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Featuring Demian Dressler, DVM and Sue Ettinger, DVM, Dip. ACVIM (Oncology), authors of The Dog Cancer Survival Guide

Dog Treats for Dogs with Cancer: Turkey Meatballs (YUM!)

Updated: April 7th, 2022


Looking for a dog cancer diet-friendly treat for your dog? Renée’s turkey meatballs are great for cheat days AND every day!

Renée Is a Dog Cancer Expert 🙁

We’ve lost 4 dogs to various cancers in the last 10 years: in 2009, 2010, 2016, and 2017. (As well as my husband Mike in 2015 💔).

So when Roscoe was diagnosed with prostate cancer in late February 2020 my broken heart shattered.  I had started homemade food/treats for them in 2018 when I retired and so I began doing tons of research on foods that help fight cancer. I also get tons of support from the LSU Oncology and Integrative Medicine departments (where Roscoe is being treated) as well as FB groups.

As of Jan 2021, Roscoe is still active, eating, drinking, and peeing and pooping great. (The last two are very key for prostate cancer dogs). Roscoe had 3 days of SRT radiation in late March 2020, but all other treatments are supplements and food (no chemo).

Editors Note: Roscoe passed in November of 2021, almost two full years since his diagnosis of prostate cancer. He was fourteen. Renée has since published a recipe book you can find on Amazon. [We may earn a small affiliate fee from links on this site.]

This is a picture of me with Roscoe back in 2011 shortly after he adopted me 💙

This is Roscoe today.

Here is my recipe for Turkey Meatballs, one of his favorites:

Turkey Meatballs


  • 2 1/2 lb ground turkey
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/8 cup ground flax seed in a 1/4 cup of water (mix together then add)
  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • (You can also use any combo of oat, brown rice, coconut and/or almond flour)


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Get a baking sheet (you may need more than one) and line it with parchment paper.

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Roll the meatballs into whatever size you want (I make them kinda small cuz my two get too many throughout the day 🤗)

Place on lined baking sheets. These do not spread in the oven, so they can be about an inch apart.

Bake for 30 mins (longer depending on the size of the meatballs, you may need more or less time).

Meatballs are done when they are firm, but not hard. You can cut one open and see if it is cooked all the way through.

Meatballs can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. Freeze extras and thaw as needed!

I hope your dog loves these as much as my Roscoe does!


Want to use food to help your dog with cancer? Chapter 14 is where it’s at!


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  1. Cindy Blevins on April 17, 2022 at 8:52 am

    They look yummy!

  2. K Flaster on February 6, 2021 at 7:17 pm

    What to do for what is said to be large inoperable undifferentiated sarcoma on the left side of abdomen —- 7 1/2 year old “loved” all black beautiful Border Collie Chow to encourage appetite and quality of life?

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