You may already celebrate your dog’s birthday by singing to him, showering him with treats and sharing his cute (and sometimes embarrassing) puppy pictures with everyone you see. But how excited will your dog be this year when you also present him with a birthday cake! A homemade dog birthday cake can be easy to bake and a delicious treat for your pup on his special day.
Choosing safe ingredients is the most important part of baking for your pup! Select healthy fruits and vegetables to include in your dog’s birthday cake to boost his energy and provide some extra vitamins and minerals.
Peanut butter is a dog favorite, but certain brands contain an ingredient that is toxic to dogs. If your peanut butter contains xylitol, don’t feed it to your dog! Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is toxic to dogs and will cause vomiting, depression and seizures. Peanut butter is also high in fat, so if your dog is working on shedding some pounds consider choosing a recipe with healthier options!
From the Box
For dog owners who don’t always succeed when baking from scratch, the option of using a dog-friendly cake mix may be the best route. Pupcake mixes come in a variety of flavors from peanut butter dog cakes to banana, and there’s even the option for dog-friendly cheesecakes! One of the most well-known brands, Puppy Cake, has affordable and healthy options for every dog!
From the Store
Maybe you want to skip the hassle of the kitchen entirely and bring your dog a cake right from the store. You’re in luck! Dog bakeries have been popping up all over the United States in the last few years. These bakeries make everything from simple treats to elaborate custom design dog cakes. A quick internet search will provide you with the nearest dog-friendly barkery!
Other Birthday Treats
If your dog isn’t a fan of cake, or you want to provide him with a healthier treat, making your own pupsicles can be a great alternative! These cold popsicle treats can incorporate fresh fruit or frozen meat!
Birthday treats don’t have to be edible! It’s easy to find a dog birthday gifts for dogs of any age! New toys, activities or accessories for your dog can be a fun way to celebrate his big day.
The best birthday treat your dog can enjoy is your company! Take your dog to a new park, go explore the state forest down the road or spend some time playing catch in your backyard. And don’t forget to sing another round of Happy Birthday to your pup from the AKC Pet Insurance team!