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.
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.
- 3/4 cup oat flour
- 1/4 cup gelatin powder
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1/3 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup chicken stock
- Mix all ingredients until well blended.
- 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.
- 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.
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!