Is Your Bulldog Eating Too Fast?


Is your bulldog eating too fast?

 

Bulldogs love to eat and can eat extremely fast.  Eating to quickly is not ideal and can cause aspiration pneumonia (inhaling a piece of food or a food particle into the lungs). 

 

So the questions is… how do I slow down my bulldog from eating too quickly?

 

First you want to make sure that your bulldog is eating at the correct height, to be honest this isn’t a huge issue with bulldogs because they are pretty low to the ground. You can elevate food and water bowls if you feel that they will eat more comfortably. Side note, they should be eating from stainless steel or ceramic (I will blog about that next month). 

 

Secondly you can find a maze bowl or slow feeding bowl.  The purpose of these are to slow the eating process through spreading out their food. Unfortunately depending on the personality of your bulldog they will sometimes get frustrated and flip the bowl on purpose to get to their food quicker.  This is where the raised eating area comes in handy.  The raised framed should fit your bowls tight enough to discourage your bulldog from being able to move or flip their dishes. 

 

If you are looking for a quick solution without having to buy a special food dish or possibly the maze bowls don’t fit in your raised frame I have the answer for you!  A large rock (I do mean LARGE) in your bulldog’s food dish will do the trick of slowing their eating.  They will have to push around the rock to get to their food which will make the eating process take longer. 

 

Lastly make sure that you are feeding your bulldog the correct amount of food and that they aren’t eating quickly simply because they are being underfed… not a huge problem in the bulldog world J but something to think about.