Introduction: Cheap and Easy Pill Pockets for Dogs

About: I have always loved instructables and hope to be able to post a few.

I learned this trick as a pet sitter - it is cheap and easy and works for very finicky dogs who love to spit out pills.  If you need to give your dog pills on a daily basis it is great because it takes the hassle out of giving pills to your dog.

I decided to post this Instructable because lately I have noticed the Greenies Pill Pockets that are sold in pet stores.  I love Greenies, but I wanted people to know that there is a very inexpensive way to make your own pill pocket.

All you need to make your cheap and easy pill pockets is:

* hot dogs (vienna sausages are a great choice for smaller dogs)
* a pill
* chopsticks
* knife to cut hot dog

Step 1: Cut a Piece of Hot Dog Off

This is pretty self explanatory.  Cut a piece of your hot dog off.  You are going to use this to put the pill in, so it should be large enough to hide the pill in, but small enough so your dog can eat it in one gulp.

Step 2: Insert Chopstick Through the Hot Dog

Insert your chopstick through the hot dog length wise.  If you don't have a chopstick, you could use a ball point pen (leave the cap on) or something similar.  I highly recommend chopsticks though, because they are the perfect size for most pills and have a pointier end.

Step 3: Hide Pill in the Hot Dog

Take your chopstick out and push your pill in the hole that the chopstick left.

Step 4: Feed the Hot Dog to Your Dog

This is the fun part - feed the hot dog with pill inside to your dog, who will be so happy that you are feeding him/her a hot dog that they will gulp it down and not even realize there is a pill inside!