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March 05, 2018

To us pet lovers, our dogs and cat are no less important than other family members – which is why celebrating them comes pretty naturally. One of the ways pet owners like to make their furry friends feel special is by celebrating their birthday with a bang.

A birthday party for your fur baby can be a special occasion where you invite other canine or feline friends to come along and have a good romp around in the backyard while chomping down delicious party food. The crew will love it even more if you add games and have prizes in the form of toys or treats!

Whether you know your pet’s actual birth date or are just looking to honor the day he joined your family, here are some ideas that will help you host a party that your little friend will remember for a long time.

1. What are some of the places you can hold a party?

The choice of location will depend on a number of factors, like the number of guests, time of the year, and the size of cats/dogs attending. For instance, a party of 10 Golden Retrievers will require more space than a party for 10 Yorkshire Terriers. If you have a big yard, then you can easily hold the party at your home.

However, if you live in an apartment then you might need to find a dog or pet-friendly park nearby. In large urban centres, more and more pet daycares, play centres and spas are available to expertly host your party to minimize stress and cleanup for you. Regardless of what you choose, your fur baby and his furry friends are sure to have a great time.

In urban centres, taking your paw friends to a dog park might be a great idea for a party

2. What about the décor, menu, loot bags, cake, and other accessories?

At the party, you will need to have lots of fresh, drinkable water available at all times, since canines and other furry pets can easily get hot and very thirsty playing around. However, when it comes to snacks, be sure to check with other pet owners joining the party and see if you might need to stay away from certain ingredients. You obviously don’t want to present anything that could put their health in jeopardy!

One of the best parts of hosting a birthday party for your furbaby is the cake! Follow the same guidelines as you did when choosing the snacks, and try to find or make a cake that contains ingredients that your guests can safely consume. There are more and more dog bakeries springing up every week, and lots of pet-friendly treats and cakes can be made using simple ingredients at home. In fact, you will have a great time making it with your pet.

Lastly, head to the party supply store and purchase an array of colorful balloons, streamers, and party favors. Make sure to stay away from party poppers and anything that your fur baby can swallow that will harm his health. Other things to keep your dog away from include balloons, which are choking hazards, and can be scary when they pop. You should also keep tinsel and ribbons away.

Remember that when hosting a birthday party for your cat or dog, make sure to send invitations. You can be as creative as you like and send it with a good doggy chew or a picture of your cat, etc. Do something that your friends will remember. You can also have loot bags full of special treats and a basic toy or two that your pet-owning friends can take home.

A great idea is to make a cake with your fur baby's favourite food, and use mashed potato for icing! 

3. How many guests is too many?

While there are a number of decisions to make when planning a birthday party for your pet friend, one of the key considerations is the guest list. When you decide who to invite to your fur baby's party, it will be easier to decide things such as the theme and location.

It is better to start with grownup friends and family members, especially those who have pets of their own. If you are planning to include children in the party make sure you take into account their ages and level of experience with animals. The key is to balance attention needed and supervision by pets and children at the party.

The number of guests you invite will certainly depend on the kind of space you have. If you have a small yard, it is best to keep the number to a minimum since pets, especially dogs, like to run around a lot- and you don’t want the party to get crowded. Only invite those who are mature, know how to handle animals and are not allergic or afraid of them in anyway. You are better off risking hurt feelings and not inviting a dog who doesn’t get along well with other pets and people. You should try and avoid a potentially dangerous situation.

Figure out how many dogs you want to invite to your fur baby's party

4. What are the latest pet birthday party trends?

As per a Psychology Today Magazine survey, 25 per cent of 13,000 participants responded that they celebrate their pet’s birthday. If you are planning to throw your little one a surprise birthday, you should be aware of some of the recent pet party trends.

1. Toy shaped treats – You can look up numerous recipes for special pet treats online that your fur baby is sure to love.

2. Talent shows – Hold a pet contest and ask your pet-owning friends if their pets know any special tricks. Train your own pet for the big event and make sure to award the winner with a memorable prize.

3. Find it games – If you have a dog then ‘find it’ games are a great way for to have fun. Hide treats in different places and allow each dog to look for them one at a time. Your dog will not require training for this, and it’s an entertaining way to teach him how to utilize his sense of smell and get his mind working for treats.

5. Where can I go for inspiration?

The Internet is the best source of inspiration if you wish to celebrate your fur baby's birthday in style. Pinterest, Instagram, and YouTube are great places to get started. Furthermore, an online search can also

help you with ideas on how to celebrate the big day in the safest and most efficient way possible. If you are looking to avoid blunders, try talking to a friend who has already hosted a pet birthday party and see if they can offer you some valuable advice.


Many people take the opportunity to celebrate their fur babies with a professional photo shoot

Bio: Brandi Marcene is a writer based in the U.S. with close to a decade's worth of experience. She has written extensively on pets, including authoring several eBooks and blogs on training and communicating with dogs.

*Bernard and Kitty's Waggy Tales articles are for information purposes only and are neither intended as, nor should be substituted for professional advice, or the treatment or diagnosis of any health conditions. Information that is provided in this blog is intended for general knowledge: consult your veterinarian if you have questions about caring for your animal, or about your animal’s health or condition.

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