I have a female lab and from what I've read, bloat is nasty. So I always make sure that I can have an eye on her more or less for 2 hours after she's fed. If we're going out at night, I feed her earlier.

Anyway, now that her weight is down to normal, I'm feeding her a little more food. She wolfs it down and of course gulps some air with it. Within 5 minutes she lets a huge belch roar each time. I figure that can't be good as far as risk indicators for bloat.
How can I get her to slow down how quickly she eats so she doesn't take in as much air?
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How can I get her to slow down how quickly she eats so she doesn't take in as much air?

Put some stones in the dish - small enough so she can move them with her nose, but not so small that she could eat or swallow one.

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You can feed her from a muffin pan, put objects in her bowl that she has to eat around, or even make her eat from a food cube.
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How can I get her to slow down how quickly she eats so she doesn't take in as much air?

Put some stones in the dish - small enough so she can move them with her nose, but not so small that she could eat or swallow one.

I missed the original post. We have a couple of dogs that inhale their food, and we feed them from puppy pans - - those satellite-like things with a raised center. It slows them down and works pretty well for our dogs.
Mustang Sally
Hand feed her.. make her work for the food you can teach her to do tricks at the same time... make it fun ... make her wait..
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minutes she lets a huge belch roar each time. I figure that can't be good as far as risk indicators for bloat.

Erm.. actually, if she's belching the air out, that sounds like a good thing. I'd be far more concerned if she wasn't getting rid of the excess air immediately after eating.
Also, I was under the impression that bloat occurs several hours after eating, and is caused by gasses created in the process of digestion, not so much by air swallowed while eating. I haven't read up on it lately, though, so I may be misremembering.
BTW, just as a point of interest, one of my dogs almost literally inhales his food (I don't think he chews it), and another damn near Fletcherizes. The one who takes forever to eat nearly always burps later, the one who eats fast never does.
How about feeding her twice a day? Also, you might try using some of her food for a training session.
Anne
Erm.. actually, if she's belching the air out, that sounds like a good thing. I'd be far more concerned if she wasn't getting rid of the excess air immediately after eating.

Definitely, but what I'd like even more is to not get the air in there to begin with. Emotion: smile
Also, I was under the impression that bloat occurs several hours after eating, and is caused by gasses created in the process of digestion, notso much by air swallowed while eating. I haven't read up on it lately,though, so I may be misremembering.

You're correct. But also from what I've read they really don't understand what causes it. They say excercise before or after may contribute to the risk as well so we make sure there's none of that an hour before or after. But since it's a gas build up, having gas in there already can't help.
How about feeding her twice a day? Also, you might try using some of her food for a training session.

She does eat twice a day. She's been on a diet so to use what little food she gets. . . .the training session wouldn't last too long! But I do do that sometimes.
I've gotten some good ideas already. The rock thing would work for sure, but scares me a little bit. I'm going to adopt a variation on it and see what happens. Instead of rocks, I'm going to try putting 5 or 6 ice cubes in there (she loves ice cubes) and see if that slows her down.
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