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The following Best Savings Tip comes from reader, Darrell:

My son’s dog has to take pills twice a day. That is not something she wants to swallow. We purchased pill pockets at the store a couple of times and they worked great but were to expensive, even on sale.

So taking a dog treat recipe I use, I was able to reduce that down to a substance that would hold the pills. Now it is a snap to give her pills without trying to force them down her throat. Just make your dog, or even cat, is think they are getting a treat.

The recipe calls for three ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp, Milk {$0.05)
  • 1 tbsp, Peanut Butter {$0.06)
  • 2 tbsp, Wheat Flour {$0.02}

Mix the ingredients together in a coffee cup with a fork. Take the mixture out of the cup and knead in your hand. The product is ready to be used. Store in a plastic bags in refrigerator.

The recipe can be reduced to make less by replacing the tbsp to tsp with just 1 tsp of milk, 1 tsp peanut butter and 2 tsp of wheat flour.

This cost just $0.13 for one batch that can last more than a week versus $0.28 for a store bought pocket. Or, $8.50 on sale for thirty pockets (lasting 15 days) which is $0.56 a day to purchase them.

Making my own is less than $0.02 a pocket ($0.13 cents for the total batch divided by 7 days). This is a savings of more than $0.54 cents a day.

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This is an awesome idea! We don’t have any pets but I know their medications can be even more costly than humans (we have insurance to offset our co-pays and such). I love the price breakdown of savings too.

What a great tip that I hope will help a lot more people who need to give their pooches medicine! Thanks for sharing!

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Saving on Doggie Pill Pockets {Recipe}

  • Author: Savings Lifestyle: Andrea
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp, Milk {$0.05)
  • 1 tbsp, Peanut Butter {$0.06)
  • 2 tbsp, Wheat Flour {$0.02}

Instructions

  1. Mix the ingredients together in a coffee cup with a fork. Take the mixture out of the cup and knead in your hand. The product is ready to be used. Store in a plastic bags in refrigerator.

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About Andrea Deckard

Andrea Deckard is a personal finance expert and speaker. She lives by the following motto, "save on what you need so you can spend on what you want." She started Savings Lifestyle in 2008, and long-time readers remember the site as Mommy Snacks. Andrea is a go-to resource on frugal living for local news outlets such as WDTN, WGRR, and Cincinnati.com as well as national outlets like Good Morning America. She has also been featured in multiple national publications.

10 Comments

  1. Jacqueline Sayers on July 25, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    I am so going to make this as I have a few furbabies that require daily meds, and yes I have purchased the pill pockets and they dont last but a day or two. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Karen on January 26, 2013 at 12:20 am

    I want to thank you very much for this recipe! I have been using since early June 2012 and my dog LOVES it and you have saved me a fortune! For my min pin the 1 tsp ratio is just perfect. Thank You so very much!

    BTW, I forgot the ratio and was totally happy that I found it again today … this time I pasted it on a “Sticky” so that I wouldn’t lose it again.

    • Marcia on May 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm

      Can you freeze these pill pockets

  3. Debbie on April 1, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    How long are these good after they are made and refrigerated. What is the expiration date on these is what I’m looking for. Thank you.

  4. Lisa E. on May 18, 2018 at 9:58 am

    I’m going to try this. Right now we mush a bit of cream cheese around her pills, she likes that but this could be desirable too!

  5. Juanita on May 23, 2018 at 11:20 am

    I have a dog who cannot have animal protein. could I use water instead of milk, or will it ruin the consistency of the mixture?

    • Savings Lifestyle: Andrea on May 24, 2018 at 11:29 am

      Juanita, I think water could be substituted. Or maybe even try coconut milk (lots of good, healthy fats in that).

  6. Marilyn on August 5, 2018 at 9:20 am

    Can I use self-rising flour instead of wheat flour or plain flour?

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