Slow Feeders for Dogs – An Overview

by Feb 12, 2019Dog Health, Dogs, Feeding0 comments

Slow feeders for dogs, also referred to as “fun feeders” are very popular right now for good reason. Read on to learn the purpose of these unique bowls and how they help pet owners everywhere.

What are slow feeders for dogs?

Some dogs have the tendency to gulp down their food – they seem to inhale it! The purpose of a slow feeder is to create obstructions to force your pup to slow down. They come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. Think of them as maze your dog must work for to get their food.

What benefits do slow feeders provide?

Slow feeders are intended to reduce the chance of gulp related conditions such as choking and bloat (particularly in susceptible breeds such as the deep chested Boxer, German Shepherd, Great Dane, etc.). I got my crews’ dishes from Amazon. To keep things interesting I switch them up so they don’t “master” their usual dish!

Slow feeders may also provide mental enrichment for your dog. Changes in their normal routine make them think. Going from an easy-to-eat-from, normal bowl to one that needs some serious tongue action will certainly change things up!

What else can you do to slow your dog down?

Don’t want to spend the money? No problem. Slow down your dog by putting a big old rock in the middle of their dish. It might not look as nice in your kitchen but it can have the same effect!

Adding water to your dog’s food can also slow your dog down. Prior to making this change to your dog’s diet, discuss potential changes with your veterinarian. There are people that believe there are benefits to soaking food whereas others argue it may lead to excess dental plaque.

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