Many dogs and believe it or not, even some cats have a tendency to devour their food when presented with their meal. West Highland Terriers are one canine breed that is infamous for their appetites. As a long time Westie owner, I can vouch for the fact that these dogs can literally inhale their food.
Pets that eat quickly are more than likely to have problems which relate to thier quick eating habits including:
- Gastrointestinal discomfort
- Food bloat, which can occur from gulping food and swallowed air and is potentially life threatening
Like humans, pets who gulp their food might not feel full up after a meal, and so have an increased desire for more food before they will feel full.
This would make them beg for more or those sad faces that make you want to give them extra food or treats, which in the end leads to you having a less healthy dog.
Slow feed bowls are designed to prevent gulping. They typically have ridges or other barriers that break up the bowl’s surface area, which prevents the pet from being able to inhale their food in one or two gulps.
These types of bowls can help reduce the likelihood that your pet will gulp down their meals and thus, they are meant to alleviate the issues associated with fast eating.
If you have a dog that eats very fast then serving your dog's meals in one of these slow feeding dog bowls may be the answer.