US patent issued for 'gulp guard', a pet bowl device designed primarily for pet owners comprising of a bowl unit and an insert component

ALEXANDRIA, Virginia , February 18, 2014 () – United States Patent no. 8,651,055, issued on Feb. 18.

"Gulp guard" was invented by Sheri J. Dreger (Deer Trail, Colo.) and Kenneth W. Dreger (Deer Trail, Colo.).

According to the abstract* released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A pet bowl device designed primarily for pet owners comprises a bowl unit and an insert component. The bowl unit comprises an interior and exterior portion, with the insert component being positioned on the interior portion. The insert component comprises a top surface and a bottom surface and a plurality of individual openings positioned in a spaced apart relationship along the top surface. The plurality of individual openings is smaller in diameter than the bowl unit. The individual openings will divide up the serving size of pet food. Thus, the individual openings separate the food into smaller sections, which prevents the pet from opening their mouth wide enough to consume large gulps of food at once. Pets will then be forced to take smaller bites while eating, which slows down the rate at which the pet consumes its food and aids in the prevention of abdominal bloating (GDV)."

The patent was filed on June 13, 2012, under Application No. 13/495,118.

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