|Barked: Fri Feb 19, '10 12:32pm PST |
|Kayla used to be an inhaler, but she has calmed down.
We purchased a "Kibble Nibble" by Busy Buddies and Kayla LOVES it! We will feed her breakfast or dinner sometimes that way, just to be different. We also put little treats in there, and she pushes it all over the house. Another idea is the the "Tug-A-Jug" by the same company. I think PetsMarts carry some of these products now, and I know a lot of dog specialty stores carry them. It is a fun way to eat their meals! Kayla also likes the "Squirrel Dude" for treats (both dry and frozen).
There are also special bowls out on the market that have a raised center especially for dogs who scarf down their food.
Pitties aren't in as much danger from bloat as are the larger, deep chested dogs such as Labs, Weimaraners, Great Danes, and Greyhounds. But...bloat is always something dog owners should take into consideration.
Another thing to help avoid bloat is to make sure that your dog doesn't drink a lot of water prior to and after eating his meal, and after hard exercise. I know that is hard to do when a dog is hot from exercise, but try to do the best that you can. We have had dogs come into the vet clinic (not deep chested dogs) and have "minor" bloat from fast and excessive drinking of water after a meal or hard exercising. Also, make sure that your dog doesn't play hard about an hour before and after a meal. Their stomach needs to be "quiet", as we say at the clinic. Bloat is a VERY scary thing!
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