Many of us consider our furry friends a beloved family member, taking them out on road trips and even overseas holidays with us.
Just as we need to treat ourselves sometimes, animals need to be celebrated for their achievements too!
If you have a pet birthday coming up, or your cat or dog deserves that extra bit of love, here are three ways to treat them.
Pet hotel holiday
Yes, such a place exists for pets, allowing them to catch up on some well-needed R&R!
There are several pet hotels and resorts in Australia offering trampoline beds, spa treatments, swimming pools, bedtime treats, cat scratching post rooms, a 'wake up cuddle' and even the option of a flat-screen TV in their living quarters.
It really isn't a 'dog's life' there, so if you're heading away on holiday or want to give your pet a special birthday treat book them into these hotels.
Gourmet pet nibbles
Take a break from the staple biscuits and can foods by feeding your canine or feline pal with gourmet snacks!
You can treat your dog to liver biscotti and special supreme steaks, while your cat can take pleasure in 'pawsome' treats such as chicken jerky and fish chips.
However, if you're putting your own gourmet healthy meal plans together, make sure to avoid foods such as raisins, grapes, garlic, chocolate, artificial sweeteners and fats, and onions for your dog.
For cats, avoid apricot, cherry, avocado, chocolate, mushrooms, macadamias, onion and garlic, tomatoes, raisins, rhubarb and potato.
Allowing your dog to stretch their legs at the local beach or on a nearby walking trail can be a real treat for them.
During the spring and summer months, you might want to think about packing up your vehicle and bringing them along on a road trip.
This will allow them to explore newer environments (ensuring it's in a dog-friendly place), take a dip in the sea or go for a wild dash through the park.
Ensure your vehicle is properly stocked up with water, food, blankets, treats and toys for your pet.