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Feb 24, 2012 11:47 AM

I made yummy dog treats for pills

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:

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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  1. 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. 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.

      1. 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

        1. 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. 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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            1. re: mucho gordo

              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!

              1. re: Phoebe

                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.