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I made yummy dog treats for pills

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chocolatejam Feb 24, 2012 11:47 AM

I think I've found a great substitute for "Pill Pockets"

It is very similar to pate a choux (cream puff dough) without the eggs.

1 small jar of strained baby food, 'chicken' meat,
then add enough water to make 8 oz
1 stick of butter
a few pinches of sugar or dribble of honey

look up how to make cream puff dough for the method, but basics are:

bring to a boil in sauce pan

1 cup of PEA flour like: http://www.bobsredmill.com/green_pea-...

Dump all the flour at one time and stir. cook and stir for about 3-5 minutes until mixture forms a ball and looks somewhat smooth.

Remove from heat, when cool enough to handle, I used a small mellon baller to scoop up bits of the dough and rolled into small balls between my palms.

Quick freeze Individually and then store them in zip lock freezer bags.

I put up to a weeks worth in the fridge (14 balls, 2 pills a day) and when I need to give my dog his pills, remove 1 cold one, let it warm up for just a few minutes and push the pill into the playdough like treat. I just smash it around in my hand to enclose the pill.

The dog loves them.

Next time I make them I'll add just 1 egg to make a smoother, less crumbly texture.

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    Phoebe RE: chocolatejam Feb 24, 2012 05:32 PM

    I have to give one of my dogs 4 pills, 2x daily. Sounds like you go to a lot of trouble. For the "coated" pills...I just give them a dab of peanut butter. For the capsules and tablets...I either put them in a thin slice of banana...or a small piece of sweet potato. She loves them both ways!!!

    1. Hank Hanover RE: chocolatejam Feb 24, 2012 07:00 PM

      I used to put a pill in a small nob of butter or margarine and toss it to him.... down it went. We called it crunchy butter. I preferred butter to peanut butter because I didn't want it to stick and, perhaps give him a chance to lick off the peanut butter and spit out the pill.

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        crispy1 RE: chocolatejam Feb 24, 2012 09:34 PM

        My dog was recently diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease. These recipes sound great but my guy has to be on a low fat diet. The vet even outlawed the commercial pill pockets saying they contained too much fat. I think like me he will have to stick to no fat yoghurt

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          rasputina RE: chocolatejam Feb 25, 2012 10:01 AM

          A small piece of raw chicken and just cut a little slit in it to stuff the pill in. Since my dogs are raw fed anyway it's their regular food and they swallow it whole.

          1. mucho gordo RE: chocolatejam Feb 25, 2012 12:14 PM

            Aside from the PB method mentioned, I use either a brown 'n' serve sausage slit lengthwise and insert a pill or a slice of american or swiss cheese, Fold a piece of the cheese over the pill and press the edges together to hold it in. I call it a "pilled cheese sandwich".

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              Phoebe RE: mucho gordo Feb 27, 2012 04:22 PM

              My pup got wise to the "cheese sandwich", hot dogs, and even rolled lunchmeat a long time ago. She'd eat the cheese...and spit the pill/capsule out. Cooked sweet potatoes cut into small bites works great. Both my dogs get some in their food daily. Tricks them everytime. Healthier too!

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                chocolatejam RE: Phoebe Mar 1, 2012 10:20 AM

                Yeah, that is why I needed to make something that would work too. Plus, I think he has an allergy to some of the wheat produces/wheat proteins. The pill pockets that I was using have green pea flour (the allery type) so that is what I was going for. Mine also likes sweet potatoes, and canned pumpkin, but I don't alway have them on hand.

            2. greygarious RE: chocolatejam Feb 25, 2012 05:56 PM

              http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/807363

              Link to previous discussion of this topic.

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