Homemade Dog Pill Pockets

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets made with just 5 ingredients. No baking required.

Copper is our 12 year old Vizsla, and he is our true fur baby. We adopted him from a rescue organization when he was 2 and to be perfectly honest, he’s run our household ever since. (Can you say spoiled????)

About 6 months ago he went to get up out of his dog bed and couldn’t. It was like his entire rear end wouldn’t work. My heart broke into pieces.

At the vet’s office they did x-rays that revealed painful inflammation from arthritis. They prescribed a capsule pill twice a day.

Copper HATES these pills.

This is quite unusual because Copper eats everything.

The only way we could get him to take the pill was to purchase pill pockets and tuck his pills into them.

Then he learned to eat the pill pockets and spit out the pill.


So I took to the Internet and did some research on homemade dog treats. Most treats I found were baked and hard and would not work to tuck a treat into.

I needed to find a soft treat but I also wanted to integrate some ingredients I knew would benefit his joints and his dandruffy butt.

Homemade dog pill pockets made with coconut oil
Be prepared to have an audience while you make these homemade dog pill pockets.

This recipe has vet approved ingredients including beef gelatin for his joints (This is the beef gelatin I order) and coconut oil for his coat. (This is the coconut oil I order).  If you have a natural grocery store nearby, you should be able to pick up these ingredients there.

To make oat flour, simply grind oatmeal in your blender.  It’s that easy.

To make sure these aren’t full of sodium, try making your own organic chicken stock.

These homemade pill pockets don’t require any baking, so I can easily whip up a batch in minutes.

Since they are perishable, I put a week’s worth into the refrigerator and freeze the rest. Line your pill pockets on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Freeze them for about an hour before transferring them to a freezer safe container.

Be sure to label your pill pockets before putting them in the fridge so no one mistakes them for energy balls.

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil

Homemade Dog Pill Pockets with Coconut Oil


  • 3/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup gelatin powder
  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


  1. Mix all ingredients until well blended.
  2. With wet hands, roll dough into small balls. Line up on a wax paper lined baking sheet. Use a chopstick to poke a hole into the center of each ball big enough to hold a pill.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator. Balls can also be frozen.

Copper loves these homemade dog pill pockets. I can make them large enough to completely tuck a treat into, which keeps him from spitting them out. Every batch I also make just a few small balls to give to our other dog, Nina. No one likes getting left out when it comes to treats.

homemade dog pill pockets

UPDATE: I’m sad to report that our family lost our beloved Copper – the taste tester for these pill pockets. Since his death, we’ve welcomed a new member of our family. Meet Wilson! We’re so in love with this blue eyed blonde, we’ve started his own Instagram page!

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  1. Nice schnauzer photo bomb!

  2. Theresa O'Connor says:

    Thankyou for sharing this recipe! My Bella has to take an allergy tab everyday, 1 tab in the a. m. and 1/2 at bedtime for her allergies. I am so happy i found your post and now i to will be making them for her as well as my other two babies! The Pill Pockets are too expensive in the stores, and besides that I use Mostly organic ingredients. thank you again! 🙂

  3. Theresa, I’m so glad these pill pockets will help you! The store bought kind are sooooo expensive. Good luck to Bella! Andrea

  4. Cheryl Purnell says:

    What would I substitute for the Oat flour (I’m thinking coconut as my dogs is not allergic to that, the peanut butter, and the chicken broth (would veggie broth work?) He has soooo many allergies it’s really hard to feed him. He takes two apaqual a day for his severe allergies as well as Zyrtec. I’m really trying to find him some relief and I hate the purchased ones as they are full of artificial preservatives.

  5. Hi Cheryl, You could absolute try substituting coconut flour for the oat flour. And you can use veggie broth in place of the chicken broth too. I’m sorry the poor guy has such bad allergies! Andrea

  6. Brandy Johnson says:

    I am transitioning my little pomapoo to a novel protein (venison)/grainfree diet…so finding treats and pill pockets is a fun task. Can I use sweet potato flakes instead of the the flour? Also, is there a non-meat gelatin I could use? I will use your recipe for the other part of my zoo- a lab, a border collie, and a great dane/pit/lab mix! THANKS!

  7. Annette says:

    Where do you purchase your gelatin powder? I only have seen the Knox gelatin in the small packets at the store. 1/4 cup of those tiny packets would get expensive.

  8. Hi Annette, I buy large bags of gelatin at my Natural Grocers. You can also find it at Sprouts, Whole Foods, or purchase from Amazon. I buy the NOW brand. It will be far less expensive than the individual packets. Hope that helps! Andrea

  9. Hi Andrea,

    Mine came out hard… do you know what I did wrong? I didn’t cover them in the fridge, maybe that was it?

  10. Hi Kelly, You should cover your homemade dog pill pockets in the fridge or they will end up hard. Andrea

  11. Karen Bartomioli says:

    My daughter (a new vet) and I are working on grain-free pill pocket recipes, mainly to give our dogs AlphaFlex, an omega 5e which is awesome for joints and inflammation, but requires the capsules make it to the stomach intact. My GSD is highly sensitive to gluten, so I am trying rice and coconut flour. Please, please specify here that the peanut butter be xylitol-free, as it is toxic to dogs. Did your vet not offer any caveats about peanut butter? The alternative is often sugar-laden versions. Sugar is the primary cause of an inflamed immune system, and what enables almost every ailment. We now know that inflammation is not the ailment, but the chemicals the immune system produces in response to stressors. Likewise, any food that causes an allergic reaction is not recognized by the body as a nutrient and triggers the immune system. I am trying rice and coconut flour, and substituting cream cheese for the PB.

  12. Karen Bartomioli says:

    I would add that, while oats may be naturally gluten free, it is hard to find oatmeal that is not processed alongside wheat and other grains, which contaminates it.

  13. Hi Karen, good point about the peanut butter. I’ve always purchased brands that are 100% peanuts and should specify that’s what I recommend.

  14. Robin Deans says:

    Mr. Fluffy the cat figured out what pill pockets and pill maskers are used for…I used this recipe but replaced the PB with pumpkin purée and added a squeeze of anchovy paste for good measure. The results speak for themselves:


  15. Robin! Thank you so much for sharing Mr. Fluffy! Glad your substitutions were successful. Andrea

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