Bloat Prevention Idea - Slow Eating

My dog has always been a fast eater.  One really bad thing that can happen is the dog can get some sort of disease known as BLOAT.  Apparently its a very bad thing and your dog dies.  As a result I have been trying to get him to slow down when he eats because eating fast can actually cause this bad thing to happen.  After trying many different things, here is what finally worked.

Mix in wet food with dry food.  Stir until its a consistency of cookie dough.  Mash it down into the bowl.

This makes it very hard for him to just "wolf" it down.   I think in total it added about 4 minutes till the time is all the way gone.

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GothamPups

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Reply To: decafdog

Another trick is to get a special bowl, or even super glue a tennis ball down to your regular bowl.  Making the dog eat around the obstruction can slow the eating significantly.  It also helps with flatulence

But the thing that I know to be best for your dog if you are worried about bloat is to hold off on activity for a while after eating.  Give that food a chance to move out of the stomach and into the intestines.  This will help more than anything I believe.

Charlie Allen
Gotham Pups

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Dooley

In Dogs

Reply To: decafdog

Yes you can prevent this. You could put his food in a kong or get something to super glue to your dogs bowl to make an obstacle for your dog. Yes you could mash it up with water, thats generally used for puppies. You could try giving your dog little amounts of food at a time and wait for your dog to finish before giving the rest of the food. ALWAYS wait for digger dogs at least 30-45 minutes after eating BEFORE exercising, sometimes with larger breeds the dogs stomach can bloat from exercising straight after eating, and with some BIG dogs their stomach can twist and turn from exercising straight after eating, because some bigs dogs stomachs are not connected to their rib cage so with food in the tummy it makes it heavier and MORE likely to bounce around and twist. - good luck, PAWS UP!

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Dooley

In Dogs

Reply To: Dooley

Sorry I meant ALWAYS wait for bigger not digger dogs!

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CathyatPetcurean

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Reply To: decafdog

Just new to this forum, wondering if you were able to slow down your dog while eating?  There are great dog dishes out right now that slow down your dog from wolfing down his food using large bumps throughout the dish that separates the kibble that ensure that he has to work at getting his food.  Great for your type of dog.  And I ensure that my border collies never work or just hike or run right after they eat.  At least 1 1/2 hours before any exercise.

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