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Make Your Own Pill Pockets

how to make cheap pill pockets







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.


3 comments… add one
  • My dobie has a heart problem and is on a NO SALT diet – what would you suggest for this recipy as a subsitute for the liverwurst? Thank you

  • Thank you for your question, Bev! Since cream cheese has sodium as well, perhaps you could try using fresh fruit, cooked meat (obviously without using salt), or no-salt peanut butter. You can also ask your vet if they know of a compounding pharmacy that could create a poultry or liver flavored version of the medicine. One of my clients has a cat that needs chemo, and instead of a pill the compounding pharmacy created a tuna flavored liquid.

    Another thought – if you are feeding a prescription diet for his/her condition, you could get the canned variety and ball that up around the pill. Please let me know how it goes!

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