We don't usually talk much about our pets, here at The Kitchn. But since it is Eating Light month, we couldn't pass up this great piece of tableware (errr...floorware?) designed to help our canine friends lighten up and eat a little slower.
When your dog is eating her regular food (as opposed to licking up leftovers!) does she gulp it down too quickly? It's a very common problem, and it's just as bad for dogs as it is for humans. It can cause bloat, choking, and an even more serious condition called gastric dilation. Slower eating is better for all the same reasons that it's also better for humans: it reduces the problems above, and it also helps your dog stop when she's full, instead of when she's overstuffed.
The Eat Slow Bowl is a simple and friendly way to train your dog to eat a little slower. These heavy duty, durable polypropylene bowls are constructed with molded protrusions inside that, as the designers say, impede "instant access" to food. It helps your dog slow down and eat steadily without gulping.
Eat Slow Bowls work well with both kibble and canned foods, as well as homemade food. Bowls are 10.7 inches in diameter and can accommodate up to 6 cups of food. Bowls are dishwasher safe.
We are rather impressed with this design, which, in full disclosure, was created by Sabra Krock, who also shoots NYC kitchen tours for us. (See all of her posts here.) We think this a great solution for helping your dog eat in a healthier way, no matter what you're feeding her.
Now all we want to know is, where's the Eat Slow Plate for us humans?
• More about the Eat Slow Bowl: Greedy Pup
• The Eat Slow Bowl can be purchased online at SitStay.com, and in New York City at a variety of stores, including Beasty Feast and the Barking Zoo. The bowl runs about $28.
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