I just got a new puppy about 4 weeks ago. The problem is that when she eats her food, she eats so fast that she sometimes chokes on her food.I heard that if i elavate her food and water dishes it would make it easier for her to swallow and digest. Does anyone have any knowledge or opionion?
I used elevated bowls for my dogs. Some say that elevated food bowls will stop bloat, others disagree. I use them because the dogs look more comfortable eating at a level where they don't have to bend down so far.
* To slow down the eating put a large object in the bowl like a tennis ball or a kong.He will hopefully have to slow down to eat around the object thus will not choke on it. ***** Bloat is a problem mostly in large breeds. They say it is linked to large breeds that eat dry in large amts at a time. you'll see it usually in a dog that is 2-10 years and it seems to happen at night the most(). The syptoms will start usually a few hours after eating and drinking , their stomachs will become distended/tight with liquid and gases. the animals belly may be larger than usual. They will salivate/drool, heave,eat grass, be restless and be in a lot of obvious discomfort. It is very much an emergency, the pet will colapse and die in a few hours. The entire stomach can twist blocking the exits and entrances to the stomach. Surgery has to be done ASAP or the stomach tubed.. Feeding a few smaller meals a day is probly a better idea. And avoid large amounts of dry food, dry food absorbs water in the stomach and expands. Try putting dry kibble in a bowl of water, what happens? The kibbles get big. Exercise sometimes is thought to be the problem but exercise is sometimes followed with large amts of water drinking. The thing that sucks about this condition is that it reacures and each attack gets worse.Eventually the pet gets put to sleep. Sorry so long.
Bloat is a horrible condition (its not a disease, but more like a freak accident of nature) that can affect any large breed dog. It rarely affects medium or small dogs (say dogs that weigh less than 50 lbs) Basically what happens is that the stomach/intestines get twisted up, the cells start dying, and the dog dies as result of the toxicity. It kills very very quickly, within 24 hours usually. It can only be corrected by surgery, and even then its not always successful. It's said to be caused by a variety of things, poor breeding, hereditary, dogs that eat too fast, drink too fast, anxiety, exercise vigorously after eating or drinking etc. Probably a combination of those honestly. I know people who've lost dogs to bloat even though they've fed their dogs from elevated dishes and carefully regulated their exercise. The best ways ot avoid seem to be feed 2 or 3 smaller meals during the day instead 1 large meal, dont allow the dog to exercise and run after eating, or allow it to drink excessive amounts and run and play.
Some med. size breeds can also get bloat.I have read to water their food down and leave it for about 30 minutes before you feed them so that the food will swell.Because when they eat their food and drink water that it causes the food to swell in their stomachs and that if the food is already swelled up then it doesnt do it when they drink water.I dont know if this is true or not.But two of our dogs would gag and retch after they ate and I started doing their food like this and they stopped doing it.
Someone else posted about putting an object in the bowl to slow down the eating. It does work. If you put a tennis ball in the food bowl, they have to work at moving the ball around to get to the kibble. This will slow the eating down.
I will try putting something in her bowl. It just scares me when she starts choking.I am sure it will help , it makes sense if she has to take the time to move a object out of her way. I guess she gets her eating habits from her master.
o elevate my dogs food and water bowls. they are very tall so it is hard for them to stand and bend down to eat. they used to just lay down to eat so i bought an elevated triple diner and they seem to like it much better.
This is suppose to be better for the pet, especially the larger ones. Tried it with mine, she to would lay down to eat. Didn't work though, she was scared to death of the stand and wouldn't go near it. What a riot
I had a Bull mastiff and English mastiff for fifteen years...Great dogs! Had elavated there bowls because they would swallow air. Water was the worst. As far as the bloating, I read in a dog book for large breeds that eating then out running cause the twisting of the intestines because the large breeds have large chest cavity that allows the intestins to jumble up and down sometimes twisting around thus causing bloat because the food cant be pasted through while breaking down..Toxins build up and.... well I think you know the out come....if not treated right away...