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Old 12-01-2012, 04:49 PM
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Brake Fast type bowls....

I am kind of curious if these types of bowls actually reduce the occurrence/risk of bloat in dogs? Mine scarfs food and he is a bit slower eating from this special bowl but is it really helping him? Its made from plastic which I believe it melamine which I am not to fond of and dont want to keep feeding him from it unless it really is beneficial

This is the same type of bowl I have just walls come in from the outside going in Welcome to brake-fast.net!
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:57 PM
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I am not too fond of plastic bowls either. I find adding water to kibble makes Molly eat slower, but I usually feed her out of a Kong Wobbler. I think I would try the muffin pan method before using a plastic bowl.
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We just put a couple of Kong toys in their large metal bowls. It slows them down a bit.
You could also divide their food into thrids or fourths and give some every five minutes or so.
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I have a small Corningware dish that fits perfectly in the middle of Bentley's food bowl. I'm not sure that it slowed him down though, we don't call him Hoover for nothing
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I tried putting objects inside his bowl but he picks the object (eat slow ball, kong, huge rock etc) and puts it on the floor then devours his kibble. I soak his kibble for half hour before feeding as well.

So maybe I should stop using the plastic bowl and just go back to a regular metal bowl?
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I tried putting objects inside his bowl but he picks the object (eat slow ball, kong, huge rock etc) and puts it on the floor then devours his kibble. I soak his kibble for half hour before feeding as well.

So maybe I should stop using the plastic bowl and just go back to a regular metal bowl?
He sounds too smart for his own good! LOL
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He sounds too smart for his own good! LOL
Hes a very smart dog haha. When I was feeding raw he would use his nose to prop open the freezer door, jump up and bring out whatever meat he found. I since locked the freezer door. Came home one to many times to 3 sometimes 4lbs of meat gone. He can also flip the latch on our back gate open as well so thats locked as well.

Sometimes, he amazes me haha
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I use the metal bowls. Get the largest size and then it won't be so full and hopefully that will also help to slow him down a bit as well.
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I use metal bowls and would only use metal. A rep with one of the bowl companies told me once that plastic is more than exposure to melamine and scoots easily. The fats from food and the minerals from water break the plastics down and as we all know become bateria hiding grounds. What you may not know is that dogs often irritate or even wound their mouths and noses on the plastic once it becomes rough. It is like sand paper and can rub the black (or liver) off their nose and leave an irritated "snow nose" behind. I put a rock in the dishwasher and used it in the bottom of the bowl until I heard that a dog could get aggressive while eating and chip or break a tooth. I then went to the tennis ball in the food bowl and I didn't have to do anything after 6 months. I like the idea of the Kong for feeding. I only use it for treating now.
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You could also divide their food into thrids or fourths and give some every five minutes or so.
That is a new idea. I like it!
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