Make Your Own Pet Pill Pockets

Pet pill pockets.

While it’s certainly convenient to simply purchase commercially made pet pill pockets, it’s not always economical for pet owners–or tasty for pets. Solving the problem of masking medication has never been easier than making your own pet pill pockets customized with your pet’s health (and taste buds) in mind.

The Grand Design

Pet pill pockets are, by design, very simple, but store-bought versions can add up fast for pet owners that need to give daily, or multiple medications, throughout the day (think $8-13 for 30 pockets). Similarly, pets that depend on medications for life can be keen on spitting out the required dose when it comes via a tasteless pill pocket.

Homemade pill pockets easier on the wallet, and the following instructions can be tailor-made to suit your pet’s tastes.

The Wonder of Three

Starting out, you might decide that three-ingredient recipes are the way to please your pet and effectively dose them. The combination of peanut butter, flour, and milk (or water) satisfy basic cravings and get the job done, to boot!

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of Xylitol-free peanut butter (chunky may hide the pill better) with 2 tablespoons flour and 1 tablespoon milk.
  • Roll into 12 bite size balls or cubes
  • Using a pencil eraser or the end of small wooden spoon, make an indentation into the middle
  • Slide medication into the pocket and cover up with dough
  • Store in an airtight container or Ziploc bag for a week or freeze for 3 months (be sure to thaw before giving them to your pet)

Excellent Substitutions

Any type of flour can be used, such as all-purpose, whole wheat, barley, coconut, or spelt. We strongly advise against yeasted, uncooked dough as it can be very dangerous to the gastrointestinal tract, but plain flour is perfectly safe.

Likewise, substitute cow’s milk for water or coconut milk. Lastly, if your pet doesn’t like peanut butter, try cooked ground meat or cheese.

DIY Pill Pockets

Making your own pet pill pockets allow you to be in full control of whatever your pet is eating. Many pill products contain corn, which can be an allergen for dogs. When you make your own pet pill pockets you save money, and you can guarantee that what your pet eats is healthy.

If you have any questions or concerns about pet pill pockets we are more than happy to talk with you. Bon(e) Appétit!