DIY: Turkey Veggie Meatloaf for Dogs

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Looking for a Homemade Meatloaf recipe for dogs?

Raise your hand if you love meatloaf. Why is this such a love or hate food? Lol. I guess it’s the texture? I personally love it — it always tastes homey and comforting, although funnily, I never ate meatloaf growing up.

Meatloaf is one of the easiest things to make! You just throw in all the ingredients in a pan and let the oven do the work. It’s also a great way to hide tiny diced vegetables inside. So, here is a dog-friendly version of meatloaf that is super easy, healthy and a cinch to serve. I love that you can pre-cut slices or cubes so you don’t need to measure it out for the pups later.

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes (from the can, no sodium, keep some liquid)
  • 1/2 cup green beans, chopped
  • 1/2 cup carrots, grated
  • 3 – 5 tablespoon dog supplement (I use Canine Complete)
  • 4 – 6 capsules joint supplement (I use Just Food For Dogs Joint Care or Natural Dog Company Liquid Glucosamine)

ingredients for homemade meatloaf for dogs

cooking homemade meatloaf

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients in large bowl. 
  3. Spread mixture into a loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes.

homemade dog food recipe meatloaf

Make sure you get a can of no sodium diced tomatoes and don’t drain the liquid! The liquid will add some moisture to the loaf and help meld the ingredients together.

I added green beans and carrots, but you can definitely add whatever your dog likes! Zucchini, broccoli, pumpkin, spinach…

I like to use my Magic Bullet Kitchen Express because it’s so easy and small but any food processor will do — or a good ole cheese grater!

Green bean benefits for dogs?

Vitamins B6, A, C + K, full of fiber and low in calories which helps your dog feel full! It’s also a good, healthy alternative as a treat (for those diets!). 

Carrots also help with your pup’s digestion and are loaded with beta-carotene. Whenever I make homemade dog food for Weston + Fira, I always add carrots. 

Now for the supplements…

supplements to add to dog food

My go-to is always Canine Complete. It is full of nutrients like kelp, flaxseed, fish protein powders, calcium, essential fatty acids and antioxidants. It’s a green powdery substance and totally smells like kelp! 

I like to add Joint Care too but totally optional. You can add a small amount of coconut oil, prebiotics or other supplements your dog may regularly have. 

supplements to add to homemade dog food

By the way, I just found out Canine Complete even makes one with a joint supplement combined! So that is going to be my next purchase when I run out. 

I lined my pan with parchment paper but you can grease it with some coconut oil too. After 45 minutes, you get such a satisfying loaf that’s easy to slice and chop!

 

homemade meatloaf for dog recipe

homemade food for frenchies

Two pieces is about enough for one meal, depending on how you cut them. 

I never throw away what’s left, so any extra green beans, the leftover tomatoes from the can, and oats can be pre-measured and thrown into a ziplock bag for when I’m ready to cook this homemade meatloaf for the dogs again. Next time you have ground meat, you can easily pop your bag of ingredients out of your freezer or fridge, add your raw ingredients (egg, meat, supplements) and bake a loaf in no time!

Hope you enjoy making this and your pup loves! Let me know what you think. 🙂

 

things you need for homemade meatloaf for dogs

  1. Natural Dog Company Liquid Glucosamine. 15% off code: WTFRENCHIE
  2. Farberware Nonstick Loaf Pan Rose Gold. 
  3. Parchment Paper Nonstick. 
  4. Teak Wooden Spoon.

 

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