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posted 09-10-2003 08:23 AM           Edit/Delete Message
My wife and I are 1 month owners of a new Rat Terrier puppy (13 weeks old today).

We are currently feeding him Iams puppy food (wet and dry) twice a day (morning and evening). Also we give him a small handful when we put him in his cage when we leave for work.

What I am noticing is he eats extremely fast; I don’t think I even see any chewing. Last night was the first time we noticed that he regurgitated his dinner after eating. And it was all whole food. We have tried mixing wet and dry together, but that doesn’t really slow him down.

Any other thoughts on how to fix this “problem”?


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posted 09-10-2003 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bengal Lover     Edit/Delete Message
Possibly a food with bigger kibble. Most puppy foods will have smaller kibble, but maybe that would force him to eat slower. Or give him smaller portions, but more of them so it doesn't all hit his stomach so fast. I would change him food anyway though. Iams used to be a good food, but they have sold themselves out to Procter and Gamble. If you do some searches on the web, you'll find a lot of literature on it and none of it good. Their food is filled with filler and they practice horrible animal testing. (there are pictures available). Hope that helps!

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posted 09-11-2003 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for nessa1880     Edit/Delete Message
My 7 month toy poodle does that same thing. She practically inhales her food. I dont know what to do either. I have changed her food a few times but that doesnt help. She stopped throwing her food up a few months ago so I dont think its that big of a problem anymore.

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posted 09-11-2003 03:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Bodaga     Edit/Delete Message
I used to put big rocks (that they couldn't fit in their mouths!!!) in their dish....usually about 2 or 3, forcing them to eat around them thus slowing the gobbling down. Now my dog doesn't eat fast anymore and I was able to ween her away from the rocks. Now she just has kibble.

My vet used to do it with her Lab cross too!

A nation should be judged by the way it treats its animals -Ghandi

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posted 09-12-2003 10:12 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for charmedagain     Edit/Delete Message
i found the best way to slow a puppies eating was everytime they started to gulp it i took the food off them and made them wait couple of mins then gave them it back and i would do this for a couple of days and this seemed to stop mine..the rock post is a good one aswell as yes it does make them eat round it but make sure there are big enuff not to swallow as gulpers will even eat that if its in the way

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