One of the most repeated questions in veterinary consultations is “why does my dog eat so fast”.
And it is that there are many furry ones that, in addition to having no bottom, they devour huge amounts of food in a matter of seconds.
A most common gesture in Cockers, Labs, Kuvasz, Beagles or Pugs (five of the breeds known as ‘vacuum cleaners’) that often hides other problems.
So if you’ve been wondering how to get rid of your dog eating anxiety for a while, read on. 👇
Why does my dog eat fast
There are many reasons that lead furry people to eat fast. These are some of the most common:
He loves the food you give him
It is enough that you find a feed or a can of fresh food that drives him crazy so that he asks you for more and more.
And it is that, unlike what happens with people, furry people do not know that getting stuffed is tremendously harmful to their health. Especially the puppies, who we still have time to teach how to feed so that they grow up healthy and happy.
In addition, it should not be forgotten that dogs they still have some traces of their wild past such as accumulating energy reserves for when they may need them.
In the event that you have a particularly gluttonous dog, it will be enough to a good training to stop this unhealthy habit.
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 a few simple medical tests.
If tests reveal that your thyroid gland is not producing enough thyroid hormone, you will have to resort to medication to end the problem.
You have exocrine pancreatic insufficiency
It is also possible that the reason why your furry eats like there is no tomorrow is a exocrine pancreatic insufficiency.
A disorder that prevents this organ from properly absorbing protein 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
Effectively, the anxiety It is another of the reasons that lead a dog to eat uncontrollably.
This is because during food intake serotonin is released, a hormone that helps calm feelings such as sadness or fear.
If the origin of their way of eating is anxiety, you should go to the vet so that it is he who, after studying your case, offers the best treatment to eradicate it.back to menu ↑
How to remove the anxiety of eating a dog
The only way to remove the anxiety of eating a dog is going 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 it is very likely that he will ask you some questions related to his routines, your attitude towards dogs and humans and your mood, We recommend that you take a good look at it for a few days to help 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 is causing the problem and whether or not they prescribe a drug, they will most likely recommend make some changes to your dog’s routines like these:
Watch your diet
Offer foods that they cannot swallow all at once and that require them to chew several times before swallowing.
→ It may interest you: How to put a dog on a diet
Make sure he gets enough exercise
Dogs that get bored turn to food more often, so keeping them entertained with walks and sports will reduce their anxiety when it comes to eating.
Divide the daily food ration into several servings
Divide the amount of daily food that the veterinarian considers appropriate taking into account their 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 to think before each bite which is the food that he likes the most.
Buy a special feeder
Serve him the food in a special feeder for gluttonous dogs that forces him to stop or go for a walk until each serving is complete.
Is about interactive feeders with original designs, that help your dog to feed in a slower way and thus you can control his anxiety.
👉 From My New Best Friend we always care about the health of our furry friends and we seek the best for them.
If you follow the advice of your trusted veterinarian, you will be able to control your dog’s food anxiety much sooner than you imagine. 🐶💚 Your dog will thank you!