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Bison Bisquick Doggy Delights

September 10, 2013

Last week, my sweet puppy came in from playing outside at the ranch and when he trotted up to me, I noticed a giant tennis ball sized lump on his right front shoulder that had not been there mere minutes before. Assuming at first glance he’d dislocated something, I felt around and realized it was actually a large lump under this skin. Since it appeared so fast, we decided he had been stung by a bee, so I gave him some benadryl and kept and eye on him for the day. When it was slightly larger the next morning, we headed to the vet.

Bloodtests showed all of his levels were dangerously high or dangerously low. Too many white cells, next to no red cells, too much sodium, no iron, tons of neutrocytes (infection fighting cells) and a fever of 105. The knot on his shoulder turned out to be an abscess full of infected bloodcells. Dr. Craig got right to work removing the abscess and nearly six hours after we arrived, I left the vet with a woozy, hydrated  puppy and four bottles of various pain meds, anti-inflammatory and antibiotics.

A week later, hes doing much better! In fact, he has more energy than ever and we have been enjoying lots of hikes. We go back next week for another blood test to make sure his weird levels were from the infection and hopefully not a genetic thing.IMG_9187

And since he is being royally spoiled, I figured what better way than to make him some treats! I wanted to find a recipe that involved red meat so we could do a little upkeep on his anemia. So I went out and got some bison…yes.IMG_9178

Bison Bisquick Dog Treats:

1 cup cooked bison (or beef)

1 cup quick cooking oats

1 ¼  cup baking mix (such as Bisquick)

½ cup pumpkin

Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Mix all ingredients together in a mixing bowl and stir well. Using a cookie scoop or table spoon measure, spoon out into round balls on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15-18min until golden brown. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Makes: 24

When they came out of the oven, I broke one in half so it would cool faster and then it was time for the test! He loved them. In fact, he spent the next half hour staring at the oven door from whence they came, wondering why more weren’t magically appearing in front of his mouth. I even tried one, and I give it my approval. For humans, I’d add some garlic and some cheese, but lets not get ahead of ourselves here. :]IMG_9172

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Enjoy!

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