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Recipes for Dogs: Meatloaf with Vegetables

Dogs love this meatloaf recipe, which is easy to make with ingredients that you have at home.

by Daniela Lopez
October 3, 2018
Pixie the dog sitting at a wooden table taking a bite of some delicious vegetable meatloaf
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This meatloaf turkey recipe is a hit with dogs, easy to make at home, and might just inspire your inner chef. Because the meatloaf you’re used to eating contains ingredients (like onions, garlic, and sauces) that are either toxic or can cause GI issues in dogs, it isn’t an ideal choice to give them. This recipe is geared specifically for dogs, includes all the good stuff they love, and excludes ingredients that might upset their stomach.

To get started making the meatloaf, you’ll mix your pup’s favorite meats, some oats and two eggs, then add in their favorite vegetables. If you’re missing an ingredient, substitutions are easy. In place of the oatmeal, you can try other whole grains, such as brown rice or quinoa. Flaxseed meal is a good substitute for bread crumbs. If you don’t have turkey, you can use ground beef, chicken, or lamb, but avoid pork or veal, which can be too fatty.

If your pup is a fan of sweet potatoes, you can bake them in the pan at the same time too. And if you’re feeling inspired, consider adding some nutritionally-packed supplements or toppings to complement the meatloaf, like pulverized calcium, nori (seaweed), chopped pumpkin seeds, and sunflower seeds.

Mouthwatering Meatloaf for Dogs

Make a few of these meatloaves at a time to freeze, using different flavors for variety. Feed according to your dog’s size and calorie needs.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pounds ground turkey

  • 1 cup cooked organic oatmeal

  • 3/4 cup organic flaxseed meal or breadcrumbs

  • 1/2 cup fresh organic parsley, finely chopped

  • 2 large organic eggs

  • 2 cups fresh or frozen organic vegetables (do not include onion)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F

  2. Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl.

  3. Transfer the mixture to a 13-by-9-inch baking dish and form a loaf in the center. You can also use a roasting pan, just space the loaf in the middle of it, you can cook potatoes or sweet potatoes in the pan at the same time too.

  4. Bake for 1 hour on the center rack.

Adapted from Eco Dog by Corbett Marshall and Jim Deskevich

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Daniela Lopez

Daniela Lopez is a digital media specialist and long-time contributor to The Bark.