Introduction: Dog Pill Pouches

Picture of Dog Pill Pouches

Dogs, like most kids, don't like taking pills but it doesn't have to be a painful process trying to get our canine friends to swallow their medication. By simply hiding their pills in a delicious treat you'll find that your pup may actually like taking his/her medication. Big pet brands have realized this and created "Pill Pockets". This Instructable will walk you through how to make your own natural pill pockets, which I've renamed pill pouches.

Step 1: Ingredients

Picture of Ingredients
You'll need the following for these easy pill pockets:
  • 1 Tablespoon of Milk (can substitute chicken stock or water)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Peanut Butter (can substitute ground meat/fish)
  • 2 Tablespoon of Flour (can substitute GF Flours)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Fish Oil (not pictured)
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Fork
  • Chopstick
  • Storage Container
I first found this recipe while doing a search for natural dog treats for my own pup, I've made a few changes, like the addition of fish oil for her fur coat but otherwise really love it--so does my dog.   :D I have listed substitutions in an attempt to accommodate your dogs dietary needs.

Step 2: Mix

Picture of Mix

Add all of your ingredients to your mixing bowl. Mix them together until it all sticks together and you have a dough the consistency of cookie dough. 

Step 3: Ball Up

Picture of Ball Up

Taking a small portion of your dough in your hands, roll it into a ball about the size of a marble. 

Step 4: Poke

Picture of Poke

Using the back end of a chopstick poke a hole or a dent in your pill pocket. Make sure the dent is deep enough and wide enough to accommodate your dog's pills. 

Step 5: Use

Picture of Use

Insert one of your dog's pills into your pill pouch. Using your fingers, seal the open end of the pouch. 

Give your pill pouch, pill inserted, to your dog.

Easy right? You've just painlessly administered your dogs meds and my best guess is that they are still licking their lips!

Step 6: Storage

Picture of Storage

I've found that this recipe makes 8-12 pill pockets depending on the size of pill you are accommodating. Store them in a tupperware in your refrigerator or freezer and keep for future use. They last for a little under the week in the fridge and a couple of months in the freezer. 

I also like to keep them as treats since they are small and bite sized in addition to using them to hide pills. Your dogs will learn to love them and not expect treats hidden inside. 


rafordyce (author)2015-12-12

Do you store these in the refrigerator/freezer? Do they not mold in a
container with air? This is such a super idea I would really like to use
it. My dog and cat love Pill Pickets so much (the real thing) that I
break off little pieces for treats.

angelthegamerra (author)2014-04-23

I used crushed up cat food instead of flour

Dry cat food or wet?

angelthegamerra (author)2014-04-23

He recovered because of this awesome idea thanks! You are really creative

I'm so glad to hear it! And what a beautiful cat!

angelthegamerra (author)2014-04-23

Also instead of peanut butter I used ground fish! He loved it he didn't even know it was there

angelthegamerra (author)2014-04-23

Instead of milk I used chicken stock like you said.

NetWt4Lbs (author)2014-04-22

This is agreat idea. ig i ever get a dog or cat again ill try this.

However I am not sure even this would have worke with my dog. The old fool lol. We tried peanut butter, wrapping it in burger, steak, chicken, everything. He'd eat around the pill. The only way he would take it was in a spoonful of mild salsa, or having it shoved down his throat. Ahh I miss him.

kelleymarie (author)NetWt4Lbs2014-04-22

Thank you! I've had dogs that can find pills hidden in anything as well. You can always grind the pill and then fold it into the pill pouch batter mixture and then maybe your future dog will gobble it up without hesitation!

angelthegamerra (author)2014-04-21

What the dogs names? Oh and BTW I love it I tried it and tweaked it a little to fit the likings of my cat (he's picky).

Thank you! The black lab is Allie and the husky/shepherd mix is Bo.

What changes did you make for your cat?

eilu (author)2014-04-21

Very nice. I have to use a pill gun for my cats, but I'll try this if I get the chance.

aroberts41 (author)2014-04-21

this is fabulous. I have 4 dogs, 3 of which take medication. I use hot dog slices to tuck their pills into right now but all the chemicals in them have worried me. thanks !

About This Instructable




More by kelleymarie:Cauliflower RiceCoconut Lime PopsiclesHomemade Marshmallow Peeps
Add instructable to: