Easy DIY Pill Pockets For Dogs To Make Medicine Time Stress-Free

Do you struggle with getting your dog to take their medicine…without drama? Then check out these DIY pill pockets. They only take a couple of minutes to make and can be easily customized to hide any size of pill.

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What is a Pill Pocket?

Imagine transforming medication time into a stress-free experience for both you and your beloved dog. This is where DIY pill pockets shine as an ingenious solution.

By cleverly hiding your dog’s medication inside delicious treats made from natural ingredients, you ensure they never miss their short-term or daily medication.

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The beauty of this simple recipe lies in its effectiveness and ease, making pill administration a seamless and pleasant task. Keep reading to discover an easy, homemade pill pocket recipe—gluten-free, dairy-free, and no-bake—that promises to transform medication time into a delightful moment, ideally erasing any and all stress (for both you and your pup!).

Ingredients

I just love the simplicity of this recipe, which only uses a couple of basic ingredients. For pet parents looking to combine healthy options with delicious flavors, check out this easy recipe that requires nothing more than:

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats

Read on to learn more about the benefits of these ingredients for your pup.

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Xtra Health Tip: Always check with your veterinarian before introducing new foods. Like people, all dogs are different, and their tolerance for these ingredients depends on numerous factors including age, allergies, health conditions, and more.

Peanut Butter

A staple in many pantries, natural peanut butter is not only a delicious treat for dogs but also a healthy fat source. Just make sure to opt for a brand without xylitol or other additives for your dog’s safety. 

Oat Flour

Rolled oats offer a fantastic way to add fiber to your dog’s medication time, making the pill pockets not just tasty but also beneficial for your pet’s digestion.

When shopping, just make sure to specifically grab rolled oats, rather than steel-cut or quick oats. Steel-cut oats have a firmer consistency. And quick oats (or instant oats) are generally more processed and may have added salt and sugar.

Xtra Health Tip: Xylitol is highly poisonous to dogs; even a small amount can be dangerous. Learn about other common food dangers here.

Supplies

For this recipe, you just need a few basics.

  • Measuring cups
  • Mixing bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • Food processor (optional if making your own oat flour)

Instructions for DIY Pill Pockets

Creating a hiding place for your dog’s pills is a breeze with this simple recipe, tailor-made for stress-free medication time.

Begin by mixing 1/4 cup of natural peanut butter with 1/3 cup of finely ground rolled oats (e.g. oat flour).

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Form the mixture into small balls, then gently press your dog’s medication into the center, resealing to form a perfect pocket. For those daily medication routines or one-off occasions when your pup is sick these homemade pill pockets offer a delicious treat your pup will adore, combining healthy ingredients with irresistible, delicious flavors.

And remember these pill pockets are completely customizable. Depending on the size of the pill, simply make the dough ball bigger or smaller.

Store them refrigerated in an airtight container (without the medication) to maintain their freshness and delectability. Voilà! Pill time is now a delightful experience for both of you, simplified by this healthy treat.

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Xtra Health Tip: Whenever serving treats, remember the 90/10 rule. At least 90% of your pup’s daily calories should come from balanced meals, leaving no more than 10% for the fun stuff.

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Healthy Substitutions

When it comes to homemade treats, the great thing is you can do some customizations according to your pup’s unique needs and preferences.

For example, if your dog is not too keen on rolled oats, quinoa flakes or finely ground rice flour can be excellent alternatives. They are both gentle on the tummy and still maintain the desired consistency for this DIY pet pill pocket recipe.

Similarly, while natural peanut butter is typically a crowd-pleaser among dogs for its delicious flavors and health benefits, some pooches might be allergic or simply not fond of it. In such cases, I’ve found that pureed pumpkin or mashed sweet potato can offer not only a creamy texture but also pack a nutritional punch.

You’ll just have to play around with the ratios a bit to get the consistency right. Regardless, of whatever substitutions you opt for, the point is to ensure pill time is a stress-free and delightful moment.

How to Make the Experience Fun and Stress-Free

Transforming medication time into a positive experience is easier than you might think with DIY pet pill pockets. By incorporating these homemade treats into a game, you turn what could be a stressful ordeal into an enjoyable activity for your pup.

The very first time your dog has this treat, I suggest feeding it to them without the medication. And make sure they behave as you normally expect them to when they get their favorite snack.

For example, I always ask Phoebe, Franklin, and Froda to at least sit before getting a treat (to calm them down a bit), and we sometimes also practice other helpful commands like “touch”.

Then, when it is pill time, still ask your pup to “sit”, “touch”, etc.

Rather than approach this moment with anxiety, approach it like you are about to give your pup some of the very best treats! I can’t tell you how well this worked with Phoebe.

With this simple change in my approach, it went from me carefully trying to coax her to take a pill and her managing to spit it out every time to her eagerly taking the pill (plus pill pocket), gulping it down without a second thought.

It’s a win-win: they get a delicious treat, and you rest easy knowing they’ve taken their medication hassle-free. And remember, a little extra praise or petting goes a long way in reinforcing positive associations with pill time, making these DIY pill pockets a staple in your home.

And the last point I’ll make is this. These pill pockets aren’t just for your medicated pup; they can become a healthy treat for all your dogs, doubling as tiny training rewards that are packed with healthy ingredients.

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DIY Pill Pockets

homemade dog pill pockets

DIY Pill Pockets

Yield: 15
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

These 2-ingredient pill pockets will transform medicine time into a drama-free experience.

Ingredients

  • ¼ peanut butter (xylitol-free)
  • ⅓ rolled oats

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly combine ¼ cup peanut butter with ⅓ cup rolled oats.
  2. Form the mixture into small balls (depending on the size of the medication).
  3. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container (without the medication) for up to 2 weeks.
  4. When it's time for your dog's medicine, push the pill into the center of a pill pocket. Reform the shape of the pill pocket as necessary.

Notes

  • Ensure the peanut butter doesn't contain xylitol, as this is highly toxic to dogs.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 13Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is an approximation.

FAQs: DIY Pill Pockets

What is the shelf life of these homemade pill pockets?

Homemade pill pockets, given their natural ingredients, can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, although this may be less depending on any substitutions you make.

Do I need to refrigerate the pill pockets?

Yes, refrigeration is advised. Keeping them chilled not only preserves them but also maintains the delicious flavors your dog loves. 

Can I adjust the size of the pill pockets for different dog pills?

Absolutely! The beauty of this DIY pet pill pocket recipe is its versatility. You can easily mold the mixture to accommodate the exact size of your dog’s medication, ensuring a perfect fit every time. 

What if my dog initially rejects the pill pocket?

If your dog turns up their nose at the pill pocket, try introducing the pocket as a regular treat first without the medication. This helps to build a positive association. Mixing in a bit of their favorite food can also make the pill pocket irresistible. 

What type of peanut butter and oats should I use?

Opt for natural peanut butter without any added sugars or xylitol, and use plain rolled oats. These choices ensure the pill pockets are not only a healthy treat but also safe for your dog’s consumption. 

Should the pill be mashed before being put into the pocket?

No, mashing the pill is not necessary. These pill pockets are soft and easily mold around the pill, ensuring your dog takes their medication without any hassle. 

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