Celebrating Your Cat or Dog’s Birthday

Birthdays can be a special time for every member of the household—including your family pet. First things first, though. While visions of birthday treats and presents are dancing in your head, make sure that your pet is up to date on his or her preventive care before you get on with the festivities. You’ll have peace of mind knowing that your pet can be healthier for years to come with an established preventive care plan in place.

But there’s still plenty of room to have some fun, too! Here are some things you can do to make your pet’s birthday a memorable one.

A new toy. Giving your pet something new to play with is a great way to enrich your pet’s environment. A toy that dispenses food after your pet solves a puzzle, for example, can provide hours of entertainment and help prevent boredom. Other gifts might include a new bed or scratching post.

A favorite treat. Offering a treat that helps prevent tartar buildup on your pet’s teeth can be fun and practical at the same time. But avoid fatty or rich foods as these can cause digestive upset.

Extra attention. Spending more time with your pet is a nice gift. After all, your pet lives for you, is loyal and provides unconditional love and companionship. The extra attention is a great way to give something in return.

More play time. Many pets love to play! Whether it’s fetching a ball or chasing the dot of a laser pointer, extra play can help prevent obesity and boredom with all that running around.

Throw a party. Even pets have their favorite playmates, so why not invite their friends over for a play date? Social interaction with other people and pets is important and can help prevent certain behavioral issues, such as being fearful or aggressive in social situations.

A trip to the dog park. While visiting the dog park on your pet’s birthday is a good activity for this special day, regular exercise and outings are important and can help prevent obesity for both you and your pet.

Extra grooming. For pets that like being pet or brushed, extra grooming sessions can help prevent skin issues or help you find problems early on. It feels good for most pets, too.

With a little imagination you can make your pet’s birthday something to bark or meow about.

For more tips on health and enrichment, visit our pet health resources page