Imagine that you find out that a good friend of yours is having a birthday soon. You get excited and want to organize a party to show all your love. It doesn’t have to be a big event, just a few close friends and family. The first thing you think of, and that you can’t miss at the party: the birthday cake. Have you ever encountered this situation? But, now think, that great friend could be your dog! After all, he is always with you, supports you in bad times and gives you many happy moments. He’s your best friend. Nothing fairer than celebrating his birthday by enjoying a delicious cake!
What Kind Of Cakes Can A Dog Eat?
But wait. Can dogs eat cakes? Yes, dogs can eat cakes! It is possible to make a special cake for your dog. But, it is not made with the same ingredients and in the same proportions as our birthday cakes, which use large amounts of sugar, flour and delicious toppings. Cakes made for dogs should only be made with foods they can eat, such as meat, chicken liver, vegetables and dog food.
How Do I Make A Birthday Cake For My Dog? How Do You Decorate A Dog’s Birthday Cake?
In case you’re wondering where you can find a cake for your buddy’s birthday. So I’ll give you good news: currently, some bakeries specialize in producing these different and special foods for our furry friends. In them, you can find a huge variety of goodies such as sweets, cupcakes, cookies, lollipops, personalized cakes and even some drinks made especially for our buddy dogs. But if you’re the type that likes to show your affection by getting your hands dirty, you can prepare a delicious homemade dog cake for your dog party at home. However, you should be aware of a few aspects:
- Research the ingredients you want to use – Some foods such as milk, onions, grapes, garlic, chocolate, macadamias and others, cannot be provided to dogs at all! These foods are toxic for dogs, that is, when eating them, the dog can get sick and show clinical signs such as vomiting, and diarrhea and, depending on the severity of intoxication, it can lead to death.
- I know your dog and you were very happy to celebrate his birthday, but be careful, not a large amount of food that your dog is not used to eating, as it can cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting, diarrhea and flatulence due to changes in the intestinal flora.
- Beware of excessive use of proteins and fats. Some dogs, especially the elderly or obese, may have changes in organs such as kidneys and pancreas and therefore may have more difficulty in synthesizing the nutrients from these foods. This can cause pancreatitis or kidney overload.
- Do not exceed the amount of daily calories your dog can eat. Of course, once in a while, it won’t be a big problem. But, avoid exaggeration in the celebration. Just like we don’t eat a whole cake, your dog shouldn’t eat one on his birthday either! Celebrate in moderation!
- Take him to the vet for an annual check-up to make sure everything is ok with the dog’s health and that he can eat ingredients other than his usual food.
- Do not give different foods without supervision, or knowing that you will leave your dog alone after eating them, as he may have an allergy and you will not be there to help him.
What Is A Good Treat For A Dog’s Birthday?
Now that you’ve understood everything you need to know to celebrate another year of your furry’s life, I’m going to show you a simple and safe recipe to make this day better.
- 2 cups of dry food that your dog already consumes daily;
- ½ cup of the sachet (wet food) of your dog’s preference;
- 1 drizzle of coconut oil;
- ½ grated carrot;
- 1 cup of mashed pumpkin;
- some dog biscuits to use for decoration;
- Cook 1 cup of pumpkin until it is very soft.
- Grate the carrot
- Place the ingredients: dry food, wet food, coconut oil and carrots in a blender or mixer, and mix well to form a paste. Sometimes it gets a little complicated to mix all these ingredients, if that’s the case, you can add a little water from the cooking of the pumpkin or filtered water. Add slowly and carefully so that the paste is not too liquid. NEVER use milk!
While you prepare the mixture, preheat the oven to 365°F for ten minutes.
- Pour the mixture into a silicone mold and let it rest for a few minutes.
- Place the mold with the dough in the oven, already preheated to 356°F, for 35 minutes, or until golden on top. Don’t let it go too long so it doesn’t get hard as it cools.
- Remove from the oven and place on a plate of your choice, wait for it to cool.
- For the decoration, add the mashed pumpkin on top and finish with some bone-shaped snacks on top.
This is a simple recipe that can be used to make cakes of different flavors for your dog. Thus, you can use it as a base and add other ingredients that do not affect the health of dogs. You can also make it in different ways, such as cupcakes or by dividing the dough into several layers. Be creative! You can use other ingredients to make the cake filling such as shredded chicken, homemade liver pate, and mashed carrots and for topping and decoration use fruits, vegetables, pet whipped cream, cookies and dog bones. Your dog will love it!
And for the party to be more complete, you can make small sweets like pumpkin lollipops with strawberry filling, chicken cubes, and liver balls among other canine delights. But always remember to check if the ingredient you want to use is safe for your pet, ok? Don’t forget to always provide clean water so your friend doesn’t get thirsty at the party. And, be careful not to exaggerate the amounts of treats, your dog doesn’t want his gift to be a trip to the veterinary hospital.
With all these delicious treats, your dog’s party will be perfect! Hope you and your dog celebrate many birthdays together!