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Sofie consumes her meals in no time flat. I have read where plastic bowls can create or worsen tear stains. There is a plastic bowl that is available to slow down feeding. We have been using stainless steel. I have also heard of putting balls in the food bowl to slow down eating. Any suggestions from those with a similar problem?
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i'd stick with the stainless, dogs eat fast, the only time it becomes a problem is if she had hacking afterwards or there is a guarding issue. Dogs don't chew their food , so long as it fits down the throat , it's gone.

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I agree with Dave to stick with stainless steel. Plastic can actually remove the pigment on the nose, turning it from black to pink. I had this happen to both my Afghan and Bichon many, many years ago.

Bailey was like Sofie and inhaled his food in seconds. Sometimes he ate so fast that he vomited it immediately. The vet suggested placing a rock in the center, but it didn't seem to help him. I believe they also sell stainless steel dishes with a raised center for puppies which might work. Good luck!


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We use food toys for most meals. She loves figuring out how they work and it slows her down a little. Her favorite is a hard plastic ball with a plastic disk in the middle. She has to get the food through an opening in the disk then through the next opening in the ball. She gets so excited to see it. It's also great that we can give it to her on our way out if we're doing something in the evening. Keeps her occupied and prevents separation anxiety.


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I have never used these, but have seen them at the petfood store I shop at. May be worth a try.



They also do make some stainless slow down bowls.http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/stor...FZKk4AodABcAMA


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Imme is 14, and I don't think she has put a tooth mark in a piece of kibble her whole life. She's as strong and healthy as they come. She just inhales her food and looks up smiling.
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I once went to a vet described as 'holistic' and into all sorts of stuff to do with alternative medicine that fairly swiftly drove me off in an alternative direction (I'm too science orientated, but let's not go there!) who said that the very worst thing you could do was to let a dog eat out of stainless steel...so for ages I didn't. But upon what that advice was based I have no idea, and I've never been told it by anyone else. I have at the moment some rather nice eco-friendly bowls called BeCoBowl.They are "an alternative to plastic" made from a mixture of plant fibers (I can even spell 'fibers' properly for US consumption!!) such as bamboo and rice husks. If you go to
http://www.becothings.com/becobowls.html
you'll find out about them; they say Amazon.com (US) has them but I couldn't find them on a quick search. There are lots of other Becothings, babies bowls and potties and stuff. Worth a look.

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Imme is 14, and I don't think she has put a tooth mark in a piece of kibble her whole life. She's as strong and healthy as they come. She just inhales her food and looks up smiling.
As does my 15 year old JR mix. She couldn't possibly have ever TASTED anything because nothing remains in her mouth for more than a fraction of a fraction of a second! Just like a Hoover!


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I do so appreciate the very varied suggestions. I know she doesn't taste any of her food or treats. She does however mouth, taste, crunch and eat many of natures goodies (and I am NOT talking poop). Will take all into consideration and check out items mentioned in several posts and go from there. It seems inhaling ones food is not fatal :-), but it. does seem a shame not to taste the food a little bit!
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