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Best Dog Food Bowl - Ever!

Updated on November 4, 2014
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How to solve the problem of a sensitive stomach

I don't know about you and yours but as my dog has got older her feeding habits have changed. When she first came to me she was a bit of a fussy eater anyway - wouldn't eat dried food alone and would turn her nose up at lower quality food - but she also has a bit of a sensitive tummy and if you don't get things quite right you'll have problems one end or the other!

When she was younger she had two meals a day; breakfast in the morning and dinner on a night. As she became older breakfast time got more and more awkward, in that she was less and less inclined to eat it and I wasn't the sort to leave it out all day for her - I don't think that's good for dogs, they need a routine with food like everything else.

So in the end we gave up and decided to feed her just once a day - I knew other dogs that were fed like this so I thought I'd give it a go. She got her other usual food items during the day - something for her teeth, a few biscuits around lunch and then her main meal at night.

By the time we got to dinner time she was so hungry she wolfed it down and sometimes we had a few, let's call them 'consequences'. If we tried going back to two meals we still had the same problem as before, so I needed to find another solution.

I don't remember exactly how we came to this but I have a feeling someone mentioned it in passing and then one day I found this product on Amazon by chance. I looked at it some more, read the reviews from other people and their dogs having similar issues and how it had helped them, and decided to give it a try.

The magic food bowl

When it arrived it seemed just as knobbly and odd as it did in the picture, but we washed it out and fed Lady with it that night. Now it's a little bit trickier to use if you're like me and you have to mix a 'wet' food with a dry mixer, but I soon got used to it and so did Lady!

The way it's designed means that your dog has to eat around the 'prongs' or lumps and that in effect slows them down and means they're not gulping down their food as if they'd never been fed in their life before!

Basically it works - for us anyway. She's slowed down her eating and this means her food settles in her stomach much better and as a result we've had no 'consequences' ever again.

If your dog has suffered from a similar situation and eats faster than a speeding train and then the buffet car has a 'nasty accident' a few minutes later, then you might want to give this a go. I for one (and there are certainly others) would heartily recommend it - and it's so nice not having to clean up the mess...

Our rating of this product

5 stars for Dog food slow-feed bowl

For different sized dogs there are different sized bowls...

Brake-Fast Dog Food Slow Feed Bowl - Small Red
Brake-Fast Dog Food Slow Feed Bowl - Small Red

If you've got a small dog with the same problem, try this small bowl instead.

 

Here's our bowl in action!

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Yes, I took photos of her using it...Finished.
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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      Who knows indeed Ruth! A young enthusiastic pup may just be the one where you experience this kind of eating for the first time! I hope not though... Anyway at least you have an idea on how it could be solved! ;0) I hope you have wonderful adventures with your new dog. :0)

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      Ruth Cox 2 years ago

      Fortunately, I've not yet had probem eaters for dogs. In fact, mine have all nibbled at it throughout the day as I leave dry food out all the time. However, I'm getting a new dog soon and who knows!

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      Thanks Dawn, so glad you liked it. It's a shame you didn't know about them for Daisy but hopefully, (or not!) it may come in handy in the future. Thanks for taking a look and commenting. :0)

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      Dawn 2 years ago from Maryland, USA

      Wonderful review. I wish I had known about the bowl when Daisy was with us. No matter what, she inhaled her food. We couldn't just keep a full bowl out for her all day because of the way she gobbled. I will keep this in mind for sure.

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      Yes, there seems to be certain types of dogs where this can be a problem, though thankfully this has really sorted it out for us now. They're such a simple but brilliant idea. :0)

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      That's exactly what Lady did when we changed to one meal a day. It's worked so well for us I wouldn't be without one now...

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      Well it sounds like there needs to be one for cats. I never imagined they would do the same thing, but why not?! Will have to check if they're available...

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      happynutritionist 2 years ago

      I have never heard of such a bowl...my Mom has the same trouble with one of her cats, and I do wonder if a bowl like this would help? It eats so fast it gets sick.

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      Ruth Cox 2 years ago

      This sounds like the perfect dog bowl to slow down those dogs who tend to gulp their food down like it's their last meal.

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      RaintreeAnnie 2 years ago from UK

      I have heard of these bowls and think they are wonderful. Having had Labs and Goldens in the past eating too fast could sometimes be a problem. I certainly will buy one for any dogs we have in the future.

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      I'm so glad you found it interesting and potentially useful OhMe. I'm glad I might have been able to help Bruno out. :0)

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      Lol! Thank you Elf. :D It's turned out to have really helped us out. :0)

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      I hadn't heard of those Cheryl, though we don't have cats friends and family do. I may mention it to them. Thanks so much for sharing. :0)

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      DreyaB 2 years ago from France

      Thank you Sylvestermouse we're rather glad we found it too! I don't know what we would have done otherwise...! :0)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

      What a wonderful dog bowl! I am so glad you found a product that would help you precious puppy.

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      Cheryl Paton 2 years ago from West Virginia

      Interesting. When we first got our last two cats from the shelter, they quickly ate their food as well; didn't have any "consequences" but they did experience weight gain. There is a slow down feeder for cats, where they have to reach into holes in the sides to pull out the dry food to eat it. That did slow them down and also helped with the weight issue.

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      Wednesday-Elf 2 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      A very clever idea indeed for dogs who tend to 'woof' (pen intended) their food down 90 mph. Us humans know logically that if we eat too fast we have problems, so it's obvious a dog would too. This dog bowl looks like a good solution.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 2 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I had never seen these dog food bowls until now and found this very interesting. Thanks for introducing me. I think our Bruno might need one of these.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @flycatcherrr: Thanks flycatcher, I'm glad you like it and thanks for the additional details too. I wasn't aware of that for the deep-chested breeds so that's really useful information for us all. Thanks so much for sharing this and dropping by of course. :0)

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      flycatcherrr 3 years ago

      Bumpy food bowls are a brilliant invention for dogs who wolf down their dinner too fast. For owners of greedy little puppies, or of aging dogs who have delicate digestive systems, or of one of the deep-chested breeds that are susceptible to bloat ("twisted stomach" or GDV), it can be a lifesaver - sometimes, literally. I'll heartily "second" your recommendation!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @ThreeQuarters2Day: I know what you mean - we did that too but once we got past the, 'OK off you go,' point it was still a race to eat it all, which is where this brilliant dish came in. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and join in - so appreciated. :0)

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @Susan Zutautas: Yep, that was exactly our problem too Susan. It's such a blessing now we've discovered it! Thanks so much for sharing - proves I'm not the only one! :0)

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @Diana Wenzel: Thanks so much - you never know when something like this is going to be useful, I'm so glad we found it. Always greatly appreciate you stopping by... :0)

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      Ibidii 3 years ago

      This is a good idea for the ones who eat too fast. I had a puppy like that. I think a lot of puppies do that. Great review!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      My dog used to gulp and choke on his food when I first got him from a rescue. I had to train him to sit and wait for me to give him permission. Now he won't eat until I say OK.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I used one of these bowls for my male dog to slow him down. He was eating too fast and then tossing it right back up. These are great bowls!

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      Renaissance Woman 3 years ago from Colorado

      Two of my cats are more likely to gulp down food than my Toby. He's a good eater. Glad you found the right solution for Lady. I appreciate knowing about this dog dish. I'm all for products that help animals be healthy.

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @Ibidii: Thank you, glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully it will help others too. Thanks so much for droping by. :0)

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @AcornOakForest: Thank you! I'm sure anyone who's a dog owner knows what I'm talking about without me getting too graphic... ;0) Thanks so much for the feedback, it's really appreciated. :0)

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      Monica Lobenstein 3 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      This sounds like a great dish! I really love the way you refer to "consequences" and the train analogy. Nicely done!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      @Brite-Ideas: Please do! It seems to have solved the problem for us... :0) Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. :0D

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      what a fantastic idea! gulping and gobbling down isn't a problem for my little fussy eater - but other people in my family have big dogs and they're known for this - the food is gone in a blink! - I'll HAVE to mention this bowl to them!

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