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Does your dog act like he’s in a high stakes race every time you put food on the floor? Does he constantly act like he’s starving even though he is clearly overweight? Gulping down food can not only lead to obesity, but it can also cause bloat, a very dangerous condition. Bloat can lead to severe health problems and if it is serious enough, the condition can be fatal. The same can be said for obesity.
It is in a dog’s nature to overeat. Wild dogs need to eat when food is provided, because they never know when their next meal will be coming. Domesticated dogs don’t need to worry about this issue, but they don’t understand that. If a dog is overweight it is purely the fault of the owner. It is our responsibility as pet parents to provide our dogs with the right amount of calories and a balanced diet each day to keep their body at a healthy weight.
If your dog is overweight there is no excuse for it. You are the only person that can help your dog, and if you don’t it could take years off his life and will definitely lower his quality of life while he is here. There are many things that you can do to help your dog get back on a healthy track. Changing his diet and allowing him more time for exercise each day are the two most important things you can do to help him shed some pounds.
Slow feeders, like the Fun Feeder Mat from Outward Hound, can be a great tool to help your dog slow down while he’s eating. This will help to improve his digestion and aid in weight loss. These rubber mats are specially designed with ridges and valleys that make it challenging for your dog to retrieve his kibble. He’ll have to work harder to get his food, which will make it last up to 10 times longer than it would in a traditional feeding bowl.
The product is made with flexible, food safe rubber, and it is PVC, BPA and phthalate free. The non-slip material makes it stay securely in place while your dog eats, so he won’t have to chase the slow feeder across the floor. The mini Fun Feeder Mat can hold up to 2 cups of dry kibble and the regular size holds up to 4 cups. It’s even dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
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If your dog is a food gulper, I would highly recommend purchasing some type of slow feeder. This is a great choice, and at $20 it can fit into most people’s budget. There are other models on the market as well, so do your research and find a feeder that will be appropriate for your dog(s).