Quickly devouring food isn’t a harmless quirk of your dog’s personality. There are real health dangers that should be taken seriously. In addition to choking and vomiting, dogs can develop gastric dilatation and volvulus or bloat, which is lethal, combining stomach twisting with gas buildup.
Avoiding the risk of bloat and other digestive issues is a real benefit for dogs. Slow feeders have ridges, pockets, raised centers, and other design elements compared to a regular open bowl. The purpose of these elements is to direct feeding into smaller bites. Often they’re crafted into fun shapes that also make feeding time into a game for your doggo. Slow feeders come in a range of depths, with deeper grooves making the food tougher to get; if your dog is easily frustrated by challenges you may want to try out a shallower bowl. Intrepid dogs will do well with deeper or more complex ridges.