When Kado arrived in our home he had pancreatitis. He needed a number of pills and did not want to eat. He had clearly not been taught to take pills and, since he was not interested in food, getting them in him was difficult. As his appetite returned I could pill him by wrapping the pills in food, although cheese and peanut butter were not options because of his health.

I have always prided myself that my dogs are “easy to pill”. I teach them as puppies. But taking one look at this dog, already 7 years old and ill, made it clear that he was going to be different. Maybe down the line I’d teach him to just open his mouth and swallow. But not for now! So I started buying commercially made covers for pills, not at all pleased to give him the ingredients that were in these. So, with help from my friend and veterinarian, Dr. Brenda Mills at Livermore Country Pet Hospital, I started to work on a recipe of better wraps for pills.

These had to be low fat because of Kado’s tendency to get pancreatitis. He also had very high triglycerides so we chose not to use traditional flour. Feel free to alternate ingredients and experiment for what works at your home. Kado loves these and they are easy to make!


1 can Merrick canned tripe (low in fat and a consistency that works well)
2 eggs
1 cup garbanzo flour
2-3 cloves garlic
3T chia seeds
3T water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Start chia seeds soaking in water.
Mix dog food, eggs and garlic together. Add flour and mix well. Add chia seeds. (They will be a lump as you add them in.) Mix well.
Spread into greased  8×8″ or 9×9″ pan. Bake about 40-45 minutes.
Remove from oven. Cut into small pieces and let pieces cool on a wire rack.
Once cooled these can be layered into containers with wax paper between the layers to keep them from sticking. Unfreeze pillows as needed.