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Homemade Pill Pockets for Dogs Grain Free

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How to make homemade pill pockets for dogs.  I made mine grain free with coconut flour, but you can use regular flour.  I used a natural peanut butter with flax seeds and chia seeds to promote skin health.

Nacho is my 10-year-old chihuahua.  He's my forever baby.  The kids joke that he's my favorite child because he's so spoiled.

Last June, he had two seizures.  I rushed him to the vet, but we didn't start seizure medicine.  In November, he had several big seizures in one day, which required a trip to the doggy emergency room and finally starting on seizure medicine.

At first, Nacho loved his morning and evening treats.  He would happily take the treat and the pill and then ask for more.  

He soon figured out that I was hiding treats in his cheese, so he would spit it out and then ask for more.  



It's not fun to get a pill in him.  Before he was grain free, I would use peanut butter on a small piece of bread.  Now we use cheese or a small piece of meat leftover from dinner.  

I tried the pill pockets, but they are expensive.  They would get hard before he used them up, so they got dry and hard and he wouldn't eat them.  

So I made my own homemade pill pockets for dogs.  I made mine grain free, but you can make them with regular flour if your dog isn't grain free.  

Homemade Pill Pockets for Dogs Grain Free


Although I made these specifically to be pill pockets for dogs, they can be just a treat.  If your pup only needs pills for a few days, you won't need to waste the leftovers.

If you'd rather just make treats, try one of these 31 dog treat recipes.

How Do You Make a Dog Pill Pocket?


It's so easy!  You'll need peanut butter, a liquid, and a flour.  I used coconut flour, but you can use whole wheat or white flour.  

This makes a soft treat, so the dogs are less likely to notice the pill tucked inside.


Are Pill Pockets Good For Dogs?


They are a treat and should be used sparingly.  For me, the benefits of getting the pill in him without a struggle outweighs few extra calories he gets from these homemade pill pockets for dogs.

I used a natural peanut butter with no added sugar.  It also has flax seeds and chia seeds to promote skin health, so they are healthier than store bought treats I think.

Can You Freeze Pill Pockets?


These homemade pill pockets will last until the expiration date of the milk.  If you make extras, you can freeze them for later.  

These should freeze up to three months.  Remove a few at a time and let thaw in the fridge before using them.  

Flour


Nacho is grain free for now, so I used coconut flour.  He loves it in his treats.  It's what I used in these pumpkin grain free dog treats.

If your dog can have wheat, you can use white or whole wheat flour in place of the coconut flour.

Peanut Butter


I recommend using a natural peanut butter.  I picked up one at Aldi that has chia seeds and flax seeds.  Trader Joe also has a natural peanut butter with flax and chia, but it has added salt.  Nacho loves it in treats and from the spoon while he's getting his bath.  

He has skin issues, so I like that it has flax and chia to help promote skin health.

No matter which peanut butter you choose, make sure you don't use one with Xylitol.  It's a sweetener that's safe for humans but can be potentially harmful for dogs.


Special Notes and Tips


If you're using a natural peanut butter, add 0.5 to 1 tablespoon additional milk because it will be crumbly.  The mixture should hold its shape similar to a cookie dough without being too moist.

If it's still crumbly, place the dough in the fridge until cold.  Then try again.  

If your dog takes a large pill, poke a hole and then wiggle it around to make the hole bigger.  

These won't be pretty, but I can guarantee you that your dog won't care.  Nacho just loves them.  He swallows it before he even realizes that there's a pill to spit out.  

Every time I open the fridge, he's right there looking for one of these homemade pill pockets.

Not ready to make your own?  I get it.  Nacho liked the Greenie's pill pockets the best.

Pill Pocket Ingredients



Pill Pocket Directions


Step #1


Combine the flour, milk, and peanut butter in a small bowl.



Step #2


Mix well until it is fully incorporated.  I like to finish by kneading it by hand.



Step #3


Pinch off dough to make about 12 small balls of dough.



Step #4


Roll the dough into a ball.  Create a pocket by pushing a skewer or the end of a meat thermometer in them and then wiggle around.



Step #5


Place in the fridge until ready to use.  Store in the fridge for one week or until the expiration date of the milk.

I made two batches for these photos, so you will get fewer homemade pill pockets with just one batch.



Freeze leftovers up to three months.  Thaw in the fridge before giving to your dog.

If you're wanting to make homemade pill pockets for dogs, then I'm sure you love your pet.  As much as we love our pets, they can be messy.  Here are some tips on how to keep your house clean when you have pets.


dogs, pets, pill pockets, diy
Yield: 12
Author: Cari @ Koti Beth
Estimated cost: $5

Homemade Pill Pockets

prep time: 5 Mperform time: 20 Mtotal time: 25 M
Homemade pill pockets with three ingredients.

materials:

tools:

  • Bowl
  • Spoon

steps:

  1. Combine the flour, milk, and peanut butter in a small bowl.
  2. Mix well until it is fully incorporated. I like to finish by kneading it by hand.
  3. Pinch off dough to make about 12 small balls of dough.
  4. Roll the dough into a ball. Create a pocket by pushing a skewer or the end of a meat thermometer in them and then wiggle around.
  5. Place in the fridge until ready to use. Store in the fridge for one week or until the expiration date of the milk.

NOTES:

Add more water or milk if they don't stick together.

Place in the fridge to help them get firm.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, and several chickens. She loves Gilmore Girls, glitter, coffee, and her kids. But not in that order.