Slow Feed Dog Bowls
Does your Sheltie eat too fast? Does he suffer bloating and hiccups after meals? Slow down Mr Gobble Guts with a slow feed dog bowl.
When our Sheltie, Howard, was just a little puppy he used to graze on his kibble all day long.
But as soon as we got Piper, the competition was on! Imagine our surprise when we fed the dogs that first night. What ensued was a 20-second frenzy of snarfing and gobbling, followed by hiccups, burps and bloating.
Gross! But having a dog that eats too fast is more than a passing annoyance. Your dog will also suffer from:
- Bloating - by vacuuming up his food, your Sheltie also swallows a lot of air, which causes stomach bloating and hiccups.
- Digestion - by swallowing without chewing, your Sheltie is missing out on the first stage in the digestive process and is more likely to regurgitate or vomit.
- Dissatisfaction - by eating too quickly, your dog has less time to enjoy his food and likely feels unsatisfied afterwards.
Slow Feed Bowls
Slow feed bowls were originally created by vets for sick and obese dogs. They promotes slower eating to prevent bloat, regurgitation, overeating and obesity.
Slow feeders work by making it physically impossible for your dog to wolf down his food. The maze and spiral designs mean your dog has to eat around the obstacles, prompting him to pause and chew more frequently.
Now it takes Howard and Piper several minutes to eat the same quantity of food from a slow feed bowl. Meal times are still very much focused affairs, but it's no longer a race to see who can finish first and start pilfering the other's food.
I make sure I put their bowls down at least a few meters apart, preferably out of each other's eyesight, so they can worry less about resource guarding and more about their delicious stinky kibble.
There's a bunch of slow feed bowl designs to choose from. I recommend the Outward Hound.