We are using holistic methods to treat our dog’s liver problems and that equals a lot of pills a lot of times a day. With his reduced appetite lately I was happy to find that traditional Greenies Pill Pockets® in both chicken and duck/pea (for allergies) were still appealing to him. While those were great for when we had to give him a couple pills a day, we now needed to find another solution as the cost was quickly adding up.
Honestly I was skeptical after my peanut-butter-and-pumpkin-dog-cookie-attempt went bust last week (he HATED them.), but figured it was worth a try and made a small batch of DIY peanut butter pill pockets. Success! He loves them and is hounding me for more! I like to make it in small batches but you can make as much as you desire – essentially it’s 50/50 wet to dry ingredients.
- 1 Tablespoon Organic Milk
- 1 Tablespoon Organic or Natural Peanut butter
- 2 Tablespoons Flour of your Choice (I used organic brown rice)
- Use a small bowl to mix the ingredients as thoroughly as possible, then hand knead a bit
- Make 12 balls and shape as desired – you may just keep them as balls, poke holes, or make into pancakes so they are ready to wrap around pills
- Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator and use the expiration date of the milk you used as a guide for how long they will keep
I used a rather heaping tablespoon of peanut butter and the dough still came out great – if your is too sticky you can always add a bit of flour. If you have smaller pills to wrap you can make more pockets out of your recipe – I found making 12 pockets out of this recipe gave each the right size to mask the pill’s smell and cover completely, which is what my picky older lab needs!
Some more considerations
- Using brown rice flour makes the mixture a bit more crumbly, but you may chose to deal with this anyway if you are like us and trying to limit the amount of traditional flour your dog consumes.
- You can use chunky peanut butter but I prefer smooth, especially with brown rice flour as the nuts make it messier if it gets crumbly.
- We often replace milk with coconut milk because it’s what we have in our fridge – coconut milk in general is a good alternative to milk when making recipes for your pup and it doesn’t seem to change the consistency of the recipe in this case at all,
Asking for more even while I write this!
I will still keep some Greenies Pill Pockets® on hand for convenience, but this was such an easy and successful DIY experience I will continue making and using this recipe as long as I need to.