Have you ever had to give your French Bulldog pills? There is nothing more upsetting than seeing my Frenchie Augie sick or in pain. After a couple recent Vet visits we had to sneak pills into his food to help him out. As the doggie parent I just want him to take his medicine but he doesn’t take his pills just because I give them to him. We reviewed the best pill pockets for dogs and wanted to share them with you here. I had not heard of these until I was looking for a way to make sure Augie got his medicine and boy they are a game changer.
Makeshift Dog Pill Pockets
There are a couple DIY options if you don’t want to purchase pill pockets. Just be careful about smuggling in your dog’s pills into high-fat foods as this can lead to unnecessary calories your Frenchie doesn’t need.
Hiding Pills In Something Soft
In the essence of saving money you can hide the pill or pills inside a soft food item that you have in your house already, such as a piece of sliced turkey (we used organic), chicken, peanut butter, and a small piece of lunch meat. Peanut butter is great to use as it disguises the smell of the medicine allowing you to maybe trick your four legged friend into taking what they need to feel better. (Just be careful about how much and how often you give it to them and don’t use Peanut Butter with Xylitol). I have also found that cutting a cherry tomato in half is a simple and effective homemade pill pocket.
Make Your Own Pill Pocket Treat
If you are like me you want your French Bulldog to get the most healthy and tasty treat and sometimes that means making it myself. With a few simple ingredients that you most likely have in your house already you can make a great treat. Check out this no-bake recipe using butter, milk, flour and peanut butter. They will last as long as the milk would have in your fridge. There are lots of other homemade treat recipes on pinterest that you can check out as well.
5 Of The Best Pill Pockets For Dogs
Now to let you know about Pill Pockets for dogs options. The best way I have found to trick a dog into eating their pills is to hide it inside a tasty treat and there are companies that specialize in making treats just for this purpose. They are made specifically for masking the smell and taste of pills. The treats are shaped with pouches which allow you to place the pill inside and then you are able to squeeze the end to cover the pill. Check out these top of the line Pill Pocket Treats.
The USA made product is made with all natural ingredients including corn syrup, poultry liver, whey, tapioca, and molasses.
Vet Works Bacon Flavored Pill Treats are just like they say, bacon flavored. You will want to allow the treat to soften at room temperature then wrap it around the pill. Each treat will conceal any size tablet or capsule your pet may need.
Pet owners say this pill worked great for their fussy dogs. There are not any side effects that have been noted with these pills.
- Vacuum sealed bags for freshness
- Made in the US with all natural ingredients
- Large enough for any size pill
- Need to allow the treat to soften at room temperature
The Milk-Bone Pill Pocket Treats come in Real Chicken and Hickory Smoked Bacon. These flavors allow for easily disguising medicine. Each pill is soft, and doesn’t crumble or flake. The deep pockets allows you to hide large capsules or several small pills.
Pet owners love these treats because they are made with pure organic ingredients and are easy to use with dogs who need medicine daily as they are only 19 calories per pouch keeping your poch at a healthy weight.
- All natural and organically made ingredients
- 19 calories each
- Large enough to fit most pills
- The two strong flavor choices make this treat very appealing to some dogs but can be unappealing to other dogs.
The most popular pill pocket treat on the market right now is Greenies Pill Pocket Soft Dog Treats. They contain all natural ingredients and are a low calorie pill pocket. One of the unique things about this pill pocket is that you can not only use it to hide capsules but also liquid medicine.
These treats come in several different flavors including Hickory Smoke, Duck and Pea, Chicken and Peanut Butter. These US made pills come in a pack of 60 and the easy to use pockets within the treat fit capsule size medicine. Pet owners have named these the best in the business. They are low in calories and are less likely to cause any harm to your little four legged baby. There have been no kidney or any other internal issues noted with these unlike others that have been known to cause aggravation to the digestive system of dogs when used daily.
If you are a pet owner that has to give meds daily to your pup these by far have the best rating and most reviews.
- Made in the USA
- All natural ingredients
- Available in 4 flavors
- Most popular brad
- More expensive than other brands
- Has a higher calorie content than other brands
Zoe Pill Pops are a really great option and if you have a hard time getting your dog to take his/her pills these should do the trick. Zoe Pills come in so many different flavors, Peanut Butter with Honey, Grilled Cheese & Bacon, Roasted Chicken with Rosemary, Grilled Beef with Ginger and many many more! Let me just say that the smell of these treats could trick me into eating them. Dogs have no problem grabbing these and eating them up not realizing they even ate their medicine.
These treats are made with 100% natural ingredients with no artificial flavors or preservatives.
The pocket pills are wrapped in two’s within the package to help maintain freshness, shelf life, and so that the pills remain soft and pliable. They are big enough to cut into smaller pieces and hide even more pills per treat, also cutting down on the calorie intake for your pup.
- Made with all natural ingredients
- Come in 10+ appetizing flavors
- Individually wrapped in two’s
- Individually wrapped in two’s
- Higher price to purchase
So this Tomlyn Pill Masker Paste is not exactly a pill pocket treat but it is very unique and is used to help you get your pouch to take their pills. This is just what it says it is, a paste that can be used to cover and mask any size or shape pill. It is an easily moldable paste with a tasty bacon flavor. For those with dogs that practically swallow a treat you can use a thin coating and allow the paste to last a long time. So dogs are a little more finicky you will need a thicker coat of paste to mask the smell of the medicine. Some people who use this product do warn about the strong smell but if you wash thoroughly with soap and water the smell shouldn’t bother you.
- Comes in paste form allowing to cover all pill shapes and sizes
- Bacon flavor, who doesn’t like bacon
- Can be used for both dogs and cats
- Over 50 servings per container
- Odor can actually be very strong for pet owners and dogs
- Only comes in one flavor, bacon
Conclusion – The Best Pill Pockets For Dogs
As I said before I never had even heard about Pill Pocket Treats for my dog and I wish I had. Augie is not my first pup and I now realize that I could have been giving my dogs their pills in a much easier way. To be honest, I wish that I had thought of these things myself! All joking aside if you have every had a sick four legged baby or if your best pal unfortunately needs daily medicine to live a healthy life then these amazing trick treats or pill pocket treats are a must need in your house.
PS – For more French Bulldog health tips visit this page.