Pill Pockets For Dogs – Why do we need pill pockets? If you were not already aware, Hendrix has been taken out of commission for the summer hiking season, with a torn ACL. Surgery was necessary and we are now home, in the recovery phase. To ensure the best possible outcome,
which will be pain-free and a full recovery, Hendrix is being given several medications daily, for now. As do most dogs, Hendrix has figured out how to spit out his pills when given several different ways, besides these pill pockets.
While I am all for convenience at this point in my life, I felt that I just couldn’t justify the cost of a pre-made products, when I realized how easy it really is to make these at home. If you prefer, I have tried these (affiliate link) with success.
This recipe calls for only 3 ingredients, which is a real plus for me. I am not really much of a “kitchen kitten”, so simple is my first must in a recipe. Each item cost approximately $4.00. So, if you were to use all the contents in each item, it would still be a bit less than purchasing 1 bag of pre-made pill pockets.
These are the ingredients that I used, which can all be substituted for like ingredients, although I don’t know what the consistency would be, which is important so the pill pockets can be easily manipulated.
Suggested substitute might be coconut milk.
I usually use all natural peanut butter for my dog recipes but did not have any on hand, and really needed the pill pockets. ***Be sure, whatever peanut butter you use, that is does not contain Xylitol, a sweeter that can be found in some peanut butter and yogurt.
Some dogs are allergic to some flours. You can even find gluten-free flour, so choose the one that is best for your dog.
I love when a recipe says this: Mix all ingredients together in one bowl! Then place on a flat surface that is dusted with flour. Roll out dough into a 1/4″ rectangle, and then roll into a log.
You will want to roll your dough log according to desired size. The size needed for your pill pockets will depend on size of your dog(s), and size of pills to be given. The dough is easy to manipulate so you may want to try a couple of times, to get your perfect size.
After you have your dough in a log, then slice the log into sections. Again, the size will be determined by above specifications. I sliced mine about 1/4 to 1/2″ thick. I used a Sharpie, covered in a baggie, to shape the pill pockets around.
This recipe made 32 medium to large pill pockets. I found that the pill pockets were even more easily manipulated after being in the fridge for a bit. I placed mine in fridge, in the dish, and after they firmed up a bit, I was able to place them all in one baggie for storage.
When ready to give medications, just place pill(s) in your home-made pill pockets like this.
Then roll into a nicely sealed ball. Doing this helped Hendrix not be able to spit out the pills. So far I have had a 100% success rate at getting down his medications with these pill pockets.
I love knowing exactly what is in these pill pockets. I also love knowing it is okay to give non-infused pill pockets to the other dogs, so they don’t feel left out. Hendrix is also has severe allergies, which is yet another reason to know for sure, exactly what is in anything that I f