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not chewing food?

Tillie has never had a problem with eating, she is a light eater, but hasn't ever been "picky" or finicky or had any other issues. She is on Taste of the Wild Prarie Formula. Anywho, this morning she "threw up" 3 times in a row, it was just un-chewed kibble! So, we took the rest of the food away, gave her a little yogurt, I thought maybe she was just in a hurry to play with the cats and didn't "have time" to chew... anyway, I fed her lunch and she took a mouth full and walked into the living room (which is normal for her) and just swallowed. came back got a few more peices and swallowed them whole again! So, i took her food up at that point. She didn't seem to concerned and went about playing. I am not sure why she isn't chewing, could her teeth be bothering her? Should we get her some canned food for now? We looked in her mouth and don't see any visible problems. She is losing teeth at a very rapid pace, could this be affecting her eating? Could this be a phase? Any ideas would be much appreciated!!
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Dogs don't really chew their food. My nearly 50 year old daughter told me that her dogs did, I asked if she had ever seen where they threw up--that settled that argument. lol. Seriously, they really don't have to chew if the kibble or food is small enough to swallow.
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I'm not sure how small that kibble is. When I used to feed dry, my guys would do the same thing with small bites. I had to find a food with larger pieces. You might want to try larger kibble by hand feeding her to see if she chews it or swallows it whole. I'd hate to see her choke on my recommendation!





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Our Imme is 11 (I think) and healthy as can be. I don't believe she has ever put a tooth mark on a single piece of kibble.
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Dogs don't really chew their food. My nearly 50 year old daughter told me that her dogs did, I asked if she had ever seen where they threw up--that settled that argument. lol. Seriously, they really don't have to chew if the kibble or food is small enough to swallow.
Right on Lucile. Dogs don't really chew. They don't have flat molars like humans." They also have no lateral (sideways) movement in their jaws to
help the process. The natural way of eating for dogs and cats is to rip at their prey and tear
out chunks which are then mostly swallowed whole. Bones are gnawed and crushed, again
without any lateral movement of the jaws ". They will bite it just enough to swallow it. If this keeps up , I would see a vet. But chances are it's nothing. Hey, dogs puke and hack more than we do LOL

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hmmm, interesting, shows how much I know about dogs! LOL

She has always chewed the kibble before... maybe she is big enough now that she doesn't need to. The kibble is about the circumfrence of a dime.
I'll keep an eye on her if she continues to throw up...

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hmmm, interesting, shows how much I know about dogs! LOL

She has always chewed the kibble before... maybe she is big enough now that she doesn't need to. The kibble is about the circumfrence of a dime.
I'll keep an eye on her if she continues to throw up...

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Kibble the size of a dime is fairly large for a small dog. Sure she will bite that size a couple of times to get it down to a swallowing size , but that' s not really chewing it . One of the misleading principles behind "dental "kibble is that by making kibble larger , that is supposed to help dogs "chew" more and so prevent tartar. But here's the facts behind kibble and tartar.
From Sabine Myth about Kibble.
"Kibble keeps the teeth clean and exercises the jaws"
First things first—cats and dogs are not “chewers”, they do not have the type of teeth with flat
“grinding” surfaces required for significantly reducing the particle size of their food like for
example humans and cows. They also have no lateral (sideways) movement in their jaws to
help the process. The natural way of eating for dogs and cats is to rip at their prey and tear
out chunks which are then mostly swallowed whole. Bones are gnawed and crushed, again
without any lateral movement of the jaws.
What truly exercises the jaws and keeps teeth clean is the friction from gnawing on tendons
and bones (or, as the case may be, a good chew toy, regardless whether it’s edible). The
much touted “scraping action” of dry foods only happens if the dog actually “crunches down”
on the pieces of food, and only around the top of the molars, but not the canine teeth or incisors,
and not where cleaning is most needed: at and below the gum line.
The “cleaning action” of special dental kibble comes from its larger size (the pet is forced to
“chew”), higher fiber content, and often also a specific coating that changes the chemical
composition of the saliva. Sadly the ingredient quality of these products and their nutritional
composition leave a lot to be desired.

And if you want to read another article on this topic of kibble and tartar http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosi...cleaner-teeth/

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Wow, this is so interesting. I actually switched Piper from the small breed Wellness to the regular size because I was concerned that she wasn't chewing the smaller pieces and she would choke.

You learn something new every day!

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Wow, this is so interesting. I actually switched Piper from the small breed Wellness to the regular size because I was concerned that she wasn't chewing the smaller pieces and she would choke.

You learn something new every day!
oh yeah ,dogs are gluttons, it's a wonder they don't choke more. LOL

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very interesting! It always seems that Banjo inhales his food instead of 'chewing'. No wonder he eats like a pig!

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