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    Hey everybody! So pretty simple question. Buster eats really fast, probably too fast for his own good. Today he threw up after eating and most of his kibble was unchewed :\ I've heard of bowls and such that essentially force him to slow down. Anybody else have or had this problem and what did you guys do about it? Thanks in advance!

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    If allowed, my Jack will down 2 cups of dry Kibble in about 15 seconds....

    What I do is pour about 1-1/2 cups of water over the kibble and it slows him down..
    He's at about 45 seconds now to finish the 2 cups
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    There are special bowls that will slow them down, some have a raised center and some have little compartments.
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    Yes..my Jake was soo bad at this..he threw up and acted like he couldn't breathe. I got a feeding ball off Amazon that goes in his bowl and he has to eat around it while it moves so he HAS to slow down! Has worked beautifully! They have slow feeding bowls too..but most of them were plastic and I really wanted to stick with stainless. It's important for you to do something because this could possibly lead to bloat and that;s very serious..in fact some dogs have died....good news is..its an easy and cheap fix!

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    Here's a fruggle fix...

    Give him half a cup m wait a minute and then give him another 1/2 cup, wait another minute and give him another....

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    Bo is a gulper here too. It's terrible how quickly he can devour his food. Once time, as a little pup, he almost choked to death on kibble. He lost air and was getting dizzy....like gonna fall down right? I quickly went down his throat with my finger and saved the day. This slowed him down a BIT - but not much. Now I add water to his food and make a gravy with canned duck (we're on a new food regimen again) and that helps too. Gravy probably also provides for a bit of lubricant for the food to slide down too. Every little bit helps. The slow feed bowls are pretty inexpensive - even at my high dollar store here - and you can get them on Amazon.com too. Good luck!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Daniels View Post
    Here's a fruggle fix...

    Give him half a cup m wait a minute and then give him another 1/2 cup, wait another minute and give him another....
    We've been doing this to help solve another issue. With kids in the house, its important that Jack gets touched alot while feeding and gets used to having hands in his bowl. Not that the kids ever put their hands in his bowl, but you just never know if it could/would happen. After I've measured his portion out, I'll take a few bits of it in my hand and put in his bowl and let him know my hand is there. This process slows his eating down plus teaches him its okay to be touched while eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Daniels View Post
    Here's a fruggle fix...

    Give him half a cup m wait a minute and then give him another 1/2 cup, wait another minute and give him another....
    That's a great idea @JackDaniels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FourPetes View Post
    We've been doing this to help solve another issue. With kids in the house, its important that Jack gets touched alot while feeding and gets used to having hands in his bowl. Not that the kids ever put their hands in his bowl, but you just never know if it could/would happen. After I've measured his portion out, I'll take a few bits of it in my hand and put in his bowl and let him know my hand is there. This process slows his eating down plus teaches him its okay to be touched while eating.
    Another FABULOUS idea! Someone here was having issues with protective at mealtimes....who was that? This would be a good idea for her too.

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    ooh good ideas! I'll have to look around because he definitely eats way too fast. I'll have to head down to the pet store and see what i can find. I'll report back with my findings!

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    We have that issue with Banks.... added water to the food and it slowed her down
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    We free feed and have since our furkids were pups. With free feeding there is never any gulping. With smoosh faces you can never be too careful when it comes to a choking hazard like gulping food. Bloat is also a very serious and sometimes deadly thing to be considered when discussing gulping food. One way to prevent gulping and continue to use stainless bowls is to purchase another stainless bowl (next size or two smaller) and turn it upside down in your Bullie's food bowl and then add the kibble around the upside down bowl. The upside down bowl will become an "obstacle" that he will have to eat around which will slow him down considerably. Hope this helps...good luck and happy weekend!

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