Does your pet hurriedly munch down its food? If so, it could lead to negative health effects. According to the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, constant overeating can lead to bloat. This is when the stomach takes on too much food, fluid or air resulting in added pressure on the surrounding organs. Additionally, this can reduce blood flow and cause strained breathing.
The good news is that there are a variety of ways to help a pet slow down during mealtime.
Serve smaller portions – If given the opportunity, your dog or cat will overeat. So don’t serve large portions, even if you will be out of the house for an extended period of time. Instead, invite a neighbor or friend to feed your pet a small portion when you’ll be away.
Routine vet visits – Keep a regular schedule with a vet to monitor your pet’s weight.
Purchase an automatic food dispenser – There are a variety of bowls on the market that dispense food and water at an even pace. Some add a level of fun for the pet, like the Bob-A-Lot. Other slow-feed pet bowls have dividers that encourage the cat or dog to take its time to reach all the food.
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