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Slow down – don’t you know feeding is fun too? Dogs who eat very quickly need to eat their meals slowly with this adjustable and tough food bowl.
Does the dog slaughter his food as soon as you put it in front of him? Does he act like he’s never been eaten before – he’s starving and begging you to eat minutes after you give him his dinner? Many dog owners know their dogs sniff their food, but don’t realize that this can turn into a health hazard. To prevent your dog from eating too quickly, consider switching to a slow feeder such as the Outward Hound Slo-Bowl, part of the company’s Fun Print products.
The dangers of eating too fast
When a dog eats quickly he doesn’t give his body time to catch up – he whines about his food but still feels hungry so he demands more food. If you succumb to his begging, it can lead to overfeeding, which puts your dog at risk for weight gain and obesity. A more serious risk associated with fast feeding is the potential for bloat, or gastric distension. If your dog eats too quickly, he may end up swallowing a lot of air while eating. This air can build up in your dog’s belly, causing bloating and flatulence. In severe cases, your dog’s stomach may actually twist on its axis, cutting off the blood supply to the stomach and other vital organs. If not treated immediately, this condition can become fatal. Bloat is most common in large, deep-chested breeds, but it is dangerous for all dogs.
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Bold and beautiful interactive feed
If you find that your dog is eating too fast, there are several tricks you can try to slow him down. For one thing, you can choose to only feed your dog small portions at a time, spacing his meals throughout the day rather than feeding him all at once. If you don’t have time to feed your dog multiple meals throughout the day, you may want to consider another option – a food bowl that forces your dog to eat more slowly. That’s the idea from the Outdoor Hound’s Slo-Bowl, from the Fun Feeder line.
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The Slo-Bowl is designed to extend your dog’s feeding time by 10 times. Featuring countless dips and hills, the dog needs to think about eating by hopping to consume the food. By forcing your dog to slow down when he’s eating, this slow feeder can significantly reduce your dog’s risk of bloating, as well as improve digestion (which means less stinky dogs!). The fun feeder features a slip-resistant base to keep it from sliding around on the floor where your dog eats (less food spills), and it’s made of heavy-duty BPA-free materials that are dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. This slow cooker comes in three different colors and two sizes – the small bowl has a capacity of 2 cups, and the regular saucer has a capacity of 4 cups. Bowling ranges from $14.99 to $29.99.
Remember when your mom told you not to play with your food? Well, forget that tip! Let Your Dog Have Lots of Fun While Trying to Clean Up His Bowl – Outdoor Hound – Slo-Bowl is the dish that does the best.