My name is Dr. Kristen Andrews and I’ve been a veterinarian for 24 years, practice owner for 20 years, and pug mom for 17 years.
I see a lot of brachycephalic dogs in my practice, especially pugs. So many of them have neck and back issues as well as issues eating out of regular bowls due to their short noses.
I experienced this with my own pug Chubbs as she started to age and have spinal issues. I started with elevating her food and water bowls, but the stand had the bowls inset into them and still made it difficult for her to eat and drink out of them. I then put her food and water dishes on top of the stand and that helped but it wasn’t perfect.
Later in life she had to use wheels and that prevented her from being able to get close enough to her food and water dishes easily. She also would move her food into her bowl so she couldn’t reach it. I purchased a slanted bowl to help but we still had challenges with her being able to get her wheels up to it in the correct position.
Eventually she became less interested in eating as it was a challenge which was heartbreaking as mealtime had always been her favorite thing in life! I eventually had to start hand feeding her in order to get her to eat. She was losing weight as a result of all of this. She passed away right before her 15th birthday.
I recently put on a pug convention- Vegas Pug Party in March 2019. Debra asked to be one of our vendors and showed me her fluff trough.
It addressed all of the concerns and challenges that I had with Chubbs and that other pug and brachycephalic owners have.
I was very excited for people to get to see and try out the product at the convention and it was a huge success! As soon as they were available, I received one and immediately switched my new pug Saty over to it. It is the perfect height for pugs, and it is so easy for them to eat out of as they can walk right up to it and easily access their food without having to lean over in awkward positions.
I love the silicone insert that makes it easy to clean without having to put the entire trough in the dishwasher. And the design makes it so the food doesn’t move into remote corners where it is difficult for short noses to reach. This would have truly solved all of the problems I had with Chubbs if it had been on the market back then. I’m so excited to recommend and share the Fluff Trough with my clients and also all of our followers on Social Media. It’s also been wonderful reading all the stories online from pug and other brachycephalic owners about how the Fluff Trough is helping their pets have better quality of life which is what we all want for our 4-legged kids.
Dr. Kristen Andrews
I have been a pug parent for 13 years and a small animal veterinarian for 7 years. Even before I became a veterinarian I have always been looking for new products to benefit the health and well-being of my pugs. Even from a young age my now 13-year-old pug Millie has always been a fast eater. I have tried numerous different “slow down” feeder bowls but I always had issues with them either not working for her flat face or now that she’s older it is difficult for her to maneuver around them to get to her food. When I discovered the Fluff Trough I knew this was something I needed to try for her. Now not only does she eat slowly but she doesn’t have to walk around her bowl to be able to eat. I would recommend the Fluff Trough to any dog parent that has a geriatric brachycephalic that has difficulty bending their necks to eat or difficulty walking.
Now my 2-year-old pug Noelle is an entirely different story. She is a voracious eater and can literally eat her food in 7 seconds. The original Fluff Trough slowed her down slightly but even if I would spread out her food she still had it gone in seconds. This has caused issues with her vomiting her food whole and almost choking. This is obviously a concern for any pug or dog parent, but being a veterinarian I have seen a brachycephalic dog come in with aspiration pneumonia from eating too quickly. I was so excited to learn that there was going to be a binge blocker slow feeder available. As soon as it came in the mail I put it to the test. IT WAS AMAZING! Noelle’s eating time is now 3 times longer than usual. She has not vomited once since she’s started eating out of the binge blocker. Knowing that she is now digesting her food better makes me ecstatic as both a pug mom and veterinarian.
I’m so glad to have found both the original Fluff Trough and the Binge Blocker Slow Feeder for my pugs. I will absolutely recommend these products to my clients with brachycephalic breeds as they have made me feel so much better knowing my pugs are eating out of safe, non-toxic bowls that have improved not only their digestion but also the quality of their eating experience.
Thank you FLUFF TROUGH!
Jamie L. Johnson, DVM