27 March 2019

Wholesome Canine Nutrition: Homemade Turkey Meat Loaf

With the recent influx in dog food recalls, I've received several requests from readers and fellow dog lovers to share another of my homemade dog food recipes. I decided to share my recipe for my puppy-approved Turkey Meat Loaf. I cook it frequently for my current furry friends as often as I've made it for my late epi-warriors, Lana and Darren.

Considered second only to a raw food diet by many, homemade dog food can be a healthy alternative to unhealthy commercial kibble. With homemade dog food, you have control over the ingredients, potential allergens, additives, preservatives and nutrition of your dog's fare. Wholesome nutrition can mean a longer, healthier life for your furry friend(s). Making your own dog food is also an excellent opportunity to provide your fur babies with a variety of different meats, fruits, and vegetables which results in a nutrient-dense diet.

A homemade diet is perfect for canine's suffering from allergies, seizures or other ailments since you have better control over the ingredients your dog ingests. Adding supplements that improve skin and coat condition while feeding foods that do not cause allergic reactions can alleviate symptoms or eliminate allergies completely. You might also notice that your dog(s) smell much better, as that infamous dog odor usually goes away when you feed a clean diet. 

Homemade diet recipes are composed of both cooked and raw ingredients, such as muscle and organ meat, cooked or pureed vegetables and a moist carrier like plain yogurt, cottage cheese, pumpkin puree or applesauce. A multivitamin is of vital importance to any dog food recipe because it helps to replace nutrients lost during cooking and ensures balanced nutrition. There are several excellent choices commercially available, but when in doubt it is best to consult a nutritionist to help you properly balance your dog's meals.

Turkey Meat Loaf  


- 2 lb ground turkey
- 1/2 cup chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup peas
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 large egg
- 4 hard-boiled eggs


1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2) Mix ground turkey, chopped carrots, and peas in large bowl.
3) Add oats and whole eggs and mix thoroughly.
4) Lightly grease 9-inch loaf pan with olive oil, and put half the turkey mix into pan.
5) Place the hard-boiled eggs into pan, and cover them with the rest of the ground turkey mix.
6) Pop into oven and bake for 45 minutes.
7) Let meat loaf cool completely. Then add vitamins and serve. 

This recipe also lends itself for make-ahead meals. Simply multiply this recipe to your needs, portion appropriately, and store in a plastic container in refrigerator for up to a week. Just don't forget to re-heat the necessary portions before serving, as ice-cold foods might upset your dog's tummy! 

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Piper is the author of several non-fiction books, and recently added three historical fiction novels to her ever-expanding collection of published writings, In the Shadow of Her Majesty , The Country Girl Empressand A Life in the Shadow of the Crown. When she isn't busy typing away on her computer, she can be found chasing after her furry children or holding on tightly to a good cup of coffee. Follow her on LinkedInFacebook, and Goodreads.

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