The best way to stop a dog from regurgitating is by changing how you feed them. This is because in most cases, regurgitation is caused by feeding practices and habits that load the digestive system with too much food, too fast, or in suboptimal angles.
To help you out, here are a few feeding practices you can implement to stop your dog from regurgitating and spare them the associated discomfort.
Small Portions Of Food At A Time
It is better to feed your dog smaller portions of food more times in the day than to have them eat few meals with large portions. By feeding them less food at a time, you give their digestive systems time to properly digest each portion.
This is a particularly important tip to implement if your dog is a breed prone to conditions that cause regurgitation like gastric volvulus which is triggered by eating too much at a time.
Raise The Dog’s Food Bowl
This is a simple but highly effective tip for dogs whose regurgitation is as a result of weak sphincters that allow reflux of stomach contents back into the esophagus and mouth.
By raising the bowl, you will be working against the gravity that worsens the reflux in most cases. Elevate both the dog’s water and food bowls and you will notice the changes in no time.
Try Slow Feeders
Eating too fast is another common culprit when it comes to causes of regurgitation in dogs. Fortunately, this is something that is very easy to fix. Simply invest in slow feeder bowls that are designed to make the dog take their time with their meals.
Slow feeders also serve the purpose of making feeding time fun for some dogs by turning it into a sort of treasure hunt on the bowl.
Keep Dog Upright For A Few Minutes After Meals
You could also stop your dog’s regurgitation by ensuring they stay upright at least for 10 minutes after their meal. This is another hack that works by preventing the reflux effects of gravity if the dog lays down too soon.
Pay A Visit To The Vet
Even with all these tips and tricks to try for your dog, nothing beats a visit to the vet. Sometimes, the regurgitation may be caused by something more serious than eating too much or too fast. So consult your vet as soon as you notice that your dog is regurgitating just to be safe.