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About Kayla

Age: PitaPata Dog tickers
Gender: Female
Breed: Sheepdog x Poodle = Sheepadoodle
Weight: 52 lbs

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This is a non-affiliate link, but without Embrace, there was no way we could possibly have afforded to keep her with her medical issues. In the first year of ownership alone we paid about $3,000 out in medical bills because of eight ear infections and other miscellaneous illnesses. Luckily Embrace picked up a majority of it because after our $500 deductible we had copays of 20%. So as a guesstimate we paid about $1,000 not including the cost of insurance.

I’m a lucky mama to have our little furbaby. Although I wanted to adopt a dog, knowing how many are in need of loving forever homes, we were, unfortunately, unable to adopt. Animals are the one thing I’m not allergic to, on the other hand, they are the one thing my husband is allergic to; so we ended up with a designer dog. We tried looking into Labradoodles, or was Jake a Goldendoodle? The loving kisses from the puppy caused Hubby to break out in hives. As a child my husband had a sheepdog, so we knew with their hair texture he would survive my need to have a dog, and that’s where the sheepadoodle came in.

Kayla’s been home with us since September 2014, we adopted her at four months old. She was all of sixteen pounds. I’d looked into the breeder online before making the purchase, we were able to get her at a great price but it’s because most people want tiny puppies whereas we took her in at four months. Even after what I thought was careful research, we aren’t sure if Kayla was a result of backyard breeding, or if she failed the genetic lottery.

My poor baby has very severe allergies to (Trees, Grasses, Weeds, Epithelia & Fibers) Cedar, Mulberry, Bluegrass (AKA: Junegrass), Ash Mix, Hazelnut Pollen, Mesquite, Privet/Olive Mix, Black Walnut, Goldenrod, Lambsquarters, Pigweed. As well as (Molds, Mites & Insects) Grain mites, yeast, dust mites, fleas, fusarium, Pullularia pullulans, rhizopus nigricans, CATS, House Dust Mites.

The hardest of her allergies to manage are Fleas, Cats, and yeast. She had eight ear infections in the first year of ownership alone, as I mentioned before, but thank goodness for pet health insurance. By the way, if you are looking for insurance for your pet I personally recommend Embrace, which I have a link at the top of the page.

Kayla spends her days sleeping on the bed in the guest room, she’s commandeered it and decided it’s her own. If she’s not in there she’s probably chilling in my office with me, debating if she wants to get up to nudge my arm to tell me it’s time for attention.

She will happily make time to stop and smell the roses or visit with her next best friend that comes into her life. We love trips to the vet because all our friends are there and ready to pet and share a treat or two.

Of course, when it’s time to come back home, it’s time to go back to demolishing her stuffies. Thank goodness for needle and thread, without them I’d have no idea how to keep up with her demanding need to get at the creamy filling (the stuffing) in those toys.

Kayla makes friends with everyone that comes over, begging for attention. She falls in love with everyone: Benito from Weedex who cares for our lawn, the men that have come over to spray for bugs, as well as contractors. 

In the rare event they don’t dote on her as she sees fit, or the person that doesn’t like dogs, I section off enough room for her to stalk them from afar.


Kayla’s Pill Pockets

Kayla, being the nosey yet loved furbaby she is… has allergies. With this being said, she takes four Benadryl daily: two in the morning and another two at night, as well as her daily fish oil pill. We buy the Kirkland Signature products from Costco in bulk. The generic Benadryl is the “Allergy Medicine” (600 pills for $4.49) and the fish oil is 1000mg (400 pills for $9.49.) Since Kayla needs two bottles of allergy medicine and one of the fish oil it’s $20 before tax/coupon, not too bad for a year supply, right? Getting her to take them is another story entirely!

Kayla HATES pills, with a passion. I can’t sneak them into her kibble because she doesn’t eat on a consistent basis. Since she’s the only dog we have so she can eat when she feel likes it, and has been this way since she came home. We did try putting food down at certain times of day, yeah that didn’t work either, she just wouldn’t eat for a couple of days at a time. Now I just leave it out. She’ll eat when she’s ready.

Lucky for us, we found a great blogger that shared her own recipe for homemade pill pockets. This recipe allowed me to both save money as well as make the pockets fresh for Kayla and I know what’s in her pockets, and I love this idea. Becky’s original recipe is to the left, but we ran out too quickly, so I made four times the batch. At that time I was working on losing weight, so I had a digital scale on the counter at all times and I found that much easier to measure by, so I converted everything to ounces.

pill-pocketsIMPORTANT: Make sure your ingredients don’t include Xylitol.
It’s EXTREMELY toxic to dogs!

  • I put the mixing bowl on top of the digital scale and measure out the milk.
  • If you’re going to add in the applesauce I do it now. It’s just one tablespoon.
  • Next, I measure the flour in a clean bowl.
  • Last I’ll do the peanut butter, just because it’s sticky and it’s harder to get out of the bowl. You can help yourself by using some non-stick spray and coating the bowl before you measure it out.
  • Mix together well in either a stand mixer, using a spatula, or even with your hands. You don’t want the texture to be too moist, if it’s clinging to your hands you need more flour. Add sparingly, because if you overdo it then the pocket will be difficult to cling to itself.

When you’re happy with your consistency I will add it to an airtight container and leave it in the fridge til next use. The middle and right side recipes typically last me seven to ten days on a 50lb dog getting 3 pills a day (one large fish oil then two more sets of Benadryl.) When I know I’m going run out soon I make a new batch, preferably the day before I need it. The consistency will change, very slightly, but if it’s too light and fully you may have difficulty getting the pill to close up on itself.

I roll it into a ball between my hands then I use my thumb to flatten it out a bit to make a blanket for the pill. I will roll the sides up over it making sure to pinch it together at the top, or it will try to unravel itself and my dog will eat the pocket but not the pill. She’s a smart one I tell you.

After a while, Kayla got bored with her new morning treat (pill pocket) so I looked around the kitchen to see what ingredients we had and decided to add some applesauce. Now depending on the consistency of the applesauce you use, you may need more flour or less, or you could easily reduce the milk, whatever works for you. We use the Buyers Choice Applesauce, which is a WinCo brand (my husband works there! Go WinCo!) but if you don’t have one in your local area, I recommend Musselman’s too.

This morning Kayla did the chew, chew, spit out the pill. It’s time to find a new pill pocket recipe. I’ll let you know if I come up with anything.

UPDATE 12/11/16: When you make the pill pocket the consistency will be different within about 12 hours, it’ll be harder. In our case, I’ve gone back to the basic pill pocket recipe but I add a touch more flour, maybe half an ounce. Kayla is less likely to spit out the pill pocket when it’s a more solid texture as she’s less likely to puncture the actual fish oil pill!

Our pup eats Taste of the Wild: Pacific Stream if anyone is curious. The vet recommended that she have a fish based kibble because it’s less likely they’ll have an adverse reaction. Apparently, it’s a semi-common thing for dogs to have some type of allergic reaction to beef, chicken, pork; or so I was told. Anything to help manage her allergies is worth it!


DISCLOSURE: This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on, or purchase, one of the product links I may be eligible for a commission. By clicking these links I promise you will never pay more when buying a product through my link. Kayla and I thank you for your support! — LilKaylie