It’s always worried me a little. At first I was afraid she might get bloat. I tried all the usual tricks to slow her down – big rocks in her bowl, a specially made bowl with obstacles in it, spreading her food out on the floor – and not of them made a perceptible difference.
I tried feeding her by hand or putting her food in a toy but, quite frankly, that is too much trouble for me at 5 am when they push me out of bed to feed them.
I gave up and decided that is not a huge deal she scarfs that small amount of food at a time. I would prefer that she didn’t scarf but you have to pick your battles. She has never had an issue (when she bloated the other day we finally determined she had gotten into a loaf of bread).
On another note, Chester has always had a little trouble with his digestion. His tummy always gurgles and is often gassy. I heard that adding pumpkin to his food might help with his digestion.
About 6 months ago I bought 3 cans of unsweetened, mashed pumpkin. Remember my laziness? Well they have sat on our doggie food shelf since then.
At least that is until the other day. I decided to give the pumpkin a try for Chester’s digestion but didn’t want Gretel to feel left out. I figured it would be good for her too. I put a tablespoon in each bowl and mixed it around. It spread their 1/3 cup food around the bowl and it made some of it stick to the sides.
They absolutely loved the pumpkin. But you know what? Gretel took over a minute to eat her food!
I think it was because she had to unstick each piece from the bottom or side of the bowl. I never would of thought that instead of spending lots of money on potential solutions to scarfing all I needed to do was add one healthy, couple cent scoop of pumpkin to her bowl.
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