Commercial pill pockets seem expensive to me and I don't like the way they smell. I also have to be careful about what ingredients I feed to my allergy-prone dogs. If you make your own recipe, you can customize ingredients to avoid allergens and also add healthy stuff :) These are fun, quick, and easy to make.
Step 1: Ingredients
For this batch I used: low sodium Natural Jif peanut butter, Trader Joes gluten-free flour, and Pro Bloom instant goat's milk powder (it also contains digestive enzymes and probiotics.) You can get ideas for ingredient substitutes here if you or your dog have allergy problems http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com/allergyfreesubstitutes.html On my next batch, I will try Sunflower seed butter and rice milk powder in place of peanut butter and goat milk powder.
Step 2: Measure, Mix, Knead
This is the fun part! 3 1/2 tablespoons peanut butter; 2 tablespoons flour; 1 packet milk powder (looks like about 2TBLSP). It's easier to mix up the dry ingredients first so they will be more uniform when added to the peanut butter. Knead the mixture into a nice, smooth, pliable putty ball. This is fun, so resist the urge to over-knead it. If it looks too dry, add a dab of peanut butter and knead a bit more.
Step 3: Wrap & Refrigerate
I wrap the new, delicious smelling dough in cling wrap and refrigerate. When I need to wrap a pill, I pinch off the amount I need. I don't know how long it will last in the refrigerator because we use it daily. I make a batch a week. It's super economical, very quick to make, and healthy. I hope you enjoy this idea and your dogs enjoy the homemade pill pockets. Many thanks to Aspen for being our model, he got paid in empty pill pockets, all treat and no tricky pills this time :)