Tuna loaf

by | Dec 15, 2012 | 91 comments


This tuna loaf dog treat recipe was given to me by Alison, the owner of Brodie and Harris!  It’s mysimplest homeade dog friendly recipes that is prepared and cooked within 10 minutes!  We’re gonna be using a 1.1L food storage container found in any supermarker to make this but you can use a large bowl and cover with a large plate.


2 tins of tuna in oil or water, 2 eggs, 160g of flour (wholemeal or plain), 1 garlic clove or 1 small teaspoon of lazy garlic. But isn’t garlic bad for dogs?


tuna loaf ingredients

Our Ingredients

tuna in a mixing bowl

Add 2 tins of tuna in oil (use the oil/water).

eggs in mixing bowl

Add two eggs

flour in a mixing bowl

Add 160g (5½ oz) of flour

adding garlic to mixing bowl

Add 1 crushed garlic clove or 1 small teaspoon of chopped garlic

mixed dog cake dough

Mix everything together to form a thick paste-like consistency.

tuna loaf in a tray

Spread into a microwave-safe container. This is a typical 1.1L size available at every supermarket.

Or you can buy here.

dog cake in microwave

Lay lid slightly ajar on top and cook for 4 minutes, rest for 1, then cook for another minute.

tuna loaf cooling on window sill

It's very hot once cooked, so tap out of container and leave to cool.

chopping up dog cake

Once cooled slice up

tuna loaf dog treats in a container

And put the treats in a container.

dog tasting a treat

Have a taste test with the dog, fridge what you will use in a few days and freeze the rest.

How to store

As a general guide if meat protein is present in recipe then it will last around 3 to 5 days stored in a cool place.  If it has second class protein in it eg. cheese, lentils, eggs, etc, then they will store for about 10 days in a cool place. You can use cake tins lined with baking paper – greaseproof. If there is no meat or second class proteins present then it will last around 3 weeks before they go soft like human biscuits.

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By Jamie Shanks

BDWS is owned and run by me, Jamie Shanks. I’ve been a professional dog walker since 2010. When I’m not walking dogs, I’m usually at home entertaining my three dogs and attending to five hens and my vegetable garden. 


  1. I don’t own a microwave….how long would you bake it for in the oven?

  2. Hi, made my first batch with gluten free flour adding extra water. Is it supposed to be rubbery ?

    • It’s prob the gluten-free flour doing that. I’ve never made it with that so I dont have first-hand experience.

    • Did the dog like it?

  3. Hi thank you for the tuna loaf recipe, would a gluten free flour produce the same type of of loaf? I have a dog with Mega oesophagus and can only tolerate moist treats and another dog on a gluten free diet.

    Thank you in advance for your help ????

    • yeah but I think with gluten-free you may need a little more water in the mix, you’ll just have to try it.

    • Thank you ???? sorry for the reply delay I have only just seen this. The email I gave had a typo cprichard@sky.com is the right one ????

  4. can this be dehydrated to store?

    • Yeah, I guess so. Will prob make a very tasty crunchy treat.

  5. Can I use garlic paste instead of a garlic clove?

    • Yeah, just a small teaspoon

  6. My gang of 8 go mad for these, could you tell me how long they can be safely stored in the fridge in an air tight container please, need to batch cook as I go through loads at each treat sitting. Thanks

    • storage instructions now on post

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  8. Since I lacked a bit of flour, I used half and reduced everything to half except for the clove I used, it was a bit small so I think it’s fine ^_^ They’re still cooking and I hope my 5 weeks would love it. He already loves tuna so this has to be something he should like <3

  9. Hi,
    Can this be made in a loaf tin so it comes out more like a cake? I’d like to make it for my dog’s next birthday. Thanks.

    • I’m sure you can. I’ve never done it. Look at the liver cake recipe for a better idea how to do it, since its pretty much the same thing but using liver.

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