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2/10/12 1:34 P

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Our young male is super-skittish... he's afraid of his metal bowl as well, so sometimes I give him the plastic one with a rubber bottom. Unfortunately, our female will ONLY eat from that bowl, so I don't often get to switch them out.

Regarding bloat and raised feeders -- greyhound owners really should consider a raised feeder. If you don't have one or can't purchase, you could easily use a cardboard box, a stepstool, or even a chair with a dishtowel on it to guard against splatter (for all those messy eaters). Hard food should also really be soaked to help with bloat... it's not absolutely necessary but more of a precaution, especially for fast eaters.

Regarding fast eaters... another trick I heard of was to place a small plastic dish or piece of tupperware upside down in the feeding bowl so it slows them down. It works great!

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12/9/11 4:13 P

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My wife is an ex vet tech for over 10 years. She was very insistant that we get both our grey and our dobe raised bowls. She's seen what happens with bloat first hand.

Glad to hear things with the "bowl of doom" have settled down!




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12/6/11 4:28 P

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I guess I'll wait and see how he does as he ages. He gets an assortment of chicken parts, pork ribs, ground beef, etc. His favorite is ground beef, so he eats that first, then removes everything else from the bowl to make sure that he got all the beef. Then he picks through what's on the towel that I set out for him. He usually eats everything as long as there's a variety. He's not spoiled though.

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12/6/11 4:05 P

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I have heard that a raised food bowl can decrease the incidence of bloat in large dogs. That being said, we have never used one.

Our first two greyts ate standing up with the bowl directly on the floor. Our current greyt eats laying down so definitely no problem there. My non-greyt (also a large dog) dumps his food all over the floor to eat no matter what type of bowl or height of the bowl...go figure


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12/6/11 2:01 P

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When we adopted Ember they said she should use one, so we went with it. I assumed it is similar to what they used at the track. The benefits of a raised food dish are hotly debated. Some think it helps prevent bloat in large dogs, others think it can contribute to bloat in some cases.

If you wanted to try it, I know they sell them in all sizes, and some even have adjustable risers so you could adjust the height incrementally, but if he's comfortable eating from the ground and isn't inhaling a lot of air when eating I would say not to worry too much, or check with your vet or rescue group to see if it could cause issues as he ages.

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12/6/11 1:01 P

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I'm glad you found a solution. The things they put us through!!!

Should I be using a stand for my grey's dish? He's really tall and will be 4 next month. I don't want to freak him out with something new to adjust to, but then I also don't want to cause back or neck problems.

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12/6/11 11:56 A

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I laid a dish towel over the metal frame last night to suppress any rattling noises...she was still very cautious in her approach and only took a few bites before circling the kitchen table and then staring at her food from afar. Then, it dawned on me-her tags were banging the side of the metal bowl when she would lean over to eat, and her newly acquired rabies tag is longer and heavier (and therefore louder) than the others. So I took off her collar and she proceeded to finish her meal. She was still a little leery about licking any bits that were stuck to the bowl at the end, so I removed the bowl from the stand so she could clean it to her heart's content but a little later she went back for water without issue (I dont think she drank much water yesterday since the bowl was so terrifying) and I put treats in her bowl after her walk and she had no issues.

So I think I will try this combination of collar removal and dish towel wrapping for a few days and see if the phobia subsides. I can only wonder what any outsiders would think if they saw me go through this process every meal. Gotta love the greys!

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12/6/11 11:33 A

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I'd never heard of fear being associated with the aftereffects of a vaccine. Tho maybe it's more to do with the trauma of the vet's visit than the actual shot. Grey's ARE a bit on the neurotic side(putting it kindly.) Sometimes if I move too quickly in the kitchen, Morty will try to scramble out of the way. But we have a smooth floor in the kitchen, so he does his Scooby Doo impression... all four legs scrambling wildly, while he doesn't actually GO anywhere!

I would agree with the suggestion of wrapping the bowl in something.. maybe felt from the craft store. Or you could just glue the bowl to the frame, so falling out or clanging around isn't an option.;




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12/5/11 5:46 P

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Have another break. I wanted to add that my vet refused to give all the shots at once to my boxer/beagle mix because we know she has allergies. Maverick didn't get "everything" either and he still got "itchy" and a little weird. I'm going with the three year protocol on both of them, so Maverick will just get his wellness check in January. Sadly, vaccinations are a huge source of income for vets. My vet is just working to make payroll in this economy.

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12/5/11 5:34 P

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Interesting about the vaccinations. Sorry I should laugh about the skittish meals but I can't help it. I think it would take a lot for our little girl NOT to eat. She can be skittish but so far not during meal time.

I like the idea of a cloth around the bowl to help cut down on the noise.

Hope things return to normal soon

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LOL, I know what you mean. I'm a member of some pet wellness groups on yahoo and there's been a lot of talk about the side affects of vaccinations. Fear and aggression are a couple of the stranger ones, but it seems to be pretty common.

The vaccination protocol has changed to every three years now for most vaccines and I think it's in part to the health problems from over vaccination. I almost lost a lab to autoimmune hemolytic anemia which is caused by over vaccination. Maverick got his shots last January and I definitely noticed some behavioral issues and itchiness. That's when he had the tail thing too. Have to get back to work, so interested to see what others have to say. Gotta love 'em!

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12/5/11 4:54 P

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LOL. I figured that only other greyhound owners could understand. She went in for all her shots about 4 weeks ago. Is it a possible side effect of something? She was vaccinated for the rabies, bordatella, lyme, and I opted for the Leptospirosis since she sniffs and chews things in the back yard.

Her skittish behavior during meal time has only happened a few times, and tonight for dinner she'll probably be fine. But since it seems so traumatic for her, it makes me feel terrible...when I'm not laughing.


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And I thought we had the only crazy greyt. Maverick actually got scared when his tail touched his butt while he was eating. It only went on for a couple of days and then he went back to normal. He is so skittish though, that I've been working on desensitizing him before he seriously injures us or himself. 85 pounds of leaping bone and muscle are a force to be reckoned with.

Could you place a piece of cloth around the bowl to eliminate the noise? Has she been vaccinated recently?

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Seriously. We've had ember for nearly a year and everything has been great. Within the last week, she has started licking her food bowl so voraciously (no change in diet or amount of food being given) that it rattles but doesn't fall or spill, and the noise sends her running into the living room and she then refuses to go back and finish her food. I have taken her bowl out of the elevated feeder and brought it to her, and then she will continue to eat. Today she scared herself again, and wouldn't finish her meal, even after I brought it to her in the living room. This is only the second time that this has happened, but I'd like to save her the stress of the noisy breakfast :) .

Has anyone else had this problem?

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