Why is it harmful that my dog eats too fast?
There are some minor reasons to do whatever you can to avoid having your dog gulp his food. Things like choking, gagging, and even vomiting after gulping too much food, and/or air.
But what about the more serious side of things? There is a medical term (Gastric Dilatation-volvulus) also known as GDV. What causes GDV is rapid eating and gulping food, which will lead to air, fluid and food filling the dog's stomach. This can make the stomach expand, sometimes causing it to twist around its axis, thus making it impossible for anything to pass through the dogs stomach and intestines. If that happens, you're in real trouble...
While there are different things which can cause GDV, food is our number one focus today.
When I discovered the slow feeder bowl, I can't even begin to tell you how thrilled I was, but at the same time, I was a skeptic as well. I figured he would still find a way to gulp his food, but I was definitely willing to try!
Low and behold... IT WORKED! But it didn't just work, it completely changed the way he eats! He is actually chewing his food, and his whole body is much more relaxed, sometimes to the point of him actually laying down while he eats. While I do not think laying down on the job is the way for him to go about eating his dinner, I am extremely happy to see him feeling relaxed and comfortable while he eats.
Alternatively, if you are unable to purchase a slow feeder bowl, but still need help with your dogs fast eating habits, try adding 2 or 3 baseballs (or tennis balls) to your dogs bowl while he eats.
Need help with your dogs fast eating habits? Try adding 2 or 3 baseballs (or tennis balls) to your dogs bowl while he eats.— Jenna Drady (@HuskyCrazed) September 15, 2015