I’m pretty lucky with the fact that my kid is a good eater. He loves mom’s cooking and will pretty much inhale whatever it is that I give him. Of course there are some exceptions and there are a few things he’s allergic too, but overall he’s pretty easy to please.
I try to make sure he gets a wide variety of food through the week and that includes fish. For Rocky, Fridays are known as “Fishie Fridays” and if you say “Fishie” to him, he knows exactly what you’re talking about.
Normally he gets a tin of sardines packed in spring water. All the health benefits fish provide for humans, also benefit dogs. Which for doggies, includes a healthy shiny coat.
I like to change it up every so often so that sardines aren’t the only fish Rocky gets exposed to. I started toying around with other ideas and finally decided I could make a fish loaf that included eggs and other items to provide a more rounded meal.
Rocky’s Salmon Loaf
- 4 six ounce cans of boneless skinless salmon (packed in water)
- 1 clove of garlic grated
- 2 eggs
- 1 C of quick oats
- 14 baby carrots (or 4 large carrots) finely chopped
- 2 stalks of celery finely chopped
- 1/4 C of dried cranberries
- 1/2 C of chopped spinach
Preheat the oven to 350. In a large mixing bowl, dump in the salmon. Go through the salmon and make sure there are no bones that got over looked. Then add all the other ingredients and combine well. Spray a 1 1/2 QT loaf pan with no stick spray and add in the salmon mix. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the loaf is set and starts pulling away from the sides. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before slicing into portions. Portion out slices according to your dog’s size.
Rocky is 60lbs, 1/2 thick slice makes a meal.
I like using the canned salmon as opposed to the salmon in a pouch because the canned has a little bit more moisture to it and since this is baked, I wanted it to not dry out too much. The veggies and eggs also help keep this moist and the oatmeal provides a nice whole grain as well as acting as the binder holding everything together.
You can portion this out into smaller loaf pans if that’s what you have on hand. I just happen to have that size, before I would put the mixture in bread loaf pans. Not filling it all the way to the top, but splitting it between two.
Yes the house will smell like fish as this is baking, if you like fish it’s not a problem. And feel free to sample some if it smells too inviting.
This also freezes very well. When I make my portions, I wrap them in plastic wrap and then place them in freezer bags. I can just pull out portions and thaw for feeding. And I crumble it up into a bowl for his meal. Add a dollop of yogurt or cottage cheese, and I have a very happy kid.
Have fun guys, and give your doggie something special every so often!