08-26-2016, 10:14 AM
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If she prefers to sit down to eat, you might get a raised feeder for her, or you can either hold the bowl at a comfortable level/angle for her or prop it up on something if you don't want to buy a raised feeder. That way she doesn't have to bend down while sitting, which I would imagine is probably uncomfortable. When my old dog (who is small, but very creaky with arthritis) eats, we usually feed her on a plate, or if from a bowl, angle the bowl so she doesn't have to tip her head down over the side of the bowl. Sometimes she sits (or even lays down) to eat too. Rain mentioned feeding on carpet, and that's a big help, or a blanket, anything that will let her keep enough traction to stay still while eating.
It would be a good idea to visit the vet with her and see about putting her on a joint supplement (regularly) and maybe some NSAIDs or other pain medication (as needed). That way you might be able to alleviate some of her stiffness and discomfort, and make it easier for her to keep moving (which is important, old creaky dogs need to exercise within their limits to maintain mobility). There are some risks with NSAIDs, but most dogs do well with them and see huge improvements in quality of life, and you can monitor bloodwork for signs of illness if they take them regularly or over a long period of time.