You Should Never Give Your Dog Birthday Cake

Think again before giving your dog a big ol’ slice of cake for his birthday

So, you’re throwing a pet birthday party. Your beloved dog has taken another trip around the sun, and of course you want to honor your furry friend. So you gather your friends (and their dogs) and you put together a delightful day for your human and canine buddies with a menu filled with delicious dog food and some appetizers for people, of course.

But what’s for dessert? Birthday cake, right? Wrong. You should never give your dog birthday cake.

One of the key ingredients in both cake and frosting is bad news for Fido: dairy. Dogs have a hard time breaking down the enzymes in dairy products, and eating milk, cream, or butter can lead to violent vomiting and diarrhea. That’s not a fun birthday!

Beyond that, common cake ingredients and add-ons are also unhealthy and potentially deadly for doggos. Chocolate, nutmeg, raisins, and macadamia nuts can all be seriously detrimental for your dog’s health and should never be fed to them.

So when planning your dog’s birthday party (or celebrating your own big day with your best furry friend), just stick to plain ol’ dog treats and maybe some peanut butter. Your dog will like that more anyway!

Want to know what foods you can give your puppers? Click here for 18 superfoods you should try feeding your dog.