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Top 10 Things to do on Your Pet’s Birthday

dog and cat with birthday cake partyPets have a special place in our lives and many pet owners want to celebrate the wonderful bond they have developed with their pet by throwing a birthday party or “gotcha day” celebration. If you’re one of the many pet owners who celebrates your pet’s life each year, we‘ve got 10 great ideas just for you. Your pet is certain to enjoy his or her special day!

  1. King/Queen for a day – Pamper your precious pet with lots of love, attention, and play time. Your furry pal will feel extra special and appreciated because your love is the best gift you can give.
  2. Birthday party – Many pet owners choose to celebrate by throwing a birthday party for their pet. You can invite some of your pet’s closest animal and human friends to join in the festivities. Don’t forget the party hats!
  3. Sing a song – It’s a tradition in many countries to sing a birthday song to the birthday boy or girl (or pet!), so why not sing to your pet? Better yet, make up a new song just for your special four-legged friend.
  4. Bake a cake – Whether you look up a pet-friendly cake recipe, or just adorn a can of your dog/cat’s favorite wet food with some pieces of kibble and a birthday candle, your pet is certain to enjoy this special meal!
  5. Give gifts – It’s time to go out and buy that super-awesome dog or cat toy that you’ve been eyeing at the pet store! Some pets will even unwrap gifts themselves, but be sure to supervise and make sure they don’t swallow the paper or ribbons.
  6. Exercise your pet – Take your dog for a jog or out to the park and break out your cat’s favorite toys for some good, old-fashioned exercise. Your pet will enjoy burning off the extra energy from his/her birthday cake!
  7. Take pictures – The guest of honor deserves to be in the spotlight all day, so get glammed up and snap away! Be sure to share your photos with the world! Or at least our Facebook page;)
  8. Get creative – Get in touch with your creative side by making something for for your pet. Some ideas: Consider knitting, crocheting, or sewing a special pet blanket. Build a dog house. Make homemade pet toys. Make a personalized picture frame for a photo of your pet on his birthday. The possibilities are endless!
  9. Snuggle time – Take an afternoon cat nap or dog snooze to spend some down-time with your pet and allow them to rest after all of the day’s excitement.
  10. Donate to charity - Give back to needy pets by donating to a local pet shelter or charity in your pet’s name. What better way to honor your pet than by giving to pets that are less fortunate?

Do you have any other ideas to add?

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

2 Responses to Top 10 Things to do on Your Pet’s Birthday

  1. raven+barry2k13 says:

    i celebrated my dog with a special card and teddy from card factory, we also celebrated christmas with him by buying him a build-a-bead. love my basset hound barry :)

  2. london says:

    I celebrate my dogs birthday by letting all of his puppy friends come over and I take him and his friends to the dog park. After that I bake them a cake or I buy them a cake, then I let oliver my dog open his presents. I also dress him up in a doggy wedding suit. At the end of the day all the dogs get to spend the night and we all watch a movie about dog usually Beverly hills Chihuahua because oliver is a chihuahua then the dogs go to sleep in Oliver’s room.

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