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She gets a snack every afternoon, trying to keep her weight up. Sweet potatoes are good for dogs with kidney issues (and she loves them ), but I was having to put her tub of Gerber sweet potatoes on the floor because how do you raise something that size and shape, and so it won't tip over?
Today I took the Gerber box and cut a hole in it, and it works very well. Here is Olive with her new raised baby food table.
Why does she need this? She is a little tottery on her feet. She does better when she is walking, but if she has to stand still, that is harder, and putting her head down to eat something off the floor (like a normal dog bowl) makes her lose her balance. If the food is raised, she can keep her balance better, and I finally realized that she is also keeping her balance by having her nose inside the container now that she has the table to hold her baby food. If she falls forward, her nose bumps the back of the tub, and if she starts to go backward into a sit, her chin braces against the front of the tub. This way she can eat the whole thing without falling if the tub is anchored in the table.
This is even more true of the jar. When I gave her the jar of Gerber chicken this morning, I held it up for her with one hand, and steadied her from behind with the other hand. My hand holding the jar could tell how much she was bracing with her nose in the jar. Her nose is way down in the jar and it gives a lot of steadying to her from the front.
For this, you need the jar to be firmly anchored and not scoot away. The raw corrugated cardboard edge of the bottom of the box really stays in place on the carpet. I could have poured the jar into an empty sweet potatoes tub, but she enjoys eating out of jars.
(NOTE: Beech-Nut jars are slightly smaller in diameter than Gerber.)