Please note this is not an affiliate post.
I’ve been tossing up whether or not to buy a Slo-Bowl for a good while, as (what with Australian pricing) the cost seemed a little steep at $24AUD for a dog food bowl. But 2 weeks ago I decided to finally give it a go, and I am very that glad I did!
The Slo-Bowl is a great little product which stops your dog from being able to gulp their food. The series of rivets keep the muzzle from touching the bottom of the bowl, so the dog has to really work for their meal.
Our Spaniel Peppa is unbelievable in her ability to quite literally “breathe in food”. She would easily gulp her way through an entire breakfast in under 20 seconds, and then wait for our other dog, JR, to walk away from his food so she could eat whatever he had left. I always worried about the negative effects of this habit, such a bloat and constant over eating, not to mention the food possession it encouraged in JR after being pestered all the time!
The first time I used the slo-bowl I was so happily surprised by its impact on Peppa’s eating, I felt sure it would slow her down, but hadn’t realised just how much fun she would have with it! Her tail was wagging the whole time while foraging for her breakfast
The Slo-Bowl comes in a range of colours and two different sizes (standard and mini). I opted for the Mini in Mulberry, as Peppa has quite a small muzzle and the large seemed like it would be too easy!
After using everyday for 2 weeks I have found the main benefits of the Slo-Bowl to include:
- Dramatically slowing down eating time
- Makes meals stimulating and fun!
- The bowl is easy to clean and dishwasher safe
- The plastic is durable and phthalate free
- Fits a normal volume of food (relative to size)
- It looks great!
The only improvement (I say improvement because it’s not serious enough to be called an “issue”) I think could be made to this bowl is the addition of extra non slip material to the bottom. The bowl doesn’t slide around excessively, but it does somewhat. This can of course be quickly remedied by feeding on a textured surface like carpet or grass.
To demonstrate the real benefit of these bowls, I have put together a little video to show the dramatic difference the bowl really makes to how quickly dogs are able to eat their food. See for yourself!
In conclusion, I would 100% recommend this product if you have a dog who wolf’s down their dinner. The bowls are available from the company website and most large pet shop chains.
Have you tried this product? How did it work for your dog? Let me know!