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Q: Why does my dog not chew her food when she eats?

September 18, 2008 | By TJS | 9 answers | Expired: 2124 days ago

TJS

She eats so quickly and ends up choking and gagging her food up. There are no other dogs or distractions for her to eat so quickly and I'm afraid she is going to hurt herself.

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mary j.
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Sep 21, 2008

I just saw on a website a bowl designed for this problem. It has a divider thing in the middle of the bowl that slows them down.

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Heather
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Sep 19, 2008

Sometimes dogs don't chew their food when they have painful teeth, that might be a reason to consider. How old is your dog, and has your vet seen her teeth recently? In these days vets are becoming pet dentists too, because dental health is so important. But most likely your dog is like mine, she just eats too fast! If you felt like going the whole way, most pet stores now sell dog bowls with something in the middle to make your pet go slower. You could also find a large stone to put in her bowl which will also slow her down. Make sure the stone is clean! Also you might try many small meals in a day instead of a couple large meals. I hope this helps!

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Lindsey M.
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Sep 19, 2008

MY Pomchi does the same thing sometimes. When she feels pressured to eat if there are any other animals around, she eats faster, and if she is really excited about ANYTHING, and decides to eat, she will eat faster. So far I have not found a way to teach her to eat slower. But that bowl sounds like a great idea to try. I have actually never heard of it, so I might try it myself! I hope you find a way to get your dog to slow down.

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mike o.
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Sep 19, 2008

I'm not sure what type of dog you have, but we have a Pug and nothing really seems to slow him down when he eats. We even tried getting him larger pieces. But he either just bit it once or just goggled it down. He is 6 now and we still can't get him to slow down durring meal time. Like HRisser stated try something in the bowl. But if you have a dog with a shorter snout this might not work.

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Momdawg
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Sep 19, 2008

I had a neurotic, but oh-so-lovable, Black Lab years agomwith this issue, esp when there was more commotion in the house (stress reaction?) I found that switching to large size kibble seemed to slow her down. On esp stress-filled days, I would feed her by hand instead of in her bowl.

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Tad D.
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Sep 19, 2008

Has she been somewhere where she was competing for food? I've seen that happen where there are quite a few animals going for the same bowl, they eat quickly so they get food before the others can. Even after the fact they no longer have to compete, they still eat this way. The suggestions listed for getting them to slow down sound like good advice.

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Nelson M.
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Sep 18, 2008


HRisser is on target. A big ball in the middle of a dog's kibble will force him to eat slower. There are dog bowls on the market (eat better bowl)that slows down the dog's eating pace. www.dapperpetstore.com/dogbowl/

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Anonymous
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Sep 18, 2008

I would just throw a little kibble in the bowl at a time and eventually she will learn to slow down. Also, changing her food may help. The two main things to look for are the protien and fiber content. She may not be getting enough of one or the other.

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Heather R.
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Sep 18, 2008

What you should do is put a can of vegtables or a hard heavy ball in the food so the dog has to work around it this will slow down the eating lessen the amount of choking and gagging. It also helps if the dog is taking in alot of air it will help stop some of the gas.

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