Does your dog eat fast? Have you tried everything to slow her down without success? Here’s some additional tips to help you remedy the problem.
This habit might not strike you as a problem. But the truth is, dogs that eat fast are at higher risk of nausea and vomiting, as well as stomach torsion. Here’s a few things to try:
1. Feed in stages
A short term option would be to feed a meal in three parts. Put down 1/3 of the food and let her wolf it. If there’s no sign of stomach discomfort, wait 15 minutes (you experiment with the length of time needed), then put down the second, then the third part.
2. Slow feed bowls
There are also various devices that help slow down eating, but you have to find what works for your dog. I’ve had success with these bowls.
3. Better nutrition
I have had some dogs who just could not get the nutrition they needed from a processed food diet (even a high quality one) so they were constantly hungry and ate super fast. Once they were switched to a raw meaty bone diet, they eventually calmed down and ate normally. Some dogs might continue to eat fast on the raw meat diet, but it’s worth a shot.
4. Clicker training
Clicker training could also be used for this issue. Try it out and see if it’s the right training option for you and your dog.
TTouch can help decrease some of the anxiety that may be occurring prior to meal times, as well as decrease nausea afterwards.
In addition to the temporary suggestions above, work with an integrative veterinarian to build the very best health for your dog!