Why more and more people are switching to slow feeder dog bowls
Slow feeder dog bowls have grown in popularity over the past 5 years, in fact more slow feeder dog bowls are now sold than conventional dog bowls.
So why are they switching?
If your pup eats their food too quickly, it's important to use a slow feed bowl. This type of bowl helps to slow down the eating process, which is better for your dog's health. Eating too quickly can cause problems like vomiting, burping, flatulence, bloat, or even serious medical issues that require hospitalization. With a slow feed bowl, your dog is forced to work around obstacles or puzzles to reach their food, which slows down the eating process and reduces the risk of health issues. While there may still be a burp after the meal, using a slow feed bowl gives your dog more time to eat and digest his food.
How do slow feeders work?
Slow feed bowls are designed with raised pieces or a puzzle-like structure inside. When you place the dog's kibble along the pathways in the puzzle or around the raised pieces, the dog has to lick and scoop out the food from these paths. This process requires more time and accuracy than simply eating from a regular bowl, which naturally slows down the dog's eating pace. As a result, the dog is less likely to eat too quickly and will take more time to consume their food.
Slowing down the pace your dog eats can be beneficial for a number of reasons. Some of the benefits of using a slow feeder dog bowl include:
Preventing Bloat: Eating too quickly can cause a dog to swallow air, which can lead to a dangerous condition called bloat. Slow feeder bowls can help prevent bloat by forcing dogs to eat at a slower pace.
Promoting weight loss: When dogs eat too fast, they don't give their brain time to catch up with their stomach. This can cause them to eat more than they need, which can lead to weight gain. Slow feeder bowls can help dogs eat at a slower pace, which can help them feel full on less food and help them lose weight.
Aiding digestion: Eating more slowly can help dogs digest their food more easily. Slow feeder bowls can help dogs to chew their food more thoroughly which is beneficial for the digestion process
Reducing boredom: Slow feeder bowls can provide a mental challenge for dogs, which can help reduce boredom, this can also be beneficial for dogs that tend to be destructive with their food.
Reducing Vomiting: When a dog eats too quickly, it can cause them to vomit and regurgitate their food. Slow feeder bowls can help reduce the risk of vomiting by encouraging dogs to eat more slowly.
Should puppies use slow feeders?
Just like older dogs, eating too quickly can be dangerous for puppies. Puppies are often very enthusiastic and playful, and may eat their food quickly before running around. It's important to use a slow feeder bowl for puppies to prevent them from eating too fast. Slow feeders have a puzzle-like structure that makes it difficult for the puppy to quickly swallow all the food in the bowl, which reduces the amount of air they take in while eating. This helps to minimize the risk of bloat, which can make a puppy very sick after eating.
How often should you use a slow feeder?
A slow feeder should be used whenever a dog is fed. It is better to divide a dog’s daily food allowance into two smaller meals. Use the slow feeder to feed your dog breakfast in the morning and dinner at night.
The Purrfects Slow Dog Bowl patented design is a best selling slow feeding dog bowl designed for dogs of all sizes. With rubber feet included to stop the bowl sliding on smooth surfaces. The Purrfects slow feeding dog bowl was in the top 5 best selling dog bowls in the UK in 2022 and only costs a fraction of the price of other top selling brands. We manage to achieve this by controlling our overheads and passing the savings onto the customer.