Slow feeder or elevated feeder?

summerep

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Hi everyone I was just looking for some advice on what kind of feeder I should get Bear, the reason I’ve been looking into this is because Bear has been unwell recently.
Bear is 10 months old and at 5 months old we were told that he has elongated palate. Our vet is a bulldog specialist owning bulldogs herself, of course she said it was too young to do anything at 5 months old and would ideally wait until he’s slightly older.
Three weeks ago Bear had a respiratory infection took him to the vets and they gave him a 10 day course of antibiotics, he improved and was off the antibiotics for a week and a half and was back to himself. However yesterday morning he’s woke up and it’s seemed to have come back. So a phone call to the vets and she’s concerned that he’s aspirating his food or gastric content into his lungs :( he’s booked in next Friday for a BOAs assessment and will most likely have the surgery in the next coming months.
However for now I want to do anything that is going to help prevent him potentionally aspirate his food so would a slow feeder bowl or an elevated feeder be better for him? He’s a right greedy chops and does inhale his food (literally it seems).
What is everyone else’s experience?
Thank you :)
 

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handsomedan

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We love the fluff trough! They were designed specifically for brachycephalic dogs. My two bulldogs and frenchie all use one. They have a slow feeder insert as well. Here's a link to their website, but they're sold on Amazon now too.

 
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summerep

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We love the fluff trough! They were designed specifically for brachycephalic dogs. My two bulldogs and frenchie all use one. They have a slow feeder insert as well. Here's a link to their website, but they're sold on Amazon now too.

Ahh lovely thank you so much! Someone I follow on Instagram use these for her bulldogs aswell, I’ll take a look at this! :)
 

2BullyMama

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Ahh lovely thank you so much! Someone I follow on Instagram use these for her bulldogs aswell, I’ll take a look at this! :)
Try doing smaller meals too… a little at a time to see if it helps. Keep us posted and sending well wishes
 
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summerep

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Try doing smaller meals too… a little at a time to see if it helps. Keep us posted and sending well wishes
I’ll definitely try this tonight thank you soo much, will keep you all posted 😊
 

graffwife

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Hi everyone I was just looking for some advice on what kind of feeder I should get Bear, the reason I’ve been looking into this is because Bear has been unwell recently.
Bear is 10 months old and at 5 months old we were told that he has elongated palate. Our vet is a bulldog specialist owning bulldogs herself, of course she said it was too young to do anything at 5 months old and would ideally wait until he’s slightly older.
Three weeks ago Bear had a respiratory infection took him to the vets and they gave him a 10 day course of antibiotics, he improved and was off the antibiotics for a week and a half and was back to himself. However yesterday morning he’s woke up and it’s seemed to have come back. So a phone call to the vets and she’s concerned that he’s aspirating his food or gastric content into his lungs :( he’s booked in next Friday for a BOAs assessment and will most likely have the surgery in the next coming months.
However for now I want to do anything that is going to help prevent him potentionally aspirate his food so would a slow feeder bowl or an elevated feeder be better for him? He’s a right greedy chops and does inhale his food (literally it seems).
What is everyone else’s experience?
Thank you :)
Oh my goodness I went through this for MONTHS with my bulldog Lola. Spent thousands of dollars, watched her literally waste away. She had aspiration pneumonia and vomitted constantly. I thought I would have to put her down.
Finally, I changed vets and she told me that Lola has megaesophagus, and to try a “Bailey Chair”. I had my friends make one. Its basically a high chair for dogs. I started feeding her in it and she was better in two days! I give her small little portions 4x daily and leave her upright for 10-15 afterwards. Try this!
 

chauncey_pancakes

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Hi i have tried some elevated angled feeders for my senior dog and have settled with a medium to large feeder that is angled at about 45 degrees ( i would also recommend something with a heavy base and a silicon mat to keep the dog from pushing it all the way to your living room) I also spaced his daily feedings to 3 to 4 times a day to avoid bloating/aspiration. Hope this helps.

I tried this one first, but was too small for his face


This was the one we settled on, but to be honest for the $$ any elevated bowl is worth it with a few homemade Velcro strips.


Wishing you all the best for your pal.
 
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helsonwheels

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Because of your dog’s issues, I would stick to a slow feeder. A lot of people might not know this but elevated bowls can cause bloating. There’s been studies done by Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Studies showed more than half of the cases of bloat were caused by elevated bowls. Do your research first before buying. My 2 bullies their elevated bowls are only 2” from the ground. hard to find but they’re out there. My German Shepherd puppy’s (6months old) elevated bowls are higher. That’s because she’s extremely tall, weighs over 75lbs n not finished growing. Also she eats like a turtle. So slow it’s not funny. She’ll never bloat. I might standing there waiting for her to finish while the other 2 are waiting on standby for leftovers 🤷🏼‍♀️.
 

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