Any dog owner will tell you that our pups aren’t just an animal- they’re a member of our family. So why not treat your dog’s birthday as you would for one of your kids birthdays? You might not need to hire out the local kid’s hangout and throw a big celebration- but there’s certainly nothing wrong with baking a healthy cake for your dog, for the big day!
Healthy Dog Cake Recipe
- 1 egg
- 65g peanut butter
- 60ml vegetable oil
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 80g honey
- 135g carrots
- 120g wholemeal flour
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
- Before you start, you’ll need to pre-heat your oven to around 180 C/Gas 4/ 350 F
- Grease a ring tin or a square tin. You won’t need anything huge for this, so just a simple sandwich tin will do- roughly medium size.
- Grate the carrots
- Mix together your egg, peanut butter oil, vanilla and honey.
- Add in your grated carrots, mixing together well.
- Sift your bicarbonate of soda and flour together, before adding to your mixture
- Make sure your ingredients are thoroughly blended together, so that everything is spread evenly throughout the batter
- Add this to your prepared cake tin
- Bake for 40 minutes.
- Remove your completed cake from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack.
Now, all you’ll need to do is decorate your dog’s cake to your hearts content! Some good options for decorating include a layer of xylitol-free peanut butter, carrots or a little cream cheese (bearing in mind this isn’t the best option for those suffering with lactose intolerance). Oh- and don’t forget to sing “Happy Birthday” as you bring out their treat!
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Great Gifts for Dogs on Their Birthday
So, now you’ve done the biggest part of the big day- the cake- you’ll probably want to know what to get for Fido as a birthday treat. Not to worry, as we’ve got you covered there, too.
Few things make a pup happier than a brand-new toy. And we’ve scoured the online shopping giant for some of the most popular toys for your dog’s birthday
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A giant in the dog toy world, KONG toys are pretty much indestructible and therefore excellent for pups who like to gnaw or have a penchant for destroying their pressies within minutes. They’re famous for their tougher toys- but they actually do soft toys too.
- Soft toys
One of the most popular items of these soft toys is the Wild Knots Bear dog toy. This is one of the most-loved items in the “birthday purchases for dogs” section of Amazon, which is a saturated market- so they’ve done incredibly well to get here.
- Toys that tickle the sense
Another great option- particularly for dogs who like to use their brains, is to get a toy that entices their noses. From in-built bells and squeakers that keep their ears pricked up to treat balls that hold their goods unless played-with in a particular way. There are some great options out there for dogs that like their toys to be a little more interactive.
You’ve got the toys that work for your pup- now it’s time for the food that works with the toy! If you’re looking for something that will work with a treat toy, you’ll definitely need something small. These also have the added benefit of being amazing for training, so there’s no harm in picking up a few bags during your shop.
You don’t have to get any old rubbish for these toys, however. Indeed, a great way of treating your dog is to use healthier options that ensure they don’t let their desire for sweet things get the better of them. Cranberry treats, for example, work really well and can even do your dogs digestive tract some good. Just be sure not to overfeed your pup on these, as sometimes your dog’s health may do a 180 based entirely on too much of a good thing!
For bigger treats, you’d do well to choose those which have a little more substance. Rawhide is a popular option and is available in most pet shops, but it’s still debated as to whether they’re any good for your dog. Other options include yak’s milk treats, antlers or various meaty offerings. These tend to last a little longer but can be more expensive, so it’s a case of cost vs yield and what you’re happy to spend on your pups birthday.
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Other Gifts for Your Dog
One of the more understated gifts for your canine companion is something as simple as a new collar. Considering out dog’s wear their collars all day, every day, it’s not surprising that they can wear down very easily- even becoming pretty dirty within a relatively short period of time. As such, it can absolutely be worth splurging a little each birthday and giving your pup a brand-new collar.
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If, however, your dog is attached to their current collar, something like a new tag can make a good alternative. Each tag should abide by your state’s code and your dog’s birthday can be the perfect excuse to keep them up-to-date and up-to-code. This way, if the worst should happen, you’ll know that all your information is correct, and you won’t struggle with going through the guilt of knowing you never got around to changing your pups info.
A new lead is also another good alternative, giving your pup a fresh feel when out for their walkies, while remaining comfortable for you, too as a handler. Who would have though that something so simple could have such a big effect- changing walks from a chore to a dream.