Fast Eating Pets

When it comes to mealtime for pets, some eat too fast, a few eat too slow and some are just right. Just right and too slow are rarely a problem, so this article will discuss those that eat too fast.

Chewing performs a vital function. It physically breaks up food, increasing its surface area for more complete digestion. Unlike people, dog and cat saliva does not contain enzymes to begin the digestion process. However, chewing and mixing food with saliva, softens it, and aids in swallowing. Finally, chewing helps to physically remove some of the plaque from teeth before it can harden into tartar.

For those that eat too fast there can also be dangers. Some can choke, gag and/or vomit. On occasion gagging or vomiting can lead to aspiration of food particles and pneumonia. Dogs that eat too fast or gulp their food can also swallow air. This can contribute to a medical condition called bloat where the stomach can become distended with air. In some dogs, especially deep chested breeds, gas distension can lead to a twisting of the stomach. This is a life-threatening condition called Gastric Dilation and Volvulus (GDV).

If you have a fast eater, here are some suggestions that may help.

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