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Lwilley 02-08-2014 07:42 AM

Puppy inhaling food
 
Our 8 week old puppy is inhaling her food, barely stopping to chew. A couple of time has even thrown up because she ate to fast. We use a slow feed bowl and she get 3/4 cup in morning and evening and 1/2 cup midday. She is so frenzied to get to her food we can barely contain her when it is time to eat. I have had 3 other GSD and they did not act like this

How do we get het to slow down when eating. I am concern of bloat in later years if she keeps eating like this.

Thank you for all advice.

stmcfred 02-08-2014 07:55 AM

Have you tried a Bob-a-lot?
It'll give her mental stimulation as well as slow down her eating.

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llombardo 02-08-2014 09:23 AM

Something like this would work Pet Supplies - Pet Products - Pet Food | Petco.com. I seen different ones at the actual store yesterday , I forget what they were called, but they looked cool.

Shade 02-08-2014 09:28 AM

Delgado was a gulper, I found adding warm water to the kibble slowed him down.

MaggieRoseLee 02-08-2014 10:05 AM

I also water down my puppies food to slow them down. YOu can also put large items in the bowl (clean rocks, LARGE so they can't swallow them).

They sell bowls to help with this

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Lwilley 02-08-2014 11:10 AM

Thank you so much for the advice! I have ordered the bowls!:)

TinkerinWstuff 02-08-2014 12:25 PM

We used water and softened the food with our corgi who did the same. We would also scatter her food across the front porch forcing her to seek out one kibble at a time.

The bummer with her lack of chewing was that she required far more dental care and she twice got, I forget the correct term, inhalation pneumonia. She inhaled a kibble that got infected. Our vet recommended that when feeding from a bowl, that the dish was elevated off the ground so the dogs head was level with her back instead of down by her knees.

The benefit is she was an easy trainer with food reward and our toddler was never able to hit the floor from his high chair with food.

mydogs 02-08-2014 12:32 PM

How much are you feeding her? She may need more food?


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TinkerinWstuff 02-08-2014 01:59 PM

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Originally Posted by mydogs (Post 4988178)
How much are you feeding her? She may need more food?


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Logical question. My corgi could have inhaled half a bag of food, puked it up, and then re-ate it again. That's the truth. :)

middleofnowhere 02-08-2014 02:06 PM

For my 4 legged vacuum, I scatter the food across the bottom of her crate. She at least needs to move a bit to get it.
I have a buster cube and a ball that is a takeoff on it. I think I'll try one of those. Unfortunately, I know what I'll hear (bang, bang, rattle, bang, bang, rattle long past when it is empty.)


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