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Top 10 Things to do on Your Pet’s Birthday

cat and dog birthday cakePets 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. August 1 is typically recognized as the universal birthday for shelter and rescue dogs everywhere. Either way, if you’re one of the many pet owners who celebrate your pet’s life each year, we’ve got 10 great ideas just for you. From birthday cakes for dogs, cat toys, dog birthday treats and pet-friendly birthday cakes, your pet is bound to enjoy his or her special day!

Ever Baked a Cat or Dog Birthday Cake?

  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. Cakes for dogs and cats are a great way to make furry friends feel like the VIP(ets) they truly are.
  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? Let us know in the comments!

Remember, the best gift you can give your doggy or kitty is its health. When unexpected pet health conditions and costs arise, your four-legged friend’s wellness is just a quote away at Trupanion, your #1 provider for pet insurance.

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9 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.

  3. Phteven says:

    I like to dress my dog up in a burger costume and go rob banks.

  4. molly says:

    Today is my pups 2nd birthday, the first since I adopted him. He got scrambled eggs and liver for breakfast, a new toy, snuggle time, and a walk in the rain, which he loves. He will be getting spoiled all day, with lots of attention, walks and play time.

  5. Tayah says:

    I think this is a good way to celebrate a pets birthday I have done it and all of those other years of my pet on its birthday just slaking once I have seen this website i will do I it for my pets until the day they die

  6. Jasdeep says:

    I have imagined to celebrate my dog’s 1st birthday by filling up a room with colorful balls. Making a meatpie as his birthday cake. Lots of healthy snacks for the dogs. Inviting his best friend all the other doggy friends. Taking them out to the park with an air filled pool with a slide. It’s going to be a crazy party! Everyone’s going to have fun. And everyone’s going to wear the birthday caps. Of course not to forget the birthday boy banner and balloons. And gift him his favorite toy.

  7. Lori says:

    Respecting your pet friendly cake recipe in #4 of Top 10 Things to do on your Dog’s Birthday, I’m hearing more and more of puppies/dogs who have allergies to wheat. If I bake these cupcakes for my puppy’s first birthday should I substitute the all purpose flour for whole wheat as I’m uncertain if her dog friend’s have a wheat allergy or is it safe if they have only one cupcake each? Thanx in advance for your help 🙂

    • Kathryn says:

      Each dog is different and your dog’s veterinarian (or her dog friends’ veterinarians) can offer tailored advice for your pet regarding dietary restrictions. If you aren’t sure if they have wheat allergies, be sure to give them treats in moderation. You can always list the ingredients or let the other pet owners know what their dogs are eating and they can make the decision whether or not they want to give their pets a cupcake.

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