Stomach sucked in while eating?

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Postby Jenn » May 1st, 2006, 5:55 pm

When Maddie eats her dogfood, she seems to completely suck in her stomach, and looks like she is starving to death. She will look like an ehthipion or something, you can see her chest cavity and then nothing but a hole and her ribs and spine.. When she's done, back to normal. It's extremely strange, I haven't taken a picture of her since it looks like she's seriously starving to death. She's not in any way, shape or form! I've tried adding water to her food to make her slow down eating, but it didn't seem to make a difference. I've never seen a dog do this, and it's almost like she doesn't breathe or something until the food is gone. :| Anyone elses dog do this?
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Postby Marinepits » May 1st, 2006, 6:02 pm

Oh, lord, Shorty does this all the time -- she INHALES her food at lightning speed, and her belly remains tucked until she's done (that's about 10 seconds flat, LOL).
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Postby satanscheerleader » May 1st, 2006, 6:03 pm

I've seen it lots, especially with puppies for some reason. :|
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Postby rockermom » May 1st, 2006, 6:18 pm

Rocky has done same thing especially when a couple of months ago when he had more rib showing then you could really see that.
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Postby katiek0417 » May 1st, 2006, 6:19 pm

Yeah, you can see every one of Nisha's ribs when she eats...and she takes her time...
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » May 1st, 2006, 6:52 pm

Same with Inara!
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Postby Sue » May 1st, 2006, 6:54 pm

Same with Rory.... it's like we never feed her.
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Postby mnp13 » May 1st, 2006, 7:43 pm

Same with Connor, Riggs and Ruby.

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Postby msvette2u » May 1st, 2006, 7:44 pm

They always do that-I notice it at the shelter all the time. When Kona eats she looks like she's going to blow away...she's still on the thin side (still nursing!) but it's ridiculous how thin she looks then!
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Postby Purple » May 1st, 2006, 8:23 pm

Looks like you're in some pretty good company!
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Postby Jenn » May 1st, 2006, 10:04 pm

Purple wrote:Looks like you're in some pretty good company!


I'd say!! lol I've never seen a dog do it, and no other dog in my presence other than her. It's really pretty freaky, just glad to not be alone now!
I've always just accepted it, but a friend said something yesterday about it, so it started me wondering.
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Postby pitprincess » May 2nd, 2006, 7:20 am

Meesha does this too. She eats in like a second ...you would think I starved her.
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Postby BigDogBuford » May 2nd, 2006, 12:33 pm

They all seem to do this. I know a couple of rescue people who take pictures of their rescue dogs while they're eating to make them look as pathetic as possible for their listings. :|
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Postby Jenn » May 2nd, 2006, 1:04 pm

Well that's pathetic doing that, I'd much rather adopt a healthy dog, than one that looks like it's starving to death.
I've never had a dog that did it, and Ben doesn't nor Tucker. I had no idea it was so "common"...
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