You’ve made meatloaf for supper and your whole house smells amazing. You sit down to the table to eat and realize your pup is staring at you with the saddest eyes as he begs for a piece. Giving your dog your human meatloaf isn’t always possible, especially if you have added onion and a lot of garlic. However, you can make meatloaf for your dog by taking a human meatloaf recipe and exchanging the bad ingredients for healthier ones.
Adding oatmeal to your dog’s meatloaf is a great way to add some fiber to their diet. And since oatmeal is already a common ingredient in dog food, chances are your pup has eaten it before.
- 1 Pound Lean Ground Beef
- 2 Eggs
- 1-1/2 Cups Rolled Oats (You can use gluten free oats if you want.)
- 1-1/2 Cups Grated Mixed Vegetables (Use your dog's favorite veggies- I used broccoli, carrots, and apple.)
- 1/2 Cup Cottage Cheese
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Hand-mix all ingredients in a bowl until combined thoroughly. Press evenly into a loaf pan.
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Refrigerate or freeze in slices for easy serving.
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Dog Meatloaf Recipe
Using oatmeal in meatloaf may be a common practice, but did you know that you can also use Total cereal? What a great way to add grains and vitamins to your dog’s diet.
- 5 lb Hamburger Meat (85% lean--can use sausage-like meat of any kind that is unspiced, so allergic dogs can have lamb, turkey etc.) You can also use a 3:2 muscle meat to organ meat recipe, but the livers, etc. must be ground.
- 1 lg box Total Breakfast Cereal (any complete dry boxed cereal).
- 1 lg box Oatmeal (rolled quick oats are fine, otherwise cook first).
- 1 jar Wheat Germ
- 1 cup Vegetable Oil
- 1 cup Unsulfured Molasses
- 12 Eggs
- 2 boxes/ 8 envelopes Unflavored Gelatin
- 1 pinch Garlic Powder or Garlic Salt
- Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl.
- Beat eggs, add in molasses & oil, & stir into dry.
- Knead the raw meat into the mixture to distribute it evenly. (Wash hands, etc. after handling raw meat, etc.)
- Press into cake pans. Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.
- Can freeze extra & thaw as needed.
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You don’t have to limit yourself to only using beef, pork, and chicken in your meatloaf recipes. Lamb is another great meat that most dogs find delicious. This is also a great recipe for hiding those pesky healthy vegetables that help make your pup healthy and strong.
- 2 lb Ground Lamb
- 1 cup Organic Oatmeal -We prefer a minimally processed steel-cut whole-grain oat, like Irish oatmeal
- 3/4 cup Organic Flaxseed Meal or Breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup Fresh Organic Parsley -Finely chopped
- 2 large Organic Eggs
- 2 cups Organic Vegetables -Fresh or frozen- Use a variety of vegetables, such as peas, corn, diced cooked potatoes, and grated carrots; do not include onion.
- Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the oven rack in the middle slot.
- Mix all the ingredients together with your hands.
- Transfer the mixture to a loaf pan, or use 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. )
- Bake for 1 hour.
- Feed according to your dog’s size and calorie needs.
No matter which recipe you use to make your pup an exciting homemade meal, just remember to remove the items they should not have such as onions and salt. Replacing them with other flavors that your dog may enjoy, like carrots and green beans, will make the meatloaf an extra special treat.
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