Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Diseases, proactive care, geriatric issues, etc.

Moderator: Moderator Pack

Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby mboss » Tue Aug 11, 2015 1:44 pm

Hi. I am having issues with my dog eating too fast. He's almost 10 months old. I have already tried two different bowls designed to slow him down eating, they don't work. Feeding him 4 smaller meals over the day is not feasible because I work. I tried the tennis ball in the bowl and did not work. He's eating so fast he's literally sputtering and gagging every other meal, and this is with the "special" bowls. He leaves for hunting training for 2 months in just a couple of weeks and I am really worried with that activity he's going to get bloat. How can I fix this?
mboss
Started
Started
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:17 am

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby Doc E » Tue Aug 11, 2015 8:29 pm

Have you tried "floating" the food ?

Have you tried putting the food on a cookie sheet ?

.
Last edited by Doc E on Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:26 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Doc E
HR UH MHR WR SR Casey RIP my friend :(
HRCH HR UH Tucker 1270 HR Ch. points :D
HRCH HR UH Weezle 250 HR Ch. points :)
User avatar
Doc E
Champion Poster
Champion Poster
 
Posts: 2234
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2002 9:19 am
Location: N.E. WA state

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby Chadwick » Tue Aug 11, 2015 9:19 pm

Don't use a bowl. Spread the food out over a large area or the inside of his kennel.
Chadwick
Champion Poster
Champion Poster
 
Posts: 521
Joined: Fri Sep 20, 2013 2:22 pm

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby lanco » Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:43 am

If bolting food like a maniac caused GDV half the labs in the US would die of bloat every year. While I have seen a few dogs torse after guzzling massive quantities of water very rapidly most GDV is in older dogs and likely is due to disturbances of gastric motility. Choking can be a concern but I'm not sure floating the food will alleviate that. mixing in some canned food (reduce the dry accordingly) will make a stickier mass that might slow him down. Feeding from a raised stand may decrease his ability to maneuver the bowl around and thus slow him chasing the stray kibbles. If he approaches every meal like he hasn't eaten in a month dumping dry kibble on the ground could result in increased aerophagia(swallowing air) which is sub optimal if you are worried about GDV. Really though I see a lot of dogs eat as though it were a race and it doesn't generally cause a problem.
lanco
Champion Poster
Champion Poster
 
Posts: 869
Joined: Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:41 am

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby Doc E » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:19 am

lanco wrote: Feeding from a raised stand may decrease his ability to maneuver the bowl around and thus slow him chasing the stray kibbles.


I thought this was a contributing factor for bloat / torsion.

.
Doc E
HR UH MHR WR SR Casey RIP my friend :(
HRCH HR UH Tucker 1270 HR Ch. points :D
HRCH HR UH Weezle 250 HR Ch. points :)
User avatar
Doc E
Champion Poster
Champion Poster
 
Posts: 2234
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2002 9:19 am
Location: N.E. WA state

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby lanco » Wed Aug 12, 2015 10:23 am

There is one paper that suggested that Doc, but data isn't great. Some of the military data seems to suggest that rapid rises in barometric pressure are involved???? Most of these studies are questionable "retrospective" studies. The dogs being fed from elevated bowls prior to GDV due to breed (Danes). I think the best strategy is to try and mix in some canned food so he has to actually grab chunks of the canned/dry mixture instead of ridiculously "vacuuming" up the kibble. The real goal is to limit aerophagia. Again excepting great Danes GDV is a rare event. If one is really concerned you could seek a prophylactic pexy.
lanco
Champion Poster
Champion Poster
 
Posts: 869
Joined: Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:41 am

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby Camspal » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:42 am

Have you tried one of these?
Attachments
slo bowl.jpg
slo bowl.jpg (40.21 KiB) Viewed 3676 times
User avatar
Camspal
Master Poster
Master Poster
 
Posts: 374
Joined: Sun May 08, 2011 1:26 am
Location: NW Colorado

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby lanco » Wed Aug 12, 2015 11:50 am

Ava would just dump that thing out !
lanco
Champion Poster
Champion Poster
 
Posts: 869
Joined: Fri Jun 25, 2010 4:41 am

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby Calvinator » Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:56 pm

I thought my dogs would dump that style of bowl as well, but none of them have done it yet. They don't dump the SS bowls either.
User avatar
Calvinator
Champion Poster
Champion Poster
 
Posts: 1599
Joined: Mon Mar 08, 2004 5:20 pm
Location: Ohio

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby mboss » Tue Aug 18, 2015 7:48 am

Thanks for all the responses. The trainer he's going to suggested tossing some out in the grass for him so I tried that and let him sniff it out and eat. When it's rainy I've used the cookie sheet, slows him down quite a bit and the added benefit of waking up the household by crashing around the kitchen chasing a cookie sheet!

Thanks for the tips on this
mboss
Started
Started
 
Posts: 13
Joined: Sun Aug 02, 2015 10:17 am

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby Lurker » Thu Sep 03, 2015 9:52 am

In a little late on this thread but an upside down muffin pan works great for gulpers.
Lurker
Started
Started
 
Posts: 38
Joined: Sat Apr 03, 2010 8:38 am

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby Birddogs » Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:05 am

The Griph has eaten like its going to be made illegal in 60
Seconds ,all of his ten years . I mentioned it to a big dog vet
He raises and hunts Goldens , his take was ,they mostly all do
that . I put hot water on the Orijen kibble , just to make it
Slippery , a little pumpkin and yogurt .
He mastered the Slo Bowl pretty quickly , it did knock a few
seconds off . I had Labs , great line about the bloat ,
Labs have built in gas release , the Griph might have cut one
2 or 3 times in his whole life , to refined lol .
User avatar
Birddogs
Started
Started
 
Posts: 49
Joined: Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:09 am
Location: CALGARY,ALBERTA

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby fuzznut » Sun Sep 18, 2016 4:26 pm

I too have a dog that eats like it was his last meal. I started with a muffin tin... just a couple of kibbles in each hole. It helped a lot.

Have also used the throw it on the floor method for both dogs that gulp their food, and for picky eaters. Allowing them to hunt for their food seems to make it more interesting for the non eaters,, and surely slows down the gulpers.
fuzznut
Started
Started
 
Posts: 29
Joined: Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:46 am

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby Misskiwi67 » Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:40 pm

This is my favorite topper. It turns the food into a mash. It's pricey so I add a 1/3 cup dry mix (and enough water to soak it al) to their regular kibble as needed.

https://www.chewy.com/sojos-complete-tu ... e/dp/35237
Vivian II vom Jagdkonig- VJP 71 HZP 191 VGP 262 Prize III
Arabella vom Hoheren Boden- VJP 74 HZP 181/189 VGP 281 Prize I
User avatar
Misskiwi67
Champion Poster
Champion Poster
 
Posts: 1808
Joined: Tue Sep 03, 2013 4:04 pm
Location: Iowa

Re: Eating Too Fast, Tried Everything

Postby woodboro » Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:46 pm

Poor mans horse trick , put food in bowl and place a big rock in the bowl ... he'll have to work for it .. and it works.
woodboro
Master Poster
Master Poster
 
Posts: 274
Joined: Wed Apr 13, 2016 2:50 pm


Return to Healthcare

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 7 guests