My Polish Lowland Sheepdog is 12 years old – she has a sensitive stomach/IBS and I have to be careful what I feed her. She has been on Symply Salmon & Rice Dry food for over 2 years now – over the past 6 months/year she sometimes runs away from her bowl half way through eating, seems to choke a lot and her stomach goes in and out, she throws up her dinner, eats it again then goes back and finishes her dinner with no further problems.
I put her bowl on a small step as she has arthritis in her front legs and struggles to get down to floor level when eating and have split her dinner in half – feeding half at lunch time and half at dinner time – I also put water in with her biscuits.
I have taken her to the vets and they don’t seem to be able to help me – they suggested I syringed water down her throat before eating – but this made no difference and she didn’t like having the water squirted down her throat so I stopped.
Is there anything anyone can suggest as it is quite distressing to watch and I don’t seem to be able to do anything to help her – have tried patting her on the back when she is choking but this just gets me a dirty look!
It sounds like she may be eating too fast and it’s causing her to choke. You could try a slow-feed bowl.
Our local pet shop sells them – I have tried just about everything else! Not sure why she suddenly started doing it though? I have had her from a puppy and I always feed her and my other dog in separate rooms, so that she doesn’t feel threatened or like she needs to eat it too fast.
I always keep the same routine too and sometimes she eats fine with no choking etc and other times it happens every day and every mealtime! Its so frustrating as I have conquered all her other problems!
I will keep you posted on if it works 🙂
Just to let you know – the slow feed bowl has helped! It hasn’t stopped her completely – but we have much less episodes now! I am still putting her bowl on a step and still splitting her meals throughout the day.
I will just add that when I first gave her the bowl – she did not like it one bit! She would step back from the bowl – look at it and then look at me, as if to say – what the hell do you think that is! But she soon realised that was all she was getting and got on with it!
Thank you for your help!
No problem! I’m glad that the bowl helped.
I ordered and received two Dog Games Slo Bowls from Chewy.com. These are very interesting. Bigger than I thought they’d be. We’ll see how they work tomorrow since one will have ground raw in his & the other will have a The Honest Kitchen in hers.
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