Is this normal? My dog is not chewing his food.

Barkley got sick this morning and threw up, and I realized he is not chewing his kibble--he's eating it whole! 8O I know his teeth are fine--the vet said his teeth were in great shape. He chews on everything else--is there some reason he is not chewing his food?
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Lots of dogs don't chew their food.... and don't usually throw up because of it. Dogs do throw up every now and then for no apparent reason though.... cats are far worse for this though...lol...
Does he always throw it up? Just once in a while?
This morning was the first time he's gotten sick. And he seemed fine after. I figured something just upset his tummy, but I was just kind of shocked to find that he wasn't chewing his food.
He may have chewed something else that didn't agree with him.... if he hasn't done it since it is probably nothing to worry about. I'd just keep an eye on him, ear infections can sometimes cause vomiting when there seems to be nothing else wrong....
Dog's jaws aren't designed to grind like ours -- in fact they can't move their jaws from side to side, just up and down. Some break up the food a little more than others, but none chew 32 times like Mom taught us to do.

Or so I think.
Rosco is a very food motivated guy and gulps his food...throws up occasionally because of it. He is always fine afterward.
I learn so much here! I just figured since he chewed everything--sticks-bones--laptop electric cords--me--he'd chew his food too! Maybe I just taste better :roll:
For some reason Pepsi would swallow the big chunks of food whole and vomit.
He chews the mini-chunks so we switched to that. No more problems
I think Barney attaches a vacuum hose to his mouth and eats that way. You can actually hear him suck it up. He throws up occasionally after eating...usually because he eats too fast, I think, or because he is too active in between suction gulps by running after the cats...
I never really thought about this but I guess it is true about not chewing kibble. So why exactly do we feed our dogs hard kibble if they don't chew it? I always thought it was good to give them hard food to help clean their teeth so is that only a myth?
The dry kibble is chomped in varying degrees, but not much, just enough to get it down.

The reason given that dry is better than wet is that the dog drinks afterward and washes the food out of his/her mouth.
Ollie doesn't know what chewing means, unless its a door frame, chair leg LOL. You can get different sizes of kibble - not sure what you buy, but I buy Royal Canin, its quite expensive, but softer than other kibbles.
clyde slurps after eating dry food. explain that one!
The Gooch TRIES to munch on his kibble...looking around...enjoying life...but then speeds it up when Murphy is done! 8O Murphy makes about 5 noises that sound like "hunk-hunk" and HE definatly does NOT chew his food!!! :lol: And he's done! He also very rarely throws up...only once that I know of and he tried to get it back in his tummy as fast as it came up!!! 8O
Ron wrote:
The dry kibble is chomped in varying degrees, but not much, just enough to get it down.

The reason given that dry is better than wet is that the dog drinks afterward and washes the food out of his/her mouth.



No, dry kibble is better than wet food because it helps to scrape tarter off the dog's teeth & gums, thus making the mouth healthier and preventing bad breath. A dog that simply eats wet food would have a rotten mouth in no time. If a dog is eating too fast, it is important to train. Use a good, natural dog food that has LARGE kibble, or switch to an ORAL diet that will have huge chunks that cannot be swallowed whole. Then, praise the dog every time you hear the crunchy sound of chewing! Keep yourself calm while the dog eats, take away any competition, and promote a soothing atmosphere for the dog to eat in. I know many have different opinions, but this is honestly the correct and healthiest thing to do for dogs that don't chew.
Wow, another old post dug up... 8O

anyway, I've heard you can put a big rock in the dog's food bowl for dogs who eat too fast. They have to work around it and therefore eat slower.
They do that at a lot of dog kennels. The rock thing.

Anyway, I had two vets tell me it's fine if they don't chew AT ALL. Only bad thing is, they will need something else to keep their teeth clean (bone, toys, etc).

Slowly handfeeding has helped yuki chew. At least 1 out of every 3 times I give her food. That's better than never. Took several months before she started too, but if I go back to giving it to her from a bowl, she doesn't chew at all.
You may be right guest, but I've been told this by several vets. They tell me that crunching/crunchy food does not scrape tartar off the teeth, that the tarter is much too hard to scrape. Perhaps you are thinking about plaque, which is much softer than tartar and is a precursor to it.

That the dry food is followed by a drink tends to rinse out the mouth of food particles preventing the formation of plaque.

But like I said, you might be right.
Not sure if this will help because I don't know the age of your dog...mine is still young. Just turning 12 weeks. His teeth are just coming through. Well, the back ones anyway. Fronts have been there...

I soak his food with water a few hours before I give it to him. First, the water gets absorbed into the kibble and makes it easier to chew and second he gets alot of water just from eating and third, because the kibble is soaked, he can digest it alittle better...It's amazing to see how much food you are really givng him once the water is absorbed into it...

He is a chewer on everything else too..so he gets lots of bones to chew, etc. His favorite is my sweatshirt - while its on my arm...

I can see his teeth coming in so I will start to do half soaked and half straight kibble soon...
Only one of mine chews, even then it's only 4 or 5 crunches per mouthful which is about 3 kibbles at a time. She takes forever to eat. Plus she will not eat large kibble.

The rest pretty much inhale their foot. All this talk about water on food, the dog with the best teeth is the one who receives 1/2 can green beans at each meal and 3/4 cup small kibble. Hers is the wettest meal. The rest receive moisture on their food if I have something to share, like left over soup.

As for upchucking the food, I think activity and emotions at eating are other contributing factors.

s.
I would say Obe only chews about half of his food. He has started to slow down his eating technique to average speed compared to inhale as fast as possible.
Fred inhales his food like it is air also. Once he ate in such a rushed manner that he started to make a gagging sound and was kind enough to head for the nice living room to purge himself. I just thought to myself, "Good Boy Fred!"

Last year my toddler had a Rota Virus and now nothing phases me anymore.
deograine wrote:
Barkley got sick this morning and threw up, and I realized he is not chewing his kibble--he's eating it whole! 8O I know his teeth are fine--the vet said his teeth were in great shape. He chews on everything else--is there some reason he is not chewing his food?
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Ashay got sick this morning and threw up, and I realized he is not chewing her kibble--he's eating it whole! I know her teeth are fine.is there some reason she is not chewing his food?
I don't get what you're trying to say, guest. :(
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