Homemade Turkey Loaf Recipe for Dogs

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Why make your dog’s food from scratch? When you make this homemade turkey loaf recipe 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.

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 loaf recipe for dogs, I’m not sure it’s that much more difficult to make it 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 of dog food recalls. I use Dog Food Advisor to look for recalls and to receive ongoing recall alerts.

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 dietary needs. For example, if your dog has allergies to poultry, use beef or pork instead. The egg can also be eliminated, if necessary.

To increase the nutritional value of this recipe, I often add any or all of the following:

  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/3 cup diced white mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup diced baby spinach in place of green beans

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 which 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.

Homemade Turkey Loaf Recipe for Dogs

Change up your dog's mundane meals with a fresh Turkey Loaf!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Pet Meals and Treats
Cuisine: Pet Recipes
Keyword: Healthy Dog Meals, Healthy Dog Recipes
Servings: 4
Calories: 212kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground turkey
  • 1 large egg
  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 refridgerator, or freeze.

Nutrition

Calories: 212kcal

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.

13 Comments on "Homemade Turkey Loaf Recipe for Dogs"

  1. Chrissy  February 2, 2015

    I was wondering how many to serve based on weight? I

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    • SkinnyMs  February 4, 2015

      Chrissy, Check with your vet. Every dog is different.

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    • tenfeet2hands  February 8, 2015

      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.

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  2. Breanne  November 24, 2015

    Could I use beef instead of Turkey? Love this recipe can't wait to make it !

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    • SkinnyMs  November 25, 2015

      Yes, lean ground beef is fine.

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  3. Mikki Jaeger  April 27, 2018

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

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    • Gale Compton  April 28, 2018

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

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  4. Judy DePasquale  January 3, 2020

    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.

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    • Gale Compton  January 11, 2020

      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. 🙂

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  5. Pam  March 14, 2020

    Is it possible to get calorie counts for the recipes?

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    • Gale Compton  March 14, 2020

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

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  6. Leanne  March 25, 2020

    I would love more posts on dog food RECIPES.

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    • Gale Compton  March 25, 2020

      Leanne, You’ve got! I’ll work on your request. 🙂

      Reply

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