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Q: My dogs gulp their food without chewing, how can i stop this?

September 4, 2009 | By Tracy T. | 5 answers | Expired: 1798 days ago

Tracy T.

My 2 year old dog Charlie and my 1 year old dog Dojah who are both border collie/ blue heeler mixes, gulp their food so fast that they never chew it! I am worried because they need their dog food to scrape their teeth, and I every time i try to brush their teeth, i don't feel like im getting any benefit. I now put water in Charlie's food bowl because he doesn't drink enough water during the day, so now he just gulps and swallows water & food alike. Can someone help me??

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Anonymous

Sep 05, 2009

They sell special bowl just for this. Try the major pet stores , catalogs, or online. They are specially molded with raised areas the dogs have to eat around, slowing them down so they won't inhale their food.

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Sep 05, 2009

I've heard to but a tennis ball or a small bowl inside the food bowl, they will get in the way and make them eat slower, but don't count on it I have a Black Lab & when I tried it I thought she would end up eating the small bowl, she's 12 & fine.

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Anonymous

Sep 05, 2009

Eating food too fast can be dangerous and can cause life threatening problems like bloat. There are special food bowls for dogs that eat too fast. The bowls have three "pillar" like objects or objects fastened to the bottom that make the dogs eat around them and that makes it harder for the dog to gulp down the food. You can find these bowls on: www.eatslowerpetdishes.com, www.dogpause.com, and www.dapperpetstore.com. Also if your dogs are eating together you might want to give them separate food dishes so that they won't feel like they need to fight for their food. Good Luck!

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deb

Sep 04, 2009

Are you feeding them together. They are probably trying to eat as fast as they can go the other won't eat their food. I feed my Border Collies in separate rooms so there is not contest and they can eat as slow or as fast as they want

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Anonymous

Sep 04, 2009

Maybe they aren't getting enough food and they are starving?! Make sure you are feeding them the amount they should be getting and do you feed then once or twice a day?
Bigger dogs should be fed two times a day.
Also what kind of food are you feeding?
If something cheap and full of grains and no meat content - they are staying hungry.

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