Homemade Dog Pill Pockets – save money and time running to the store or vet by making your furry friend his own pill pockets with just three simple ingredients you already have in your home!
Your pup will see these DIY Pill Pockets as a treat and you’ll have peace of mind that he’s taking his meds!
We have a dog on meds. Do you?
PLEASE NOTE: There is a widespread concern that raw flour can be hazardous not only to human health, but your dog’s health as well. Also, PLEASE make sure you’re using a peanut butter that DOES NOT contain Xylitol as it can be fatal.
As we’ve never had an issue feeding these Homemade Pill Pockets to our pups, I encourage you to do your research and make your own call.
A few years ago, I worked as an office manager in a busy vet clinic and I was amazed, to say the very least that so many animals were on medications. I had absolutely NO idea that cats and dogs could have just as many health issues as humans.
I really think that sometimes I live under a rock or maybe I’m just too naive. Or both.
So now, we have two pooches of our own – Golden Retrievers, one age 10 and the other almost 2.
Aren’t they the cutest?
They really are the best of friends and have such a great time together. I honestly can’t imagine what one would be like without the other at this point. They each have their little quirks and their personalities are awesome.
The older one, named after our favorite (yet at this point controversial) Patriot’s quarterback, was the family’s very first dog. He’s a love muffin and so smart, too. We’ve been able to teach him a lot of tricks and he’s very obedient.
One night after the family was outside with neighbors, we came into the house to get ready for bed when I realized Brady was nowhere to be found. I opened the front door to call for him and there he was, just sitting there wagging his tail waiting to be let it.
How’s that for a good boy?
The younger one, Keiser, actually belongs to our daughter who is away at college. Unfortunately, it’s frowned upon keeping a dog in your dorm room (go figure), so the “grandparents” are keeping an eye on him until further notice.
He looks innocent and wide-eyed in that picture from his puppy days but, trust us, he’s the mischievous one.
Granted he is still somewhat of a pup because he’s under two, but I also think it’s mostly his nature.
He’s a wee bit reckless at times as you can see below when he wrestled with a porcupine. Other times, he’s an absolute goofball, reminding me of Willoughby the dog who says, “Which way did he go, George? Which way did he go?” If he could talk, I’m certain that’s what he would sound like.
So this guy pictured above is on meds. He needs a pill three times a day, every day. Hence, we go through a lot of pill pockets!
DIY Pill Pockets
When I first purchased pill pockets, I thought they were one of the greatest things invented. The dog needs a pill? Hide it in the pocket, smush the thing shut and voila!
Dog eats pill, but thinks he’s getting a treat! Score! It seemed like a win for all of us. My dog was happy and I was content knowing he was getting the medicine he needs to stay healthy.
Then reality set in.
As if spending money on medication for dogs isn’t enough, you need to purchase something to disguise the pill because they most certainly aren’t going to swallow the thing on it’s own as we humans do.
You know what that means?
This medication for dogs thing can take a toll on your pocketbook. I love our pooches and would do anything for them, but OUCH. They can be pricey.
So, like I do, I went to work figuring out if I could make these things at home. I know some people have success just wrapping a pill in a piece of bread or other food, but Keiser had grown used to these pill pockets! I wanted him to keep having the treats he enjoyed so much.
I found out that it’s actually super duper simple to make your own dog pill pockets to keep my bank account as happy as my pup.
Now I’ve discovered that I can make these wonderful things at home and the great thing is that they work just as well. You won’t believe how stinkin’ easy it is either!
All you do is combine milk, peanut butter and flour to make a dough, then divide the dough into small balls. Using a small thermometer or similar object, you poke a hole in the middle of the dough polls big enough to conceal the pill.
- 1 tablespoon milk
- 1 tablespoon creamy peanut butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- In a small bowl, combine the milk, peanut butter and flour.
- Mix until completely combined.
- After it comes together well, I found it best to knead it with my hands to complete the process.
- Divide the dough into 12 small balls.
- I found it easiest to use the tip of a meat thermometer to make the hole and wriggle that around to enlarge the opening.
- Store in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
- They will keep until the expiration date of your milk.
I rate everything I make on a scale of 1 -4 with 4 being the best.
These Homemade Dog Pill Pockets earned 4 rolling pins!
I loved them that much because they’re so very inexpensive to make. Making your own pill pockets for dogs only requires three ingredients, all of which I had right here in the house!
Oh, and the thing I’m most happy about – that Keiser loved them just as much as the store bought ones. YAY!!
I actually divide them in half because half the pocket is more than enough to conceal a small pill. Plus, then I can give the remaining half to Brady so he doesn’t feel left out.
If your pup is taking capsules then one will be plenty large enough to hold it.
Both Brady and Keiser gobbled their pill pockets with enthusiasm. I think they’d agree this DIY recipe deserves the 4 rolling pin rating, too.
Along with being super easy to make, this recipe is adaptable to your dog’s needs. If your pet has allergies to wheat you can substitute your favorite wheat flour alternative.
If they’re allergic to peanut butter, sub pumpkin or banana puree. Avoiding giving your dog dairy? Almond and coconut milk both work just as well as whole milk in this pill pocket recipe.
More Homemade Dog Treats
If you like these homemade pill pockets for your dogs, then you’ll love these Peanut Butter Banana Treats. I love baking for my doggies just as much as I love baking for people in my life.
I’ve never met a dog who doesn’t start wagging their tail like wild when their favorite person is holding a Dog Cake. These Chicken and Cheese Dog Treats are yet another hit with the canines in our house.
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