Friday, March 28, 2014

Fit Dog Friday- A Slow Feeder that Really Works

I wasn't looking for new dog bowls, but when I entered the pet store to purchase a bag of dog food, something caught my eye. Bright colored, interactive feeders on display right as I walked through the door. Well, I guess I fell for the product placement, because I picked one up for Ike. Ike is the gulper, so he needs something to slow him down. But as I stood at the counter, I thought, why not get one for Kelly too? She enjoys a puzzle challenge, and if she takes longer to finish her dinner, she won't run over and try to eat Ike's dinner as well. So I bought two.

The Kyjen Slo-Bowl slow feeders come in different designs. I bought the Hills and Drop designs. After one test run it was easy to see:
1. the dogs enjoy the challenge of these feeders, and
2. the feeders really do work in significantly slowing down the time it takes the dogs to eat!

One caveat: when trying them out, I quickly discovered that Hills design is difficult to fill, with the food flying all over the floor.

Perhaps if I took the time to slow down and fill the bowl more carefully, that wouldn't happen. But instead, I returned it for a different design. This time I got the flower design. All went well with this style.


And here is the Drop design.

I was impressed that the feeders significantly slowed both Kelly and Ike's dinner time. In this video, Ike demonstrates the different lengths of time it took him to eat an equal amount of food out of his original bowl, his slow-feeder bowl with the hump in the middle, and his new interactive feeder. (Ike may have received a bit extra food in the process, but he worked it off later!)

Here, Kelly also shows how she enjoys the interactive feeder, as it slows her meal time.

The bowls help slow down gulpers, which can help prevent bloat, regurgitation, and canine obesity. The bowls are made of plastic that is BPA, PVC and phtalate free.

Note: I purchased these products and did this review on my own accord. I did not receive any free products of compensation for my review. The opinions expressed here are 100% my own.

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  1. Wow! Love that video with Ike trying the three different bowls. Amazing difference. No gulpers here, but if there were, I'd be buying one of these. Sharing.

  2. Those feeders look awesome. Bailie still eats her meals like a machine no matter what we try, so maybe we need one of those feeders.

  3. I might try one of these for my own meals ;-)

    -SlimDoggy Steve

  4. Rocco is a gulper too. We can't live without our interactive feeder! Love the videos. Very impressive result!
    Diane and Rocco @ To Dog With Love

  5. Scooter sure can scoff his food up. Did you try 'wet' food with these bowls? Wondering how easy they'd be to clean that's all. I find adding the 'turmeric' slurry to his biccies can be messy in a normal bowl never mind a slow feeder....

  6. Edward definitely needs one of these bowls
    Lily & Edward

  7. Looked into this last week on our blog! Great to see it confirmed!

  8. We soak the dogs' kibble and some of those bowls don't work so well for that so we use the doughnut type. Still I can't believe how much the dogs slowed down. Definitely something to look into.

  9. How very cool! My dogs aren't gulpers, and even the new puppy is picky and only eats out of my hand. But for gulpers? These ROCK! I'm so tweeting this.

  10. Tenacious Little TerrierMarch 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Those are nice. Onyxx needs one. It's like the food never existed.

  11. The flower one is prettier anyway!

  12. Nailah is a big time gulper so I can totally see myself buying one of these pretty and useful bowls in the future. Thanks for the review! :)

  13. Those would definitely slow down our puppies. I would just need them in stainless steel due to their raw diet.

  14. they dont make them in small yet, only for large/medium dogs


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