My dogs have gotten pretty smart. I give them supplements daily and have used a variety of techniques to get them to swallow their pills. Marshmallows, peanut butter, cheese, cold cuts, cream cheese, yogurt, hot dogs and commercial pill pockets. Each was either messy, expensive, or both. Finally I found a recipe for making my own pill pockets that was cheap, easy and tidy.
I forgot what the original proportions were – I just want something I can throw together without thinking too much. So I took one whole “tube” of liverwurst, one whole package of cream cheese, and three approximate handfuls of shredded wheat and mixed it all together in a bowl. Stick it in the fridge overnight and it turns into this putty that’s easy to scoop and form around pills. The taste is irresistible to every dog I’ve tried it on. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
I can get around 4 packages’ worth of commercial pill pockets from one batch — doing the math, that’s basically $1.95 vs. $7.26 if you were to buy a pack of Greenie’s Pill Pockets — minus the unknown qualities of the ingredients.