Doggy meatloaf with vegetables

    1 hour 35 min

    This doggy meatloaf is an easy and nutritious alternative to tinned dog food. Enjoy knowing exactly what has gone into your furry friend's meal.

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    Makes: 4 doggy meat loaves

    • 680g lean beef mince
    • 3 sticks celery, chopped
    • 2 carrots, grated
    • 1 apple, cored
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 slices white bread, torn into pieces
    • 80g rolled oats
    • 115g wheatgerm
    • 170g tomato concentrate
    • 4 medium potatoes, cubed
    • 3 carrots, chopped
    • 1 stick celery, cubed

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:1hr20min  ›  Ready in:1hr35min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease a large roasting tin with oil and set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, mix together the beef, 3 sticks of celery, grated carrots, apple, eggs, bread, oats, wheatgerm and tomato concentrate using your hands. Divide the meat mixture into four equal parts and make loaf shapes. Place the loaves in the roasting tin. Surround them with the potatoes, remaining carrots and remaining celery. Cover the tin with a lid 9or with tin foil).
    3. Bake for 80 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the meat is cooked through and no longer pink in the centre. The internal temperature should be 80 degrees C when tested with a meat thermometer. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
    4. Portion the food into containers with one loaf and one quarter of the vegetables in each one. Store in the fridge. To serve, give your dog 1/3 of a container with each portion of dried food.

    Small portions

    You can also portion out the meat loaves into muffin tins as seen in the photo. If you do this cooking time will need to be reduced to about 40 minutes.

    A balanced diet

    Supplement your dog's food with the correct ratio of calcium to phosphorous in addition to varying protein sources (including organ meat), fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also good practice to provide a daily multivitamin to dogs along with omega-3 fish oils and a pro-biotic. The following are toxic to dogs even in small amounts: onions, avocados, chocolate, macadamia nuts, garlic, grapes, raisins, apple pips and yeast dough.

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    Good recipe to start making your dog's food from scratch. I substituted cooked brown rice for the bread and wheat germ and swapped potato for yams. There's no nutritional value in white bread - that was an absurd suggestion by the editors. I also added 2 cloves garlic - just learned recently that garlic is good for dogs in very small amounts. Also, instead of making the logs (and therefore, a mess), I baked the meatloaf using a 12-cup muffin tin, spraying it with olive oil first. Then you have neat little servings already portioned out.  -  02 Apr 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I changed the preparation method of this recipe, but did not tamper with the ingredients, which my dog loved. I found that if i served the vegetables on the side as stated in the recipe, that my dog either picked them out, or ate them and did not digest them fully (ask me how I know...). So I just put all the vegetables called for in the food processor and chopped them very finely, then mixed with the rest of the ingredients and proceeded as directed in the recipe. Nothing picked out this time! My dog ate up the whole thing. My dog is old...15 years maybe some of those vegetables were too hard to chew, maybe her digestion isn't as efficient as it used to be, but whatever the reason, changing the preparation as I did worked for us. If you have an older or picky dog I recommend you try this. Also, I always add some flaxseed oil and some ground flaxseed to this before I serve it. It's great for the coat, and helps dogs with arthritis.  -  13 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    Thank you emnd1204 for reviewing my recipe. The original recipe called for 2 pieces of bread. I did not specify "white" bread. I left this up to the cook. Personally I haven't eaten white bread since I was a child. I prefer whole wheat myself. If you consider the recipe ingredients you will see that it contains 1 cup of rolled oats and 1 cup of wheat germ. Also in the original recipe, the vegetables that surrounded the loaves were mashed prior to placing in the storage containers to allow for easier digestion. My dogs always picked at these and often left them uneaten. The recipe was changed by the editors when they reviewed it.  -  22 Jun 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)