How many of you that feed dry kibble soak it before hand? I don't soak it, but am wondering if I should. I put Breezy's kibble in a muffin tin to slow her down. It has slowed her down a little. Just wondering if it would be better for her to soak the kibble first.
I think that the "bloat is less likely if you soak" comes from the rationale that adding water to dry kibble tends to slow some dogs down whilst inhaling their kibble, decreasing the amount of air that is ingested during mealtime.
From my understanding, this is adding water just before serving, not soaking the kibble until it is expanded and has absorbed all the water.
However, there is some evidence out there that suggests NOT soaking kibble that has CITRIC ACID as a preservative, as this increases the risk of bloat 4.2 fold (from the Purdue Bloat Study) in susceptible dogs.
NEVER SOAK or microwave dog food, soaking a food does not prevent bloat, that is a myth and not based in any science. Soaking/cooking this destroys the nutrients and probiotics sprayed on the outside of the kibble and destroying these can cause a nutritional imbalance, suppressed immune systems and actually serious deficiencies in a diet.