What are Slow Feeder Dog Bowls and How to Use Them – Dogster


Ever watched your dog eat and think, He’s not even chewing? Many dogs literally inhale their food. This can cause them to vomit, choke or bloat, which can be deadly. So how do you get your dog to eat slower? Slow feeder dog bowls and slow feeder inserts can help alleviate these issues and provide many other benefits by making your dog eat slower.

Benefits of Slow Feeder Dog Bowls and Slow Feeder Inserts

Slow feeder dog bowls come in varying sizes, materials and patterns to accommodate different dog breeds. © Longfin Media / Getty Images

Slow feeder bowls for dogs are food dishes with raised shapes and ridges inside the bowl that the dog must eat around to get to his food. This slows down how fast the dog eats. Marj Ediger, a professional dog trainer of 45 years, says there are many positive benefits to using slow feeder bowls with dogs, including:

  • Slowing the ingestion of food
  • Preventing choking
  • Preventing vomiting and other gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Providing mental stimulation
  • Preventing bloat by lessoning the amount of air dogs intake.

Dogs used to run 20 miles a day to find food, and now we hand it to them on a silver platter, says Marj. While we can’t replicate that effort and reward system for getting food, we can challenge our dogs with slow feeder bowls. Slow feeder bowls, sometimes referred to as enrichment bowls or mats, can be used with any type of dog food, whether it’s dry, wet or raw — and even some soft human foods that are safe for dogs like peanut butter, dog-friendly vegetables and fruits and plain pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie puree).