Dogs that wolf down their meals may choke or cough, fail to properly digest, develop gas pain or become overweight simply due to their bodies' inability to signal to the brain that they are full. Large breeds such as Dobermans, Saint Bernards and Great Danes who rapidly eat may face the life-threatening condition Canine Gastric Dilatation, or GDV, which occurs when a dog's stomach twists. Prevent fast eating in dogs with one of several commercially sold custom dog bowls that are specifically designed with built-in dividers and raised bumps to force canines to slow down their food consumption.
Slow Feeder Bowls with Built-In Dividers
Petco's plastic Slow Feeder Dog Bowl runs about £10 and is a simple 1985gr dish with built-in raised dividers. These dividers force a dog to slow his eating to manoeuvre the raised dividers and find the kibble. For smaller dogs, the 454gr Contech EatBetter Plastic Food Bowl promises an ergonomic design and non-skid bottom. Contech's bowl has a wishbone-shaped divider that ensures a dog has to take more time in eating.
The Durapet Slow Feed Bowl
Durapet's Slow Feed Bowl is metal with a raised centre that forces the food to rest in a moat-like design. It comes in three sizes -- 30-, 54- or 2353gr bowls. They cost between £7 and £13 and are dishwasher safe. Dogs cannot remove the raised centre, as they can a softball or round object that some owners place in dog bowls to control fast eating.
The JW Pet Company's Slow Feed Bowl
The JW Pet Company's Slow Feed Bowl is a sturdy, plastic bowl designed to slow down gulping dogs with four raised dividers. Available in medium, large and jumbo, this bowl has a rubber bottom that promises a firm grip on floors to prevent spills. The Skid Stop bowls are dishwasher safe and resistant to rust and bacteria. They sell for between £2 and £4.
Aikiou Interactive Dog Bowl
The Aikiou Interactive Dog Bowl is a paw-shaped activity centre for dogs. Dogs must open lids on five separate plastic compartments to get to their food. At £16, this bowl can slow down a rapid eater, and also provide stimulation to help tire out a dog and prevent indoor destructive behaviour, such as chewing. Owners can also use the Aikiou bowl to play games with their dogs, such as hiding a treat in one of the compartments.