One of the most repeated questions in veterinary consultations is “why does my dog eat so fast”.
And there are many furry ones that, in addition to having no bottom, devour huge amounts of food in a matter of seconds.
A gesture of the most common in Cockers, Labradors, Kuvasz, Beagles or Carlino’s (five of the breeds known as ‘vacuum cleaners’) that often hide other problems.
So if you’ve been wondering for a while how to take away the anxiety of eating a dog, read on. 👇
Why My Dog Eats Fast
There are many reasons that lead furry people to eat fast. Here are some of the most common:
He loves the food you give him
Just find a feed or a can of fresh food that drives him crazy for it to ask you for more and more.
And, unlike what happens with people, furry people do not know that getting soaked is tremendously harmful to their health. Especially the puppies, to whom we still have time to teach how to feed so that it grows healthy and happy.
In addition, we must not forget that dogs still retain some traces of their wild pasts such as accumulating energy reserves for when they may need them.
In the event that you have a particularly gluttonous dog, good training will be enough to tackle this unhealthy habit.
You have a thyroid problem
Another reason that can lead your dog to eat non-stop is a thyroid problem, since one of the side effects of hypothyroidism is the difficulty in feeling completely satiated.
The only way to confirm or rule out this disorder is through simple medical tests.
If tests reveal that your thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone, you will have to resort to medication to end the problem.
Have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
It’s also possible that the reason your furry eats like there’s no tomorrow is exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
A disorder that prevents this organ from properly absorbing proteins from food and that leads many dogs to increase their intakes to try to compensate for this deficit.
Something very common in German shepherds, who have a certain genetic predisposition to suffer from this disease.
Suffer from anxiety
Indeed, anxietyis another reason that leads a dog to eat uncontrollably.
This is because serotonin is released during food intake, a hormone that helps calm feelings such as sadness or fear.
If the origin of your way of eating is anxiety, you should go to the veterinarian so that it is he who, after studying your case, offers you the best treatment to eradicate it.
How to Remove the Anxiety of Eating a Dog
The only way to take away the anxiety of eating a dog is togo to the origin of this bad habit.
Unless the reason is obvious, you will have no choice but to go to your veterinarian’s office to help you find it.
As he will most likely ask you some questions related to his routines, his attitude towards dogs and humans and his mood, we recommend that you observe him well for a few days to help him with the diagnosis.
In the event that your way of eating is due to some disease, it is very likely that, to overcome it, it is necessary to resort to medication.
Regardless of what the cause of the problem is and whether or not they prescribe any drugs, they will most likely recommend making some changes to your dog’s routine such as these:
Watch their diet
Offer food that you can’t swallow all at once and that forces you to chew several times before swallowing them.
Make sure you get enough exercise
Dogs that get bored resort more frequently to food, so keeping it entertained based on walks and sports will reduce their anxiety at mealtime.
Divide the daily food ration into several feedings
Divide the amount of daily food that the veterinarian deems appropriate taking into account your breed, age, sex or weight into small portions spaced throughout the day.
Mix the feed with pieces of food
By combining the feed with pieces of meat, fruit or vegetables you force your dog to stop and think before each bite about the food he most wants.
Buy a special feeder
Serve the food in a special feeder for gluttonous dogs that forces you to stop or make a walk until you complete each serving.
These are interactive feeders with original designs, which help your dog feed more slowly and you can control their anxiety.
👉 From Mi Nuevo Mejor Amigo we always care about the health of our furry friends and seek the best for them.
If you follow the advice of your trusted veterinarian you will be able to control anxiety with your dog’s food much sooner than you imagine. 🐶💚 Your dog will thank you!