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Old 03-15-2010, 08:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello everyone I noticed today that my 4 month old boxer spreads his front feet apart when he eats out of his bowl. He looks like a giraffe with his long legs and long body. He eats well weighing about 38 lbs and it doesn't seem to affect his eating but I am just curious because my great dane has to have a stand for his bowl. Does anyone use a stand to feed their boxers?

Also on a side note right now he is eating Iam's puppy food with a spoon fill of yogurt mixed in. Without the yogurt he won't even look at the food so I thought when he turns 1 I will give blue buffalo a try. Has anyone had any experience with that food?

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Old 03-15-2010, 09:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've read that food bowl stands can increase the risk of bloat...which can be deadly if not treated right away. I'm not sure why it increases it though, I've just read other threads about them.

And I'd also try to get him off Iams, check out www.dogfoodanalysis.com You'll see that Iams isn't really a good food. Puppies don't even need a puppy chow, most of them have really high levels of protein, which isn't good for young pups.
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I know, I always heard that the stand would help prevent bloat; now I hear the opposite. Geesh! I like the stands because it prevents water from going everywhere. But if it's dangerous, I'd surely switch back. You just never know what to believe anymore If anyone finds a more recent, comprehensive study on the issue, I'd be grateful to read it
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Yeah I keep hearing both sides too! That it prevents, then that it's dangerous. We compromised and now use a medium sized stand! Interested to hear if there is any new info as well! =)
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:20 PM   #5 (permalink)
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My understanding on the raised bowls is boxers have wide mouths and swallow alot of air increasing the risk of bloat, particularly in this breed....hope that helps.
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I have always heard it reduces chances of bloat and since Danes are very likely to get bloat that they should always be fed that way like you mentioned. I think as long as you do not let them run around and come back and eat and run around I would not think it would hurt. I do not use stands for my boxers but my friend breeds Danes and wont feed her dogs without it.. Yogart is good for the digestive system so if you are only putting a spoon full in with each meal it may not be a bad habit to keep going even as an adult.. I would switch from Iams I have never fed Blue Buffalo but a family that has a puppy I bred fed it and complained he had really bad gas and once they switched him his gas was a lot better but that is only one dog in one situation. I have never fed it... Good luck...
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Thanks for the update guys, I recently switched to blue buffalo with no yogart and he ate every late drop. I have never seen him eat like that since I got him so I was very happy. I weighed him today and he was 40 lbs exactly and only 9 days away from 5 months.

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