As the name suggests, Dog Slow Feeders can help reduce the speed at which your dog gobbles up food. There are some instances where dogs, especially puppies, just down their food without pausing for a breath. It has unpleasant short-term effects like bloating, discomfort, and vomiting, and long-term health implications.
Slow feeders to the rescue!
Slow feeders aren't just for dogs that gobble up food; they can be advantageous for all dogs in general. Additionally, they come in fun shapes which can challenge your dog, thus stimulating its brain. Currently, there are several different types of Dog Slow Feeders available in the market. They come in various shapes and can be made of multiple materials. Here are some of the several types currently available:
Multiple cup style
The most common and straightforward form of the slow feeder looks like multiple cups in a single bowl. This design is made possible by numerous protrusions with small flat surfaces in between, which hold the feed. This type of slow feeder is made of soft material that is gentle on your dog's gums, and the design helps your dog slow down while eating.
Puzzle bowls are fun
Puzzle bowls help dogs slow down while eating and make feeding time a fun time for your pet. Rather than sectioning off the feeding bowl with simple, regular bumps, the protrusions come as puzzles and other fun shapes like spirals, circles, and flowers. Stainless steel bowls with a raised center are also prevalent where the feed is distributed to the sides. The obstacle in the middle encourages slow feeding.
Interactive slow feeders are another option
The interactive type of Dog Slow Feeders not only helps feed your dog but also help stimulate its brain. These are designed so that the dog has to manipulate the feeder physically for it to access the food. This process makes it fun for the dog and ultimately helps slow down its eating speed.