If you’re looking for some ways to get your dog to take medication, check out these homemade dog pill pocket ideas.
These DIY pill pockets can be cost effective and effective.
No cook, 100% all natural Pill pockets!
by Jill (Sunny Florida)
I love my pill chicken hearts! Rawfed for 8.5 years!
A life saver for me with several dogs taking supplements that only come in tablet form! Hearts! Chicken or rabbit hearts for very small dogs, and turkey hearts for big dogs, large pills and/or multiple pills.
I feed my dogs a raw diet, so I just poke the pill into the heart via the aorta stump (whitish tube coming out the top of the heart) OR you can use a small pair of scissors, meant for just that purpose, and cut a bigger hole using the aorta stump as a guide. Just cut down the aorta and make a hole *just* big enough to have to push the pill in tightly. That way the pill will slip into the heart ventricle itself and can’t back out easily!
My dogs love pill time, plus they get a little “food” so they don’t get a tummy ache.
Don’t want to feed raw? You can parboil the hearts in boiling water for a minute or two, then freeze/thaw as needed! You can find chicken and turkey hearts in most grocery or meat markets. Rabbit hearts can be found at many raw feeding retailers or meat rabbit dealers.
Dog “allergic” to chicken or turkey types of kibble? Try it raw as most kibble doesn’t use actual meat in their food. Raw food is often highly palatable and causes no issue in dogs “allergic” to certain proteins.
Make sure to wash hands and equipment properly when done!
Yummy DIY Pill Pockets
My Cavalier Spaniel never had a problem taking his meds when I’d coat them in a thin layer of this peanutty fudge.
It’s just sticky enough to hold the pill securely but not so messy as to be unpleasant to work with. I’d make up about 1/4-1/3 cup of the paste and keep it in a plastic zip bag in the fridge, just pinching off as much as I needed for each dosing.
I would usually make enough for 3-5 days of his medication, but I’m sure if I made more it would stay fresh for up to 3 weeks under careful refrigeration.
1. All Natural peanut butter (just peanuts and *maybe* salt), chunky style. Use salt-free if you’re treating a dog with congestive heart failure or certain other conditions. Ask your Vet about this, ok? The reason I specify ‘chunky’ is that the pills are easier to hide when the dog *expects* there to be tasty, crunchy bits in there, so won’t be suspicious when there’s a hard pill or capsule introduced with his med-treats. Always feed a few pieces to your patient w/out a pill first. Chum! Yes, chum is good!
2. Sweet Dairy Whey Powder* (you can buy this online, too, from Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur Flour if you can’t find it at a local store. It has a sweet milky flavor, is full of valuable nutrients plus is less likely to damage teeth, or encourage obesity than either sugar or corn syrup.
Put a good sized glob, 1/4 cup or more, of PB into a small mixing bowl, smear it out a bit, then sprinkle 2 tbsp of the whey powder onto it.
Stir in the powder into the PB with a fork until blended.
Keep repeating with additional 1-2 tbsp of whey until the texture is like cookie dough and it pulls away from the side of the bowl.
Let it rest 5 minutes at room temperature, then sprinkle some more whey powder in the bowl, knead it until you can roll it into a smooth ball and it’s no longer sticky. It’s now done!
Store in a plastic zipper bag in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.
Administering the Pill Pockitz:
Pinch a small amount of dough off the ball, roll it up in your palm, then flatten with your thumb to about 1/8″ thick. More is not necessarily better.
Place the pill in the center of the dough pancake and draw the edges around the pill like a pouch, pinching together at the top. Roll between your palms to seal and keep rolling it around in your hands until it’s totally covered up and a little peanut butter fudge ball!
Roll up another piece or two of dough, roughly the same size, but without pills inside if you’re just starting your dog with this new, but delicious, ‘stealth method’ of pill administration *bwaa-haw-haaaa…!*
Call your dog over and ask him/her to do their best trick, or give their cutest look. Tell them how GOOD they are and give them a piece of unloaded PB dough. Try again with another trick and reward with another unloaded PB fudge. What a GOOD DOG!!! Third times a charm, now ask them to do their easiest command (Watch me!), and this time they get the Grand Prize!
Goooooooood Dooooooooog!!! ~;
Catherine, what a wonderful way to get a dog to take medication! Thank you so much for taking the time to write out such detailed directions and for adding the photo of Bindi.
*Dry milk could work instead of the whey powder. It is usually obtainable at most grocery stores. (Your recipe sounds very similar to something I used to make called “Grandma’s Candy for us humans. This involved mixing peanut butter, dry milk and some honey and then freezing it for a healthy alternative to regular candy.)
All the best!
P.S. Check our July Dog Show on our home page for Bindi’s photo and the link to this page.