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Party Animals! Your Guide To Throwing A Pet Friendly Party

Throughout history, human beings will find any excuse to throw a party. We get together to celebrate nearly every milestone in life including birthdays, graduations, awards, retirements, baptisms, and many more. But why should we have all the fun?

Today’s pets enjoy an elevated status in our society, and with over 50% of U.S. households containing one or more four-legged family member, it makes sense that the pet party industry has taken off. At West Park Animal Hospital we love the idea of celebrating pets, and have put together some ideas to get you started off on the right paw when it comes to throwing your own pet friendly party.

Location, Location, Location

Choosing the right location is key to the success of any pet friendly party. A fenced in yard is ideal, but if you don’t have enough space in your home check out the local options in your community such as a local park (be sure to abide by leash laws), doggie daycare, or community center.

The Guest List

Just like with a human party, the guest list can make or break your gathering. Make sure to invite pets that get along with each other, and consider the ages and experience levels of any children that will be in attendance.


A good menu is essential to any party. Besides providing for the humans at your party, you’ll need to make sure your four-legged guests have something tasty to munch on. Try making a batch of homemade dog treats or pupcakes, and make sure to provide plenty of bowls of fresh water.


A party isn’t complete without an activity or two, but with a group of pets this can get tricky. Opt for simple, easy pet party games that don’t encourage jealous or guarding behaviors, or provide a pet pinata for some picture-worthy fun.

Pet Friendly Party Safety Tips

Making sure the environment is safe for all of the guests is top priority when it comes to planning a pet friendly party. Keep the following tips in mind:

  • Make sure that anything edible that will be served is not potentially poisonous to pets or poses or choking hazard.
  • Similarly, toys, party favors, and other items pets may come into contact with should be free of toxins and small parts or bits that can be chewed off or swallowed.
  • Clean up all leftovers, wrapping, ribbons, and other debris immediately to prevent pets from investigating.
  • If you aren’t at home, pick up and properly dispose of any pet waste before you leave.
  • Pets should be supervised at all times.

We hope your pet friendly party is a huge success! As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the staff at West Park Animal Hospital with your questions and concerns regarding your pet.

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