Happy 2nd birthday to my toy poodle, Winston! Winston was born October 17, 2009. We brought him home on New Year’s Day 2010. He was my birthday present from Andrew! He was eleven weeks old and only weighed 1.7 pounds when we brought him home. He is the sweetest little dog and hardly ever barks. He loves long walks, sitting on laps, playing with our yorkie Hemingway and playing with his toy frog.
When he was about six months old, we noticed that he started to favor his left leg and when he would run he would “bunny hop” and not put any weight on it. We took him to the doctor thinking that possibly he sprained his leg, only to find out that he had severe hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is very uncommon for smaller breeds and even more unusual for dogs of his age. The veterinarian told us that unless Winston underwent a Femoral Head Ostectomy he would eventually have such severe muscle atrophy that he would have to have the leg amputated. So when he was only eight months old, he underwent a Femoral Head Ostectomy. The head of his femur bone was removed and as scar and fibrous tissue formed so did a pseudo-joint.
The vet told us that with the severe muscle atrophy that Winston had that there was no guarantee that after the surgery he would ever use that leg again but that he would be pain-free. After the surgery his leg was taped up for about 2 weeks. When we untaped it he slowly started to use the leg again. Following the vets orders, I had Winston do water therapy in the bathtub twice a day. He would swim around our bath tub for 15 to 20 minutes strengthening the leg muscle that had become so weak. Eventually he began to putting more weight on his leg and today you wouldn’t even know he had surgery by looking at him. He walks, jumps, runs, and hops on his hind legs just like any other dog!
Since today is his second birthday I made him some of these Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits. Both Hemingway and Winston went crazy over these treats! They both love peanut butter so much that if they hear me open the jar they are at my feet in a split second! 🙂
One Year Ago: Apple Dumplings
Peanut Butter and Banana Dog Biscuits
- 1 egg
- 1/3 cup peanut butter
- 1/2 cup mashed banana
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/4 cup wheat germ
- 1/4 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 egg white, lightly beaten, for brushing
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Lightly grease a baking sheet.
- In a medium bowl, stir together the egg, peanut butter, banana, and honey. Stir in the flour, wheat germ and oats.
- Turn dough onto a floured surface and roll to 1/4 inch thickness. Using a cookie cutter, cut into desired shapes and place on prepared baking sheet. Brush with egg white.
- Bake until dried and golden brown, about 25-30 minutes, depending on size. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack.
Yields: 3 dozen (using a 1-inch cookie cutter)
Source: adapted from Allrecipes
Looking for more dog treats that your furry friend will love? Here are some of Hemingway and Winston’s favorite homemade dog treats: