|Is it finallyfood time?|
He has may things he can eat, and I've found a few different ways to feed him that works. This is one way - bottle feeding and using the Bailey Chair. He also can eat fine out of a bowl using the Bailey Chair, but these are pictures from before I learned that. This is a tutorial on how to prepare his food for bottle feeding and using the Bailey Chair. These images are a bit old - a few weeks at least. Since then we've moved to feeding in the Chair out of a bowl, then having him sit in an ex-pen in the room with me for 30 minutes while he digests. I'll do that in another post!
|A funnel makes it easy to pour his food in.|
|Cody takes meds with his meals, so those are added in.|
|Add in some water to make a soupy-slurry.|
|Grab some cheese to reinforce him remaining in the chair after he eats.|
|Add a bowl in to capture any drips as he eats.|
|The Bailey Chair works by elevating the dog and utilizing gravity to |
pull the food down the esophagus towards the stomach.
|Do a couple tricks just for fun!|
|With one hand against his upper knee I guide |
him into backing into the chair. Cody does this
mostly on his own now!
|He sits back into the chair...|
|Raises his paws up....|
|And I shut and latch the door.|
|We add in the tray (optional, sometime I do, sometimes I leave|
|I hold the bowl underneath to catch drips and gently |
squeeze the bottle to push the food out.
|A little help cleaning the bowl afterwards!|
|Cody can comfortably sit in the chair for 10 minutes after|
|Especially if he gets reinforced with cheese periodically!|
Cody's Bailey Chair was made by the extremely talented Brian and Lori Scott. When I appealed for help he stepped up and agreed to make it and even threw in the custom name! I am beyond grateful to them for the Bailey Chair has been vital in reducing Cody's reflux.
Stay tuned for another update on how Cody eats - still using the Chair, but only for a couple minutes as he eats this time!