Do you often encounter that all too familiar situation, where you put down the food bowl for your pug, and then 5 seconds later, it’s gone?
It’s common knowledge that pugs love food and cannot get enough of it, wolfing it down any chance they get, but this way of eating is certainly not good for your pug. When your pug is quickly gulping down his food, that means he is not chewing the food properly, which can cause the little guy to choke. Eating fast also means that your pug is ingesting a large amount of air, which can cause unpleasant burping and passing of gas. Occasionally, eating too fast may cause more serious problems such as bloat or a twisted stomach.
It is best to try and curb the habit as soon as you can, but how do you possibly come between a pug and his food? Here a few tips.
1. Use interactive puzzles or treat toys to feed your pugs. This is a great option as your pug will have to move around and slide open compartments or lids and work a bit to get his food. Toys, like the Kong one we wrote about in this post, mean that not only does he get a few pieces at a time, and stops wolfing down his food, but he will also be mentally stimulated too.
2. Use the underside of your bowl. If you have a non-tip bowl that has a lip, then turn it upside down and pour your pug’s food in the indent the runs around the outside. Doing this means that there is less food for your dog to eat in one go and he will have to move around the bowl, and stick his tongue in the indent to get food out.
3. Use a muffin or cupcake pan. Put a little bit of food in each cup, so that your pug will have to have a little break between each mouthful. Following the same idea, you could also use multiple bowls, and just place them at different locations in the house, so your pug will have to have a break and a little walk before he continues gulping down his food.
4. Purchase a slow feed bowl. Bowls like this one are widely available. They simply have nodules or bumps in the centre of the bowl to prevent a dog from taking huge mouthfuls; making them carefully eat around them. You could recreate the same effect yourself by putting large stones or rocks in the bowl, but do make sure they are large, so your pug cannot accidentally eat them.
As always, this is merely general advice. If you have any concerns about your dog you should always seek advice from your veterinarian.