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    Default Re: Doesn't chew his food.

    Quote Originally Posted by anatess View Post
    Dogs do not need to chew if the food is small enough to go down its throat.

    Dogs are different than people in this way:
    1.) Dog teeth is not designed to grind food. It is designed to rip and tear flesh and crunch bone. This design functions simply to make the food fit in a dog's throat, nothing more. The saliva in the dog's mouth functions to soften the food, make it slippery, and start the breakdown.
    2.) A dog's digestive system is acidic. This design functions to break chunks of food down fast.
    3.) A dog has a highly sensitive regurge instinct. A dog decides if something is food or not food by smell. He swallows it and the digestive tract rejects it if it can't process it by regurgitation. This is also true for food that went down the throat but is too much to fit through the digestive tract all at once. A dog can even regurge something that has already reached its stomach by contracting the stomach and hacking the thing up. Perfectly normal. Other food that the digestive tract can't process but small enough to pass through the short intestinal tract just goes right on through and gets excreted.

    So, a dog eating kibble doesn't need to chew it as it is small enough to go down the throat. The chewing action goes purely by instinct and not necessity.

    What you do need to worry about is a dog taking in too much air while he eats. This is why we need to slow down the dog who eats too fast that it gulps in air with its kibble. This leads to bloat and other issues.
    I agree with @ajwhitt44 - this post NEEDS to be stickied. I encountered this with Colossus just yesterday. He hacked up part of both breakfast AND dinner, but then right back to it and tried to gobble it back up.

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    Default Re: Doesn't chew his food.

    We got a slow feed ball from amazon for Kaida, who also doesn't chew - but we noticed in the very beginning of having her that she ate superfast like someone was going to take her food! We even spread her feedings out. She got bloat (a super scary ordeal that I had posted about in the past) that they thought was an obstruction, went in for exploratory surgery and found her stomach had torqued and needed emptying and essentially untwisting -

    After this ordeal, we continue with the slow feed ball, 3 meals per day and now also soften with water. My poor girl went through so much in her first year...she was spayed, had the surgery due to bloat a month later, then I think a month or so after that - she had developed an ulcer on her eye from ingrown eyelashes scratching it - and had surgery to remove the eyelashes growing down through her lid by an eye specialist. Distichia? I can't remember the name of it.

    Anyhow - we use a few methods to slow Kaida down. She's still a bit of a speed demon with her food -
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    Default Re: Doesn't chew his food.

    Thanks I will check them out

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    Default Re: Doesn't chew his food.

    When we first got Holly she would inhale food and vomit often. We put a couple golf balls in her bowl and feed her in smaller servings. Holly would get 1 cup of kibble in the morning and evening. We'd give her 1/2 cup and wait for her to finish, then give her the second 1/2 cup. We did this for a very long time, maybe 6 to 12 months. Holly now eats her food slow, without the golf balls and has not puked in quite awhile

    I'm sure the slow feed ball will do the trick as well.

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    Sheldon eats fast but he buries his muzzle in his food and if he coughs any its food that was stuck in his jowls then he just eats it again, but lately he hasn't been eating all his food and he has had excessive shedding which makes me think I need to go back to the Merrick with the Salmon oil

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    Default Re: Doesn't chew his food.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer Clark View Post
    Sheldon eats fast but he buries his muzzle in his food and if he coughs any its food that was stuck in his jowls then he just eats it again, but lately he hasn't been eating all his food and he has had excessive shedding which makes me think I need to go back to the Merrick with the Salmon oil
    Salmon oil help the shedding. ?? Where do u get it online or at the petstore??

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeusCsmommy View Post
    Salmon oil help the shedding. ?? Where do u get it online or at the petstore??
    Amazon

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    Default Re: Doesn't chew his food.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeusCsmommy View Post
    Salmon oil help the shedding. ?? Where do u get it online or at the petstore??
    Its helped with Sheldons.

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    Default Re: Doesn't chew his food.

    Quote Originally Posted by ZeusCsmommy View Post
    Salmon oil help the shedding. ?? Where do u get it online or at the petstore??
    you can get salmon oil at petco petsmart or you can just give people fish oil if you want or order it. sarah eats fast and sometimes chokes. i tried a slow feed bowl but it didnt help so i resorted to a raised bowl and she does good most of the time now. of course they say they raise the chance of bloat but i risk it as she eats so much better with it than without.

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    Default Re: Doesn't chew his food.

    Does anyone dog's have trouble with the people fish oil? I'm curious b/c I have some at home that I bought for myself but I got terrible side effects with it...........lets just say I was in the bathroom more than out..obviously I don't want ollie to have that problem does it effect dogs the same way?

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