How to Make Your Own Pill Pockets


A crunchy and tasty homemade pill pocket recipe to hide your dog's medications inside helps administer pills that are not palatable in a chewable tablet. If your dog does not gobble up his food, you probably can't trick him into taking pills in his food. Pets adore many human foods that work well to hide pills in, and with a little trickery, he will not realize he ate a pill.

DIY Liverwurst Pill Pockets

Things You'll Need

  • 3 ounces Liverwurst
  • 2 ounces cream cheese
  • Bowl
  • Spoon
  • 3/4 cup plain shredded wheat
  • Plastic bag
  • Rolling pin
  • Resealable plastic bag

Step 1

Allow the Liverwurst and cream cheese to come to room temperature. Place both in a bowl and mix them together with a spoon until they are smooth.

Step 2

Pour the shredded wheat cereal into a plastic bag. Roll a rolling pin back and forth over the bag to crush the cereal finely.

Step 3

Add the shredded wheat to the creamed mixture in the bowl and mix well with a spoon. Roll the pill pockets into small gumdrop-sized balls.

Step 4

Place the balls into a resealable plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.

Giving Dogs Pills

Step 1

Take a dog pill and insert it into a homemade pill pocket. Press the dough around the pill to cover it entirely with the tasty mixture.

Step 2

Place the pill pocket in one hand and place three pill pockets without pills in your other hand.

Step 3

Call your dog to you and ask him to "sit." Ask him if he wants a treat and give him two of the plain pill pockets, followed by the one containing the pill and the last plain pill pocket, all in quick succession. Your canine friend will gobble the tasty treats when offered quickly and never know he ate a pill in one of them.

Other Items to Hide Pills in

Several other items can be used to hide dog pills. Just form the item entirely around the pill and give the medication in a quick sequence to your dog. Some common items dogs love are:

  • Canned dog food
  • Bologna
  • Bread
  • Peanut butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Cheese
  • Hot dogs 

Choose one of your dog's favorite items to make a pill pocket out of for the best success in giving your dog medication in a gentle manner without forcing him to take medications by mouth.

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