What are the dangers of my dog eating too quickly?

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It’s an absolute myth that dogs should always run to their bowls to wolf down their food.

Quite honestly, gobbling food isn’t a good thing. Fast eating can actually be a result of feeling threatened that someone else will get at the food, especially if there are other animals nearby. Maybe she’s just too hungry and isn’t getting enough food for her level of activity. Sometimes it can even be a medical problem, such as diabetes.

Whatever the reason, you need to address this matter fast. In fact, preventing your dog from eating too fast is an important aspect of pet care, because gulping can actually pose several grave dangers, including:

• Choking: Food can easily go down the wrong tube, or she’ll end up taking bites that are just too big to swallow, resulting in gagging.

• Vomiting. When she gulps her food, she also gulps air, and that leads to throwing up food that’s usually not chewed or digested. Sometimes there isn’t even vomit, meaning the dog will stop in the middle of eating; she’ll just sit there with her nose facing straight towards the ceiling as if she has kibble stuck in her throat and is trying to relax and get it down to her stomach.

• Bloat: The dog’s stomach fills with air, fluid and/or food. Then the enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs, can cause difficulty breathing, and may eventually decrease blood supply to a dog’s vital organs. In fact, bloat is considered to be the second leading cause of deaths in dogs after cancer. Even with immediate treatment, approximately 25 to 40 percent of dogs die from this medical emergency.

Large breed dogs (although sometimes small ones are also susceptible), dogs that are thin and have an anxious or aggressive nature can also be at risk. Since bloat is such a medical emergency, it’s a good idea to know the symptoms: distended abdomen, unsuccessful attempts to belch or vomit, retching without producing anything, weakness ,excessive salivation, shortness of breath, cold body temperature, pale gums, rapid heartbeat and collapse.

Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat in Dogs:  This video provided by:  – Dr. Karen Becker, visit her YouTube Channel

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