This is a neat feel-good solution featuring a delicious and nutritious treat coupled with a sustainable and humane protein source. Mashing the pill inside the treat is like Play-doh for adults – and who doesn’t like Play-doh? Plus, you won’t have to buy another treat especially for hiding pills. Money saved! Wagging tails all around!
Our soft and chewy Pumpkin & Carrot training treats make an excellent pill pocket or pouch! It wasn’t what they were originally designed for, but one of our ingenious Chirpers filmed themselves using the treats to give their pup a pill and a lightbulb went off! (At least it did here at the Jiminy’s offices!) These treats were originally designed to be the ideal training treat – nice and soft, low-calorie and non-greasy. Because they’re soft and moist, they can also be easily molded around a pill. Basically, you’re transforming your dog’s favorite treat into a homemade pill pocket or pill pouch – so it’s a great DIY solution! AND it’s chicken free, soy free, wheat free and corn free. The other benefit is that, because the cricket protein in these treats is prebiotic, you are actually feeding your dog’s gut microbiome with every pill! This is especially great if you are giving your dog a probiotic because now you’ve seeded his gut and fed it too!
So, back to the pill pocket. We experimented (okay, played) with some different pill sizes and found that a single treat can completely cover a small pill. The treats’ jerky scent helps obscure the pill’s scent too. For larger pills we used two treats – one for the top and a second for the bottom. Here’s a quick demonstration!
We hope this little DIY demonstration works for you and your dog. Pill time can be such a struggle and we’re hoping this might make someone’s day a little easier! If you try it, please share your experience with us on social media! @jiminysforpets