Homemade Turkey Meatloaf for Dogs

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Your fur baby will love this meatloaf for dogs!

Recipe for meatloaf for dogs

If you are looking for a homemade meal for your furry friend, meatloaf for dogs is a great option. You can easily make it with ground beef or turkey, oats, eggs, and some veggies like carrots or sweet potatoes. Just make sure to avoid ingredients like onions, garlic, or any spices that might be harmful to dogs. Serve it with some brown rice or sweet potato mash for a complete and nutritious meal. Your pup will love it!

Why make your dog’s food from scratch? When you make our homemade meatloaf for dogs, you’ll know exactly what your best friend is eating. We believe dogs should eat just as healthily as their human companions, so all of our dog food recipes are made with human-grade ingredients! No need to worry about additives, preservatives, sweeteners, or other unhealthy ingredients.

We’ve made it easier than ever to make meatloaf for dogs, and we’ve made sure that all of the ingredients are safe for your favorite furry friend. Try this recipe for a simple and delicious meal that your pooch is sure to love! 

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A Convenient Homemade Recipe

Homemade Turkey Loaf Recipe for Dogs

Many people believe that purchasing dog food is just as healthy as making it yourself. It certainly seems to be more convenient, too. After making this homemade turkey meatloaf for dogs, I’m not sure it’s that much more difficult to make at home! But commercially-made food works better for some people. Whether you buy canned or dried dog food, be sure to check the ingredients list to make sure there aren’t any hidden additives.

You should also double-check that there haven’t been any recalls for the brand you are considering. There are a few sites that send emails with updates on dog food recalls. I use Dog Food Advisor to look for recalls and to receive ongoing recall alerts.

Store-bought food is definitely more convenient, but our homemade meatloaf for dogs is much more nutritious, and though it seems like a lot of effort, when you take into consideration how long it takes you to get to the store, find the right healthy food for your dog and then make your way home, the amount of effort it takes to make your own dog food is negligible.

Our meatloaf for dogs takes the hassle out of making your own dog food while keeping all of the goodness and nutrition in. 

How to Choose the Right Ingredients for Dog Food Recipes

Healthy Turkey Loaf Recipe for Dogs

Choosing ingredients for dog food recipes is actually quite easy. Think of the type of food you would eat; nutrient-dense vegetables and lean proteins. That idea works for dogs, too! This homemade turkey loaf recipe for dogs can be modified to fit your dog’s special dietary needs. For example, if your dog has an allergy to poultry, use beef, pork, or ground beef instead. The egg can also be eliminated if necessary.

To increase the nutritional value of this recipe with more vitamins and minerals, I often add any or all of the following:

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup of your dog’s favorite veggies (I like to use diced white mushrooms)
  • 1/2 cup diced baby spinach, asparagus, or broccoli in place of green beans
  • Add more vitamin A with sweet potatoes or tomato paste

Keep in mind that you should always check with your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet. Also, please be aware of any allergies your pet may have to specific ingredients and avoid ingredients that have caused reactions in your pets in the past. If you are unsure about an ingredient found in one of our recipes, introduce the food to your pets in small amounts first.

What Readers are commenting about Our Meatloaf for Dogs:

Don’t just take our word for it, look at what our wonderful readers who have made this recipe for their adorable furry friends think about this meatloaf for dogs.

Janine had this to say:

I have seen SUCH a huge change in my 18-year-old diabetic dog since she’s been eating this. Her blood sugar levels are incredible, she hasn’t urinated in the house in weeks, and she has more energy. I slice it up, give her one or two slices (chopped), and mix it with chicken and her prescription diabetic soft food. Before making this for her, I thought she was on her way out, as she stopped eating. Now she’s like a puppy again!!!

Jen made this recipe for her two beloved pets and said:

I made this for my puppers and they are going ga-ga over it!!!! I have a Jack Russel & an itty bitty Yorkie and they are just loving this so far! Thanks for the great recipe and I look forward to trying more!

If you make this recipe for your furry family members, be sure to let us know your thoughts in the comment section! As you can see, it’s a tried and true recipe that many pooches have enjoyed, and we’re just sure that your dog will too!

4.35 from 46 votes

Homemade Turkey Meatloaf for Dogs Recipe

Change up your dog's mundane meals with a fresh Turkey Loaf!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 4 treats
Serving Size
Course Pet Meals and Treats
Cuisine Pet Recipes
Author SkinnyMs.


  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 egg large
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup diced tomatoes (with liquid, no sodium)
  • 1/2 cup carrots finely diced
  • 1/2 cup green beans diced (fresh or frozen and thawed)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice or quinoa cooked


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, thoroughly combine all ingredients. Spread mixture into a 5 x 7-inch loaf pan. Bake for 45 minutes.
  • Slice and chop into bite-sized pieces. Store covered in the refrigerator, or freeze.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 212kcal |
Keywords Healthy Dog Meals, Healthy Dog Recipes

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How to Make Ahead: After the loaf has cooled, slice it into individual servings and store it in a freezer-safe bag or container. Remove slices as needed and defrost them in the refrigerator the night before serving.

Want More Healthy Dog Recipes?

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Your furry friend will love this homemade turkey meatloaf for dogs recipe! It’s packed with nutritious ingredients designed to keep your pooch fuller for longer and make sure they’re getting what they need in their diets.

If you love the idea of treating your pup to homemade meals, you should definitely give our Turkey and Veggie Dog Food Recipe made with Whole Food Ingredients a try next! You’ll love how good it is for your furry friend, and they’ll love how yummy it tastes!

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    1. I use a 1 cup muffin tin (6 count), actually I have 4 and make a batch of 24. My Beagle (33 lbs) will eat 1/2 twice a day with added vitamins and Omega 3 supplements. My Coonhounds (89 lbs each) eat 1+1/2 burger at each meal. I love cooking, and live alone, finding good recipes for my Hounds serves as a filler for the void in not having anyone to cook for, and feeding my Hounds a higher quality less expensive diet! This formula is perfect for any protein source: chicken, turkey, Beef, fish (I use canned Alaskan salmon), it is not framed fish.

      1. I see you mentioned you give your 89# coonhound 1 1/2 burger each meal. I’m trying to come up with how much to give my 100# Doberman 2x day. And should I mix with his dry kibble and how much of each, do you have any idea?

        1. Melissa, You can mix the loaf with dry kibble. Regarding how much, if you are mixing it with kibble, try dividing the loaf into 4 slices and giving your Doberman 1-2 slices per day. You’ll be able to judge if more is needed.

  1. We have tiny 3 to 6 pound Chihuahuas. Can we we feed ‘‘tis to them? What would you recommend in portion sizes?

    1. Mikki, I definitely recommend asking your vet about portion sizes. You’ll want to break up the meat loaf into small bite size pieces.

  2. Hi,
    I have 2 5lb mi-kis. They both have liver issues. One worse than the other. They are very picky eaters. Do you have any recipes for liver issues in dogs? They are only 3 & 2 years old. They’ve been eating freeze dried raw dog food & usa chicken jerky sprinkled on to make their food more appealing. My vet said to stop all food & jerky and make homemade dog food which is fine. The recipe she gave me ,they wont touch. My 3 year old had an ultrasound & they didnt see anything. Before they do a liver biopsy- my vet wanted to try changing their diet 1st. But I need a appropriate recipe that will help the liver that is tasty without too many Ingredients in it. I also would like to know if you can recommend a vitamin that isnt powder that tastes good to a dog. They wont eat anything with vitamins on or in thg their food. I need some assistance, please help me.

    1. Judy, Our homemade recipes should be approved by your vet, especially since your mi-kis have liver issues. Regarding the vitamin, I can’t make a specific recommendation since I’m not a vet. Although my dog doesn’t have liver issues, she will eat Pet-Tabs Original Formula. Again, be sure to check with your vet to see if this recipe is appropriate, as well as any vitamin supplement purchased. Best to you and your mi-kis. 🙂

    1. Hi Pam, We haven’t done the calorie count for dog recipes since there is such a big difference in dog sizes. 🙂

        1. Love your recipes , my little 5lb poodle is so fussy about her food. Chicken makes her sick. So will try these recipes. Hope and pray they work. Please send any new recipes would love to try them all. By the way my poodle will not eat dog food , can or dry. Please help.

          1. Hi Betty, Please check out our other recipes.

            Keep in mind that ground turkey or chicken can be substituted for beef. Best to you and your Poodle. 🙂

    1. Paula, I have several new recipes that just need to be added to the site. Do you prefer treats or meal type recipes?

  3. I made this for my puppers and they are going ga-ga over it!!!! I have a Jack Russel & an itty bitty Yorkie and they are just loving this so far! Thanks for the great recipe and I look forward to trying more!5 stars

    1. Hi Jen
      I have 4 littles furbabies. How much do you feed your babies? Once or twice a day? Thanks for your help

  4. I’ve seen a lot of articles that states that dogs should not have tomatoes. This recipe has diced tomatoes in it. Is it safe? What is an alternative ingredient you could use in the turkey meatloaf recipe?

    1. Jacqueline, Check with your vet about the tomatoes for your dog. You can sub with chicken or veggie broth.

      1. Hi Gail, I did not want to give my dog tomatoes so I substituted 1/3 cup of unsweetened applesauce. She seemed to like it.

        1. Thanks, Karen for letting me know. Unsweetened applesauce is fine too. I’m happy she like the recipe. 🙂

  5. Love this recipe as a base recipe. I have 2 large and 2 small dogs…I changed this recipe to include and delete some ingredients. This is what I made and the gang loves it.
    1-1/2 cups brown rice
    1 tables oil
    3 lbs ground turkey
    1 slice liver, cooked
    3 cups baby spinach, chopped
    2 carrots, shredded
    1 zucchini, shredded
    1/2 cup peas frozen
    1/2 cup chopped mushrooms
    1/4 cup burdock root
    1/2 cup blueberries
    1/2 cup cranberries
    3 tbls flaxseed
    2 boiled eggs
    1 piece turmeric
    Made sure to give a daily vitamin as well.

    1. Rose, Oh WOW, thank you so much for a different version. Looks like you covered all nutritional needs and recommend a multi-vitamin. 🙂

    1. Stephanie, We have not made these in a muffin tin. However, I would recommend starting with 25 minutes at 375 degrees. Check in the center of one muffin before continuing. Keep us posted.

      1. Christine, I recommend using your best judgement depending on how much food they usually eat. Maybe start with 1/2 cup each and increase as needed.

    1. Patty, My Maggie loves it! Sometimes I let it cool down, slice into pieces and freeze. However, to refrigerate, I have left it up to 5 days.

  6. I have seen SUCH a huge change in my 18 year old diabetic dog since she’s been eating this. Her blood sugar levels are incredible, she hasn’t urinated in the house in weeks, and she has more energy. I slice it up, give her one or two slices (chopped), mix with chicken and her prescription diabetic soft food.
    Before making this for her, I thought she was on her way out, as she stopped eating. Now she’s like a puppy again!!!5 stars

    1. Janine, OMG, that is wonderful news. I am so thrilled and thankful your sweet dog is doing so well. Thank you so much for sharing this special news. 🙂

  7. Hmmm?? What can I substitute the tomatoes with? I really want to try this for my 13 years old Lab who’s been diagnose with throat cancer. She loves her homemade food better than the canned one from the vet so she said to keep it going!

  8. Pretty easy and my dog LOVES IT!!!I have a large dog, so I make it in disposable loaf pans, and I make several loaves at once and freeze the rest. I mix this with dry kibble or give without kibble. Appears to have all the extra nutritional value a dog could need!5 stars

  9. I have a loaf in the oven now! I used some tinned pumpkin instead of tomatoes. My cat wouldn’t leave me alone when I was making it and my dog seems excited by the smells! Will let you know how they like it! (the cat likes to eat the dogs food so trying something they can both have)

  10. Winston (Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier) loves the turkey loaf. Instead of oats I use quinoa, I also incorporate garbanzo beans and / or black beans. Thank you for the healthy recipes.

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