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June 15, 2013

Putting An End To Gobbling Meals

Most dogs are very enthusiastic about their food. In fact, one often wonders if they ever taste anything particularly those that vacuum up a meal in literally seconds.

It’s a problem, because dogs that eat with such gusto can be candidates for developing a condition called Bloat which can in fact be life threatening.

According to Web MD “Bloat actually refers to two conditions. The first is gastric dilatation, in which the stomach distends with gas and fluid. The second is Volvulus, in which the distended stomach rotates on its long axis. The spleen is attached to the wall of the stomach, and therefore rotates with the stomach.”

When gas and fluid is trapped in the stomach and it begins to distend as the material ferments, it cuts of blood circulation and can result in a number of other medical issues such as acute dehydration, bacterial septicemia, circulatory shock, cardiac arrhythmias, gastric perforation, and death.
Bloat can occur in any dog at any age, but typically occurs in middle-aged to older dogs. Large-breed dogs with deep chests are anatomically predisposed such as Great Danes, German Shepherd Dogs, St. Bernards, Labrador Retrievers, Irish Wolfhounds, Boxers, Weimaraners as well as medium-sized breeds such as Shar-Peis and Basset Hounds. This condition is not common in small breeds but has been known to occur in Dachshunds.
The problem is that bloat can develop suddenly in what is otherwise a normally active and healthy dog.

One way to try and prevent issues to is train your dog to eat more slowly. A gadget called a Gobble Stopper will do the trick. This gadget can be fitted to any bowl and basically varies the surface of the bowl making it uneven and putting obstacles in the way, which the dog has to eat around, and thus they are forced to eat more slowly.

Another good idea is to put your dog’s meals in a food puzzle or treat ball (if it's a kibble) and make them work for it.

They may even get to use a taste bud!

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