Let me just start off by saying that I’ve had like one of the worst months I can remember. First of all, my sweet Richie spent most of the month in the hospital. That led to my second challenge.
That challenge was that our Basenji/Aussie Shepherd Mix pup had to spend a great deal of time in his crate. Spending time in the crate is something that he was NOT used to doing. You see, with Richie being a hunter, Simba in ALWAYS with him out in the field and roaming the woods. So, the fact that they were now separated, plus having to spend so much time in his crate, led to him getting gastroenteritis.
Ugh! At one point during the month, I had both of my “men” in the hospital. Needless to say, when I picked Simba up from the hospital, he had medication he had to take. So, like everyone else, I made my way over to one of the big box pet stores and picked up a bag of “Pill Pockets” (I’m sure you know the brand I’m talking about.
Well, the labeling on the package said they were “All Natural” and I picked them up without even thinking about the ingredients. How many times have you done that for your pet products?
Here come the kicker! I spent $10 on a package of 30 pockets and when I started to run out of them I decided to take a look at the ingredients and see if I could come up with something much more economical and well yes, healthier too.
I don’t know about you, but that is NOT a “Natural” ingredient list, nor are the ingredients healthy. But why should we even care about that? Well, first of all, I’m shocked at the diabetes rates for dogs (and cats).
According to a study conducted by Banfield Pet Hospital (1), there has been a 79.7 percent increase in the number of dogs diagnosed with diabetes from 2006 to 2015! That is astronomical!
The good news is that more pet treats and even food are super easy to make at home and are much more economical to do as well. These pill treats are just the tip of the iceberg!
Pup Pill Treats
- 1 TBSP milk (any kind)
- 1 TBSP all natural peanut butter
- 2 TBSP coconut flour (or any other flour)
- Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl until fully combined
- Divide dough into 10-12 portions
- Roll portions into a ball, make a pocket in the ball
- Place in fridge for 10-15 minutes, then use one for each pill you need to give your pup.
We all do all sorts of things to improve our health and the health of our family, and a large percentage of the population of pet owners even spend vast amounts of money to try to give their pets the “best” food and treats available.
Just as adopting a healthier eating lifestyle is the best thing you can do for your own health (which means you will be preparing more meals at home), the same thing is true for our beloved pets.
What are your thoughts? Will you be making these yummy pill treats for your pup the next time he needs to take medication?