What to Do if Your Dog Eats a Bag Full of Dog Food

What happens when they eat that much?

Most dogs are able to stop eating when they are full because they eat slow enough. When they feel full, they stop eating. There are some dogs, and some breeds, that don’t listen to this “off switch” from their stomach, and they keep eating. Labrador Retrievers are one such breed. When a dog eats too much dry dog food, the food gets into their stomach and combines with the acid in there. It begins to expand. As it expands, it starts to push out on the stomach walls, stretching and distending them. The dog may continue to eat despite the pain they are now in. Gas is also created as the food begins to break down, further adding to the pressure building in the stomach. If they goes unchecked, the dog’s stomach can rupture open, spilling the food into his gut. This can kill the dog if it’s not immediately taken care of.

What can you do?

If you notice your dog’s stomach has swollen and there is little dog food left in the food bag, you can bet he has eaten too much. It will look like your dog has swallowed a basket ball. Immediately take your dog to the veterinarian. The vet will try several things depending on the situation. He may try to pump the stomach, removing some of the food. He may also try to induce the dog to vomit. He also may just give the dog fluids and keep the dog for observation.

How do you prevent this?

The best way to prevent your dog from over eating is to keep your dog food in a secure container that the dog cannot open. Pet stores sell a variety of dog food containers, making this an easy fix. Keep the dog food in a dry place in this container and hopefully your glutinous pooch will not be able to get into it and gorge himself.

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