Kirby takes two beneficial "treats" on a daily basis - his multivitamin and his hip & joint support - which I now purchase in chewy treat forms. He used to have take them in pill form which I had to place in Greenies Pill Pockets to trick him into eating them. I tried dipping them in peanut butter but he was smart enough to lick it off and spit out the pill.
I'm fortunate he's a healthy dog but I know there are many dogs who require daily pills for certain illnesses. Pills that have to be disguised in order to be taken and not forced or spit out. The Greenies cost $7.99 for 30 small pill pockets or $9.99 for 30 large pill pockets and contain corn products which are considered one of the top three allergens for dogs. Why not make your own which are quick and easy, cheaper, and healthier?
PB Pill Pockets
Calories from fat: 9
- 2 tablespoons brown rice flour*
- 1 tablespoon milk**
- 1 tablespoon smooth peanut butter
- Place ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly with a spoon.
- Form into balls. I went a step further and formed squares using my fingers but this is totally not necessary.
- Use the end of a wooden spoon to make small pockets in the center of each.
- Slide pill into pocket and squeeze dough to cover.
*Any fine flour will work: whole wheat, coconut, spelt, barley, etc.
**If your dog is dairy intolerant use almond milk or coconut milk.
You can also make them in larger quantity using a 2:1:1 ratio. They will last in an air tight ziplock bag in the refrigerator for about a week or can be frozen for up to three months. Just be sure to let them thaw out before using.
Dogs should never eat raw bread dough but raw flour is safe since there is no yeast which can cause it to expand in the gut and can cause alcohol poisoning.