Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Homemade Pill Pockets for your dog

Our senior dog Jaeger has arthritis in his front legs, so he gets turmeric and yucca powder to help with the inflammation. I also have him on a wonderful supplement called Fresh Factor. 

He is usually pretty good about taking pills, and he loves the taste of the Fresh Factor supplement, but the turmeric and yucca, not so much. Because of the powder form, it is easy to mix them into pumpkin or can dog food. 

Recently I found this recipe for pill pockets online at the

 The Lazy Pitbull. I tried them out and they are awesome and super

 easy to make. 

Homemade Pill Pockets
 You can make them as needed. They contain only three ingredients that are usually found in most households: Peanut Butter, Coconut Oil and Oats (you can use Flour instead of Oats).
Use all three in equal amounts.

Ingredients for homemade Pill Pockets

I use my coffee grinder to make the oats into flour. If you like, you can substitute regular whole wheat flour, or almond flour. 

Mix everything together and then put in the refrigerator to let the dough harden. Roll the dough into small balls and use the handle of a wooden spoon to make small indentations for the pill.

Pill Pockets for dogs

Then you just need to put them in the freezer for about 20 minutes to keep their shape. If you want to make a larger amount, you can simply store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 months.

When you are ready to use one, let it get to room temperature, so it softens a bit, which makes it easy for you to insert the medication and pinch it shut. Now it's easy to feed to your lovely canine!

Check out some of our previous blogs on homemade dog biscuits and on Supplements for your senior dog

Here is the full Pill Pocket recipe:

  • ¼ cup Peanut Butter
  • ¼ cup Coconut Oil
  • ¼ cup oats made into flour + some for reserve
  • Liquefy Coconut Oil in Microwave.
  • Mix all ingredients together.
  • Place dough into the refrigerator for a few minutes to harden.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls.
  • Sprinkle 1 to 2 T of crushed oats (you can substitute with flour) onto wax paper and then roll each ball in the oats.
  • Use handle of a wooden spoon to push a small hole in the center of each ball (not all the way through, only about 1/2 way) to create your Pill Pocket.
  • Place Pockets on a tray in the freezer for about an hour so they retain their form.
  • You can then place the pill pockets, in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge until you're ready to use.
  • Store them in the refrigerator, they will keep for up to 3 months.
  • You can use flour instead of oats

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