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Friday, December 5, 2014

Recipe for Compounding Your Own Dog Supplements and Medication

Taking care of your pooches these days sometimes requires the administration of supplements and medications. If you have a dog that will eat anything you feed it without a care in the world, count yourself lucky. If you have dogs who will take their medications and then one day roll their eyes with disdain at the sight of their supplements, then you’ve probably tried a plethora of methods like I have. I’ve wrapped pills in cheese, stuffed peanut butter sandwiches, mixed into every single piece of their food, or tried shoving it down their throats.

Vesta is playing clean up.

After thinking of ways to convince my dogs to happily take their supplements, I came up with this idea based off of coconut oil chocolate fudge. Here’s a recipe for a version of it. I add coconut butter to mine in addition to the coconut oil. The texture is very satisfying. I could bake supplements into cookies. However, this recipe is much easier to make, and it doesn’t heat damage any of the supplements.
This recipe is appropriate for dogs who are active and lean. It is quite caloric, so I wouldn’t recommend it for dogs who are watching their caloric intake. My dogs already get coconut oil as a daily supplement so it isn’t too much different from what they already get. My dogs also get fish oil daily, but they eat those gel caps like candy.

Homemade supplements treats!

Make 12 days supply of supplements.

Ingredients (adjust to accommodate the amount you are making):
  • 1 cup of cold-pressed organic coconut oil
  • ¾ cup of smooth peanut butter
  • 12 day portions of supplements
  • Small pan
  • Whisk
  • Shallow Pan or Cupcake pan with cupcake liners
  1. In the pan, gently warm the coconut oil and peanut butter. Whisk to combine. Do not overheat the mixture. It just needs to melt and mix together.
  2. Once mixture is at body temperature, add in your supplements and whisk to combine.
  3. You can transfer this mixture into a shallow pan and slice into 12 pieces after it chills. OR you can portion these into 12 cupcake liners. Whichever way you choose, make sure to chill in the fridge into they are solid before feeding.
  4. Feed to your dogs on their regular supplement schedule. Store in the fridge as they can become a little melty when warm. If they do get melty, just chill in the fridge again.

Dog supplements are pretty diverse. This recipe is versatile and appropriate for supplements that are heat sensitive. Just a reminder: do not overheat the mixture. If you’re curious what I give my dogs, here’s a list of supplements I've given my dogs.
  • Coconut Oil
  • Fish Oil
  • Flax Seeds
  • Hemp Seeds
  • Probiotics
  • Tumeric
  • Fenugreek
  • Ground ginger
  • Kelp
Organic coconut oil and peanut butter.

Melt gently in a pan.

Just a few of the supplements I give.

Once the peanut butter and oil are melted and mixed together, you can start adding the supplements. Here's tumeric, fenugreek, and ginger.

And here's the kelp and phytoflex.

I know what this looks like. The dogs will eat it anyways.

Once it is portioned, I chill and store stacked in the freezer.

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