Recently I learned that wrong dog bowls is so dangerous that it cost the life of the dog. A leading Dog feed company demonstrated a new range of food for dogs in my pet shop. They gave me a lot of samples to try.
I tried this food by serving the dogs that came to our clinic. They liked the food very much. I found that some dogs who were anorectic or not eating for some reasons – be it fever, inappetence or worm load, they started eating in my clinic just by giving this food.
Naturally, I suggested the dog owners give this food in their home on regular basis.
Surprisingly after a week, I began to receive a complaint that these dog food is causing choking in their dogs.
I became concerned and so I went to their home and found that most of the dogs especially “Pug, Labrador, Golden retrievers and German Shepherd” breeds were not chewing their food, they were just gulping a large amount of this food hurriedly.
Some breeds such as Labradors and Pug has a tendency to eat more than their capacity. So sometimes there was choking and sometimes they just regurgitated whole food.There was nothing wrong with the food but the way they were taking food was a problem. These dogs were being served food in plane dog bowls. In some of these dogs especially pug suffers from a chronic digestive problem due to wrong dog bowls. These digestive problems cause dog farts.
I found a way out. I introduced “Slow bowl” which was bought online through Amazon since it was not available locally. And everything improved. The dogs are now healthy.
Later I learnt that “Slow Bowls ” are good for obese dogs also. Obese dogs now take time and chew their food and so eat less quantity. I observed that dogs suffering from chronic digestive problems also improved because earlier they used to swallow a large amount of air along with their food so they used to either vomit and cause indigestion. Now with slow bowl dogs have to chew food and thus, in turn, solve the digestive problems. This is one of the reasons home food is better than commercial food because your dog will be forced to chew the food due to their uneven shape. Homemade food is for people who can take the pain to cook food for their dogs every day. I have dealt with these topics in my two separate article “Homemade food for dogs” and “Home cooked food for Dogs with Kidney Failure“
Wrong dog Bowls can kill your dog and the right one makes your dog healthy.
Small animal veterinarian for last 20 years. works in self-owned pet clinic in Ranchi, India called Pluto Pet Clinic. Published several articles on pets and social media in various national and international pet magazines, blogs. Part of many international organisations including Nabuur, Mission Rabies, Asian Society of small animal dermatology, WSAVA.