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    Hi everyone! I'm new, be gentle. I have a puppy named Beefy, he's 12 wks old and the light of my life. My concern is him possibly getting bloat. Every time I feed him and give him water he inhales everything. He's definitely not starving but acts like he is the way he eats and drinks so fast. When he's done and we go outside he let's out the loudest burps. He'll also drink so much water that you can hear it sloshing around as he runs. I am seriously afraid that he could end up with bloat. What can I do to slow him down?

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    Don't worry! We've ALL been new too! My Jake is the same way. After he gagged a couple times, I ordered a slow feed ball from amazon. There are also bowls that partition off the food so they have to slow down. The ball has helped immensely and you are very right to be concerned. Bloat is a real hazard. By the way..welcome..glad to have you..and we love..love puppies and pictures. Well..we love ALL Bully's!

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    Hi and welcome to the club! I am a new bully mama too and this forum has really be helpful. My puppy too was a little piggy at feeding time and the feeding ball has been wonderful! He actually eats less now that he has to take his time eating he realizes sooner that he is full. I have to remove the ball as he get to the bottom cause his little snoot can't fit I used a small bowl inverted in his dish until I was able to get the ball. Hope my info is helpful. Enjoy your new baby!

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    Great advise above, plus are you feeding him 3 times a day? I would until about 4 or 5 months old then 2 times a day. The slow feed bowls help, plus I would not let him play much right after he eats.
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    Don't let him play until 30-45 minutes after the meal. Apart from this I don't have much advice since it is also one of my big fears!!

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    Nothing to add but welcome!!!!

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    @Davidh & @JAKEISGREAT So guess really never had a fear of bloat .....hmmm Cooper does inhale his food when I feed him. He gets fed twice a day and you basically have to hold him back to put the food in the dish (he has always been like this). He is about 7 months now......If he isn't throwing up or gagging or anything like that should I just keep him the way I am. Or do you think I should get the slow feed thing. I normally don't limit his play after he eat either but i don't think he really runs or plays around right after. I will keep closer eye on that. When he was a baby he would eat and his tummy would get so big and hard but he grew out of that.

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    The reason to be careful about bloat is their tummys can get twisted and some have died. Just take precautions and he will be fine!

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    Thank you so much for the replies. Yes, Beefy gets fed 3 times a day, but he's quite the porker. I'm going to check in to getting a feeding ball and give it a try. When he gets done eating he kinda reminds me of the stay puff marshmallow man, then he burps and shrinks.

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    Welcome to you both. Raven is a beast when I put down her food. I just ordered three of the balls for her bowls, in the interim, I stuck her heavy rubber ball in there. It has definitely slowed her down. Good luck. I totally understand your fear. Raven looks like the stay puff marshmallow man when she is done eating and drinking. The ball use is definitely helping.

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    @Cooper11 you can try putting a ball about 3" big in his bowl to see if that helps.
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