Hanford Veterinary Hospital Blog
Teaspoon of Fun, Cupful of Safety: Let’s Celebrate Pet Birthdays (Responsibly!)
A birthday party is always a good reason to celebrate, but a pet birthday party is really something special. Pet owners naturally attracted to this kind of event have likely spent months daydreaming about it, but it’s also possible to pull off a pet birthday party without too much advanced planning.
Pet birthdays are always meaningful, and when everything is done with safety in mind, all guests can enjoy the celebration. The only problem? Pet birthdays only come around once a year!
The location of your pet’s birthday party is the key to your success. A gathering at your place might be ideal for certain family members and friends that require the comforts of home. But for many young dogs this can be a mistake. In this case, reserving a spot at a park is a great solution for enthusiastic and active pets.
Don’t be afraid to remind your guests to update their pet’s microchip information, and be sure that all your pet’s friends wear their collars and ID tags (even if they aren’t going to be off-leash).
A wide, open space is perfect for setting up a fun obstacle or agility course for your pet’s friends to run through. You can also coordinate games of fetch or tug of war. Fill a kiddie pool with balls or water (or both!), and create other dog-centered games to scatter around the party’s locale.
Some pet birthdays are incomplete without a costume contest! Set up a photo booth with instant film cameras and try your hand at arranging pets for their portraits. Don’t forget to post your photos online!
Hosts of all types of pet birthday parties should always have fresh, cool drinking water. Stage bowls around the perimeter of the play area and refill as necessary.
It’s also a great idea to help motivate your pet’s animal friends with delicious, healthy snacks. Consider platters of homemade treats, such as slices of baked sweet potato, or bite-size portions of carrots, apples, and other fresh veggies and fruits.
Lastly, don’t forget to bring extra waste bags. Your animal guests will likely need them!
Blow Out the Candles
A birthday cake is pretty central to this event, but not just any cake will do. You can have a regular cake set aside just for your human guests, but be certain the animal guests cannot get to it.
It may work to have seperate cakes, or you can provide a single pet-friendly cake for everyone to taste. Enlist a special pet bakery, or talented friend, or family member to help you create a safe version of cake for pets. Check out these recipes to help you get started.
Favors for Pet Birthdays
Goody bags can help your guests close out a super successful party. They can simply include a few toys or treats. Just be sure not to offer anything that could be a choking hazard or a poisoning risk.
We Be Chillin’
Your pet may have relished being the center of attention for a couple of hours. Good for them! Afterwards, give them time to unwind. Offer lots of praise and invite them to cuddle with you for a good long time.