4th July Frivolities, Food and Safety Advice

Fireworks, family, fun and food is what the 4th of July is all about.  It's about celebrating.   And to ensure your pet doesn't miss out on any of the frivolities this Independence Day, at VetShopOnline.com we wish to share with you a special 'PUPcake' recipe that we believe will be a hit with your furry friend.  Also on this fun, yet busy and rowdy day, we must keep our pets feeling safe and comfortable.  If you follow the safety tips provided below, your beloved pets will also be able to enjoy the festivities with you. 



  • 3 very ripe bananas, peeled
  • 1 cup natural (no sugar added) peanut butter, chunky or smooth
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 3 cups white whole-wheat flour
  • 1 cup plain rice or soy milk, or water
  • Frosting and Sprinkles (Pet-friendly only)
  • 1 tub (12 oz) 1/3-less-fat cream cheese spread (Neufchâtel), softened
  • Dry dog food, crushed to fine crumbs


1. Heat oven to 350˚F. Spray muffin tins (mini for small dogs, regular for midsize dogs, jumbo for large dogs) with baking spray.
2. Beat bananas in large bowl of electric mixer on low speed until puréed and smooth. Beat in peanut butter, oil, eggs and baking powder until combined. With mixer still on low speed, alternately beat in flour and rice milk until batter is smooth (if batter is too thick, thin with more rice milk).
3. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full with batter. Bake mini-PUPcakes about 15 minutes, regular-size about 24 minutes and jumbo about 30 minutes, or until a pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Cool PUPcakes in pan 10 minutes; remove to wire rack and cool completely.
4. For a special treat, frost PUPcakes with a thin layer of cream cheese spread and sprinkle with crumbled dog food "sprinkles."

Pet Safety Tips 

Considering the dangers that surround your pet as 4th July celebrations begin is extremely important.  To increase your pets comfort and to minimize these risks, follow these simple safety tips.

  • Be wary of fireworks
    •  Many dogs and cats can be easily frightened by the deafening roar of fireworks.  To decrease their stress and anxiety levels create for them a safe place, like a bedroom, where they can retreat to de-stress.  Make the space comfortable for them with their favorite toy or blanket.  
  •  Ensure your pet is properly identified
    • Make sure your pet is wearing a collar that includes their name and your phone number just in case they may stray or run away from your celebrations.
  •   Place your decorations carefully
    • Ensure that you pet-proof your home and keep streamers and glow sticks out of paws reach.  Pets can easily mistake your decorations as chew toys.
  •  Leave them at home
    • Leaving them at home, away from the action, is often the safest and best bet for celebrating 4th of July festivities.


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