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Q: Notched Dog Bowl?

October 12, 2011 | By Poppy W. | 2 answers | Expired: 999 days ago

Poppy W.

My dog Benny gets fed on a regular schedule, but she eats very fast and never seems to even taste her food, so she's always hungry afterwards. I was watching her eat one day and I realized what she was doing. She was swallowing in huge gulps and just throwing her head, making a choking sound. So I recently bought a bowl with knobs sticking up that's supposed to help her eat slower. Do these bowls really work? Thanks!

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Kelly
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Oct 12, 2011

There are several versions of this kind of bowl and some work better than others. There are some that have 3 posts that stick up to the height of the bowl that your dog has to eat around. It definitely slows them down. I think it's called the Eat Slow Bowl or something similar to that. There are others that just barely have any kind of obstruction in the bowl. Those aren't going to slow your dog down while they're eating. But, yes, a well-designed bowl of the correct size for your dog will slow your dog down.

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Jillian
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Oct 13, 2011

The only way to know for sure is to watch her eat from it. Dogs are carnivores and have no need to chew more than a couple of times, sometimes forgoing chewing altogether. And that's fine. Their saliva doesn't break down the food like herbivores {and humans} does, eliminating the need for much chewing at all.

One trick is to put a rubber ball in the dish to force them to eat around it. The bigger the dog, the larger the ball should be. This is an easy way to increase the power of the dish you bought if it's not working to your liking.

B/c Benny appears to be overweight, you may also consider an interactive treat dispenser. One that you can fill with a meals worth of kibble that makes the dog work for each morsel. It extends meal time to 10-20 minutes and the dogs actually enjoy it once they understand how to use it. They not only force the dog to slow down and work for their food, they stimulate their minds and create a game out of it.

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