from Hawaii

I love your creative ideas. My girl sometimes eats to fast and obviously feels ick as a result. My boy, though, he just plods through his food, and he'll stop eating when he's full. Strange beast, that one.


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

My dog likes to gobble his food pretty fast. Sometimes he makes coughing noises when he does that. Great hub!


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tipstoretireearly 4 years ago from New York

Very good advice that will hopefully save the lives of some dogs. I think another factor in causing bloat is exercise. Its best to avoid exercising your dog both before and especially after eating. We always give our dog some time to enjoy her breakfast and dinner before her walk.


BethDW 4 years ago

Great hub! I have a lab and a beagle/shih-tzu cross, and while the little one tends to just pick away at her food, my lab mix 'wolfs' it down like she hasn't seen a kibble in weeks! This problem has become worse recently, as we've switched her food (due to some allergies she's developed) to a tastier blend, and now she LOVES her dinner so much she barely stops to take a breath! She's been much more bloated and gassy lately as a result, to the extent that she will actually growl if you give her too vigorous a belly rub! This hub is a life saver, and I'll definitely be trying some of these tricks to slow down her eating!


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Motherbynature 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Im glad I found this. My dog inhales his food so I scatter it around the pavement outside. He has to hunt and nibble. I have heard of bloat but never knew what caused it. Voted up. Great hub.


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Cyndi ~ Yes, this is a real issue for pet owners since dogs can get extremely sick from eating to fast. Thank you so much for passing on this important information.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Relationshipc ~ great to meet you. It sounds like your one dog feels the need to eat fast from fear of another dog getting to it. Especially since the eating slows down when he is in a different environment. I hope you found these tips useful. Thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Natashalh ~ I'm so glad you like these ideas. I hope you find them useful for your dogs. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello nanderson500 ~ sounds like you need to try some of these tips right away. Coughing noises when your dog eats too fast is not a good sign. Thanks for stopping by. Best wishes!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello tipstoretireearly ~ thank you so much for the follow. I do hope my advice helps save lives. And I agree about the exercise. Sounds like you have the timing down perfect. I hope others follow your advice as well. Thanks so much for your feedback!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi BethDW ~ oh WOW! I am so thrilled you found this hub considering you are seeing some negative signs in your lab from eating too fast. Since labs are bigger dogs, they have more of a chance of developing bloat. Gosh, please do try some of these tips to get her to slow down and let me know what works best for you. Thanks for your feedback and good luck!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hello Motherbynature ~ great to meet you. Scattering food on the ground is a good idea. It will definitely take your dog longer to eat. Personally, I would worry about ants or other bugs though. I hope you give some of these other tips a try. Thanks so much for stopping by!

Sharyn


kelleyward 3 years ago

Thanks for the tips Sharon! I'm going to try some with my puppy who eats way too fast! Shared and voted up and useful. Kelley


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emilybee 3 years ago

What great tips and advice! My fiancés dog never was really trained :( one major problem is her eating too fast. We even try feeding her from her hands and this can be dangerous and we nearly lose fingers sometimes. And she is a small dog, too. I like the muffin pan idea, though, thanks for the tips!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Kelley ~ I'm confident you will find some of these tips helpful for your puppy. Good luck. Thanks for the votes and shares!

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Emily ~ Yes, hand feeding can be dangerous if the dog is aggressive. I'm glad you like the muffin pan idea. Try it and let me know how it works for you. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Nature by Dawn 3 years ago

Great tips! I recently put a cup in the center of my dogs' bowls in order to force them to slow down. BTW, Your dog Shadow has nearly the same coloring as my dog Pierson. If Shadow's ears were erect, they would probably look like brothers!


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Karen Ellis 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Great advise. I've heard of turning the dog-dish upside down, so the dog has to work harder to get the food. These tips are so important for the larger dogs, that eat too fast, and are prone to bloat. Excellent article.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Dawn ~ A cup in the middle of the bowl would work too, as long as it is heavy enough not to be shoved out. I bet Pierson is an awesome dog. I love Shadow's coloring, I call him our lil skunk, ha. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Karen ~ thanks so much for your feedback and compliments. Yes, turning the dog dish upside down is a quick and inexpensive way to help slow down their eating. Bloat is dangerous and can be avoided. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn


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twig22bend 3 years ago

Thanks for sharing. My pup has this problem. I will try out some of the things that you mentioned.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Twig ~ Dogs eating too fast can be a dangerous problem. So I truly hope that these suggestions help your dog to slow down. Thank you so much for stopping by.

Sharyn


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Great hub. We have three retrievers and bloat is one of the things I'm terrified of due to the severity of it. We've been lucky so far! What we do is split their feeding, so for example, in the morning if they are to get one cup of food, we give them half a cup, wait until they finish it and give another half. Like you had stated, one of ours kept vomiting because he was eating too fast- splitting up the feedings has helped. I like the idea of the ball in the food too. I've heard of that (haven't done that yet). Thanks for writing this!


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alexadry 3 years ago from USA

A great read, I have two rotts and this breed is predisposed to bloat. This is an awful condition, that can turn deadly fast. Voted up!


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi epbooks ~ sorry it's taken me so long to respond. Definitely, bloat is prevalent in retrievers. Splitting up the feedings is a great idea if you have the time to do that. I appreciate your feedback, thank you so much!

Hi alexadry ~ Just like rotts, large breed dogs are more prone to bloat. It really is an awful condition but one that can hopefully be easily remedied. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn


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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

No need to apologize at all! This was a great hub!


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emshappyk9s 3 years ago from Clovis CA

well written. Thanks.


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Sharyn's Slant 3 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi emshappyk9s ~ thank you, I appreciate your stopping by!


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PegCole17 19 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Important facts to know with all the dog owners out there. I loved the examples of how to slow down their eating, especially the muffin tin. Sometimes we assume this is natural behavior for a dog to eat fast. You've covered the serious consequences of this eating disorder.

We've noticed this behavior in strays we find that have been on their own for a while. Our Cookie, a former street dog who is about to turn fifteen, started out trying to eat so fast that all the food flew out of the bowl as she jammed her nose into it. It took her a few weeks of observing our other three dogs to realize that no one was going to try to take her food away.


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mary615 19 months ago from Florida

I have a friend who lost her Great Dane to bloat. You did an excellent job in writing about this problem, and your photos are really great, too.

Voted this UP, and shared.


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Sharyn's Slant 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Peg ~ thank you so much for your awesome comment. Dogs that are taken in from the streets/rescued will often eat way too fast because they are used to "fighting" for their food. I'm really glad that Cookie was able to learn from her other siblings. That's great! Thanks for your feedback,

Sharyn


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Sharyn's Slant 19 months ago from Northeast Ohio USA Author

Hi Mary ~ So sad about your friend's Great Dane. Bloat is very common in larger dogs unfortunately. I hear now that when young dogs are getting fixed, vets will also do the stomach stapling (not sure what they call it) at the same time in dogs that are prone to bloat. Thanks for your comments and sharing too!

Sharyn

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