Many dogs and believe it or not, even some cats have a tendency to devour their food when presented with their meal. Labrador Retrievers are one canine breed that is infamous for their appetites. As a long time Lab owner, I can vouch for the fact that these dogs can literally inhale their food.
Pets that eat rapidly are more likely to present with an assortment of ailments related to their speed eating including:
Like humans, pets who gulp their food might also not feel their satiety and thus, have an increased desire for more food, at least in the short term. This could lead to increased begging or those sad faces that make you want to give them more food or treats.
Slow feed bowls are designed to prevent gulping. They typically have ridges or other barriers that break up the bowl’s surface area, which prevents the pet from being able to inhale their food in one or two gulps. These types of bowls can help reduce the likelihood that your pet will gulp down their meals and thus, they are meant to alleviate the issues associated with fast eating.
However, these bowls can also potentially cause some health and other problems related to their construction.
Next: How the SmartFeeder can help with food gulping.