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Old 05-04-2016, 07:19 AM
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Archie LOVES raw food like he's never eaten food in the past 7 months. He eats it so quick!
Less than 30 seconds. I know there isn't a slow feeder for raw food but any tips on slowing him down?
I've tried water in his food (actually eats it quicker), giving small bits at a time. I was given a tip to freeze portions and just give it as the frozen block, but I'm unsure about it. I've even tried ball/boiled egg in his bowl and he just won't touch the food because an object is in it, despite how hungry he is he just wouldn't eat because of that reason.

Is it okay for them to eat quickly on raw food or is it still the same concern with bloat?
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Are you feeding minces? If I feed minces mine all inhale it, bowls are empty in about two second, literally.
I don't like to feed frozen, with tiny dogs it can chill them leading to shivers and usually regurgitation.
You can use a Kong so he has to really work to get it out, or a slow feeder bowl.
I sometimes make them a warm 'soup' by adding enough warm water that they have to lap it up.
You can stuff tracheas or hooves with minces.
You can also try feeding much bigger, whole pieces that he really has to work at. A chunk of rabbit or chicken for example, half a lamb's heart, big chunks of tripe.
It is OK to feed a really big meal and take it away when you think he has had enough, or just feed small meals after to balance. Dogs are designed for 'feast or famine' it is not natural for them to eat the exact same amount every day
Much less likely to see bloat in a raw fed dog, however quickly they eat. It doesn't expand in the stomach or absorb water
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One of our dogs has issues with trying to swallow gigantic pieces of food, including bone, and almost choking on it and then regurgitating it. However, if you hold it for her, she's perfectly fine. Maybe you can try holding it for him, which may allow you to control the pace that he eats. Also, with meat-only bits, you can cut it up into small chunks or balls and give it to him piece-by-piece.

Dogs' teeth aren't actually designed for much chewing, so it's common for them to swallow small chunks that aren't too chewed. Of course, you'll want to make sure he is chewing the bone well (unless, of course, he's on a premade diet or ground with bone already in it; then it's no issue.)
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It is minced puppy formula from nutriment m. He has suddenly learnt The word Slow, which he steps away from the food for a bit. Considering I never taught him that, it's a surprise!! So might do that or just take food bowl away without him getting to the food guarding stage
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If he isn't choking, getting hiccups or bringing it back up, I wouldn't be too concerned. It is normal for dogs to eat quickly.
Also, don't feel you have to stay on the puppy formula, you can feed any of the working dog range which will increase the variety of proteins he is getting. (The puppy mix is just a finer mince)
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