Living with a dog entails a lot of responsibilities besides the beautiful feelings such as love and loyalty. First of all, you should ensure that the dog you care for lives in a loving environment. While the keyword is love here, if you have questions like “Is loving my dog enough alone?”, “How should I care for it?”, “What should it eat and not eat”, let’s see the answers together.
Reasons for Speed Eating in Dogs
Speed eating is generally an eating disorder. For dogs, eating disorders might arise in different types and from different reasons. Speed eating problem basically involves swallowing the food without chewing adequately. In order to eliminate the misperceptions of the dog owners about speed eating, they should firstly know that speed eating does not always mean that the dog is very hungry.
Speed eating is caused by varying psychological reasons as in the case of other eating disorders. Any change in your pet friend’s mood might lead to that behavioral problem. Negative feelings such as insecurity, competition or being abandoned are the basic psychological factors for the development of speed eating. Speed eating problem might result from a past emotional change; however, it might also be observed in such dogs that have never experienced such conditions.
Besides emotional factors, it should be noted that your dog might actually be hungry. Particularly, speed eating might also result from long-term hunger or lack of physiological fullness owing to several factors.
Possible Results of Speed Eating
Speed eating might lead to various digestive system problems from relatively simple symptoms such as vomiting and swelling to critical conditions such as twisted stomach.
If the food is swallowed quickly without being chewed adequately, it might go down the wrong way leading to respiratory system problems, even choking by blocking the respiratory track.
Chewing increases the surface area for the digestive fluids to act on by dividing the food into small pieces. If food is swallowed without being sufficiently digested (chewed) in the mouth, it is harder to digest that food in the stomach and bowels. Accordingly, swelling, vomiting, stomach ache and diarrhea might arise.