Sunday, July 31, 2011

DYEING PETS

Okay, this is not a sad blog entry about pets who are dying, so put away your tissues.  It's a blog entry about people who are dyeing their pets, which is kind of a fad right now.  But if you think it's cruel and sad to dye a pet, then I guess you will need your tissues after all.





China seems to be where this new dyeing trend got started, and there are big dyed dog competitions and everything.  Actually, it's kind of weird that the Chinese are spending so much money on dogs nowadays, since it wasn't all that long ago that dogs were mostly raised for their meat and were eaten in restaurants.  But now there are Chinese people with more money, and they love owning dogs and putting cute outfits on them, and they also love dyeing them.





Just looking at the photos of Chinese dyed dogs, it seems like they are mostly either painted to look like pandas or like tigers.  But I'm sure there are other dye "costumes," too.  I would think, since this is the Year of the Rabbit, that people would dye their animals to look like rabbits, but I didn't see any photos of that.









The dyeing of pets thing is getting popular in other places, too, like for example in the U.S.  But some people wonder if it's a nice thing to do to your pets or not.  Other people think it's fine and lots of fun.  The problem is that we don't know if the dye will hurt an animal, especially if the animal is dyed several times.  Dyes for animals are made out of stuff that is supposedly safe, but dye covers most of the body, and it is absorbed through the skin.  So sometimes animals have allergic reactions to it.  And sometimes they just get really stressed out while they are being dyed, because it can take a long time to make a special design.





Small, exotic pets like hamsters, gerbils, guinea pigs, and chinchillas shouldn't be dyed because they can have bad stuff happen such as respiratory infections and pneumonia.  Also if you have a pet that is difficult to bathe, like me, for instance, you shouldn't dye that pet because of course after you dye it, you will have to bathe it later to get the dye off.













It's best to have your pet dyed by a groomer who has experience doing it.  And you should just start by dyeing a small part of the animal first to see if there is any bad reaction.  Cats are especially likely to get an allergic reaction to dyes because they groom themselves and swallow the dyes.













My own opinion is that it would be best not to dye your pet.  Of course, if you remember, I don't like costumes for pets either.  But at least costumes won't make your pet sick unless the costume gets eaten and sticks somewhere inside your pet.  But dyeing animals is a new thing, and we don't know how it will affect the animals over time.  Which is why it is kind of a risky thing to do, if you ask me.  And it's also why I'm glad that Mom says there is no way she is going to dye any of her dogs or cats!



50 comments:

  1. THE HORROR!!!! I could never color Zena. Have you seen how pretty her fur is???? Hm????? NEVER. It's...it's...it's.....inhumane!!!!!!!! I don't care if it doesn't hurt the animal, it just is NOT RIGHT.

    Their natural color fur is so pretty!

    Of course, that is just my opinion. I like an animal's NATURAL color. It's so much prettier than anything colored.

    -Katie

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    1. I feel the same way about women. they color their hair, nails, face...i love a natural beauty rather than the mess they hide behind. oh, it's their choice whereas the animal has no choice? good point!

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  2. Dear Katie,
    I agree that NATURAL is BEST! I don't know why people dye their dogs, but some of them think it's fun. Maybe they are trying to improve on nature, but that's really hard to do!
    Your friend,
    Piper

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  3. I do NOT like the idea of dyeing one's pet or any animal for that matter. Like your mom, I do NOT like to put any kind of costume/outfit on pets!! Dogs, cats, cow, hamsters, were NOT meant to be dyed and outfitted!! ugh!! I'm hoping this "fad" stops immediately. Guess I got a bit opinionated about this!!
    Love, AP

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  4. Hahahaha! I don't mind if you get opinionated, as long as you have the RIGHT opinion (which you do)!
    Love, Piper

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  5. What's the big deal? The animals don't look like they are uncomfortable in any way. Loosen up! It's just for fun.

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    1. My dogs are dyed and have been doing so for 11 years now. Hasn't hurt them ONe bit a matter intact the dye is a vegan dye so I Agree with you LOOSEN up people. My pups don't at all mind being in color they get more attention and are better taken care of than most peoples animals.

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  6. You know like half of those photos are photoshopper right?

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  7. You may be right about some of the pictures being photoshopped, but I think most of them are real because it is very popular now to dye your pets. Especially in places like China, where some of these pictures came from.

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  8. i want a tiger dog!!!!!!! we dye our hair , why not our pets..relax people its all in fun......anonymous,,its all in fun yam bag

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  9. i dyed my kitty blue today, and she is beautiful. im not from china. and its not inhumane, its entertaining. NEXT TIME i dye her, its defiantly going to be the pikachu picture(:

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  10. It's ok to be opinionated if you have the "right" opinion?! You the heck do you think you are and what give you guys the right to say what the "right" opinion is anyway?

    I colored my dog blue tonight just for fun and he looks so cute! He doesn't like to keep costumes on, not that I'd make him wear it if he doesn't want to, so I see no problem with using a pet safe dye on him for easter or Halloween or other special occasion. The ingredients in the dye are completely natural and a lot of it is the same stuff used in doggie shampoo plus some pigment from vegetables and things like that.

    Nothing wrong with it as long as they are kept in good health and not put through undue stress. If a dog doesn't mind being groomed, then sure, dye him! If not, don't, it'll be too stressful.

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    1. Dear Jennifer,
      I think you might be taking life a little too seriously. That thing I said about the "right" opinion was mostly meant to be a joke. Since I am an opinionated little dog, I tend to think my opinion is always the right one, but my mom says I am wrong about that. Anyway, it appears that lots of people think it's okay to dye their pets, and the pets don't seem to mind it, so I will stop being so opinionated about this topic! LOL But I do think you should have made your dog green instead of blue, just because it's almost St. Patrick's Day!
      Sincerely, Piper

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  11. "It's all in good fun"... I have an issue with that because you're completely objectifying the animal, giving it no say, no voice, no nothing. Animals feel and you know this if you have a pet. They get sad, they get happy, they get angry, they have desires, they have fears. These decisions completely leave out the aspect that these animals are living, feeling creatures as well.

    When did the animal become an object of your own entertainment, they are a living being as well. It's like having a slave around simply for your pleasures. And for that reason it is inhumane because the dyeing is being done to the animal without really taking into consideration how the animal feels. And if you're going to come at me about you have every right to treat your pet a certain way... well then, in all likelihood, you have very little respect for the actual animal. They're not an object to be played with. They have a life, they should be allowed to live it as naturally as possible. Unless your pet is pointing these pictures out to you and acting like they desire it... you shouldn't really abuse the trust the animal has placed in you (you being their master, and them being your subservient). If you truly loved your pet, you wouldn't treat it like some object that you can manipulate for YOUR entertainment. What about their entertainment, their lives?

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    1. anon, I'm not for dying dogs but your opinion is skewed, your dog doesn't ask to go to the vets, it doesn't ask to be micro-chipped, it doesn't ask to be castrated, insured, euthanized, vaccinated, muzzled, medicated for heart conditions, trained. same as children don't ask to be vaccinated or have braces or have broken limbs set. again i don't condone dying pets especially on a regular basis but all these things mentioned are unnatural and done for the animal without its consent to improve its quality of life who's to say an attention loving ugly dog wouldn't flourish with the extra attention dying it would afford it from strangers who are genuinely happy to see something so unique.

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    2. Lorna - doing something for the health and wellbeing of someone (or some animal) who cannot take care of themselves is different than doing something TO someone (or some animal) who can't do anything about it themselves.

      I wouldn't agree with a parent dying their child's hair just because they thought it would be cute/cool/etc either.

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    3. My pet became an object for my entertainment when i bought her. Love my awesome, fun cat.

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    4. Rachel i LOVE THAT. "MY pet became an object for MY enterainment when I BOUGHT HER." I think if the dye hurt the animal, or made it uncomfortable, it would make it known. Animals are fully capable of telling a human when something isnt right. When a child is younger perhaps the age of 2-5, who dresses them? Who buys their clothes? They don't. The parents do, right? Do you buy those clothes thinking "wow my child will like this." or "aww my child will look so cute in this." Either way, it comes down to this, it is not anyones animal, but the person who aquired it. This blog was meant for humor and i loved it! How awesome is it that we can dress up animals and make someones day better just by viewing YOUR pet. When is it not a good thing to give someone something to smile about? Have a wonderful day!

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    5. You people are so screwed up. I shudder to think what will happen to the OBJECTS PURCHASED FOR YOUR ENTERTAINMENT if they become sick or incapacitated or just plain old and aren't so entertaining any more. Hopefully, you will hand them over to a no-kill rescue, where they will be ADOPTED, by people like me, for the sole purpose of making their lives as stress-free, pleasant and comfortable as possible. They will do whatever they want, when they want, and I require absolutely nothing in return. They can even spit at me, scratch me, hiss at me, etc., if they feel like it. I am giving them a home out of sheer unconditional love for them, nothing more. People like you should never be allowed to own pets. You do it for all the wrong reasons. You are cavalier, shameless, shallow and fickle. There's no way that any dye is "safe"
      for pets. The ingredients which infuse color into the hair shaft also permeate the skin, they may be considered "natural" but that absolutely does not mean it's okay for the animal, there are plenty of naturally-occurring substances in nature that are deadly if they accumulate in any body, not just a human body, over a period of time. The pigments in the dye are of necessity toxic, otherwise they would not be permanent, and I am sorry, that is never healthy, especially since you are covering large portions of the animal's body with it. Those toxins will accumulate, the animal's liver and kidneys will eventually fail, and they will die an extremely painful awful death. And it will not give you something to smile about. Someone like you will probably hand the animal over asap, because they're no fun any more, and I really hope you do, so real people can swoop them up and give them a wonderful life with no demands that they never knew they could have.

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  12. Anon- it can be very much "all in good fun" for the pet as well. There is a poodle who shows up every year at the renfest dyed in gorgeous "fairy" colors (including dyed-on wings). This dog absolutely revels in all the extra attention she gets.

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  13. PEEKA !!! CHOOOOOOOO !!!!! and the owner blows away in a Pekachoo burst of wind power

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  14. dogs are colour blind anyway

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  15. I think this is absolutely amazing! Maybe not for all animals but most pets LOVE attention, its in there blood. This is in no way inhumane.

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  17. The people in my part of the city would have an absolute MELTDOWN over this... while getting their own hair bleached.

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  18. If you wouldn't do this to your own children, you shouldn't do this to your pets. Pets should be like family, not like little toys to put on display. And those who WOULD do this to their own children are probably the types for Toddlers & Tiaras or some similar garbage.

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    1. Im pretty sure my cat wont grow up to have emotional scarring because I taught her her teeth weren't white enough, straight enough, or made her knowingly "compete" against another persons appearance... Kids love face paint, makeup, and fun costumes. I see no real harm in it, and it DOES NOT need to be compared to what some consider child abuse.... I see many people are taking this wayyyyy tooooo seriously.

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    3. Veronica, I deleted two of your comments because I felt they were too inflammatory. I understand that you have strong feelings regarding this subject, but there are ways to express your opinions that are not so judgmental and hurtful to other people whom you do not know personally. Thanks for your devotion to animals. They will always need people to stick up for them!

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  19. Seriously, for years i felt this was "animal cruelty". Then, one day, i saw a pet dye job that rocked my socks off. I thought, "wow, i wish there was a humane way to do this..." AND THERE IS! LOL The vast majority of people who make the decision to dye an animal's fur use pet safe dye.

    In my opinion, as long as the dye is all natural and completely harmless to the animal, the "damage" is about as bad grooming at a pet salon. Like someone before said, if you have a finicky or sensitive pet, don't put it through the drama... Otherwise, pet dye is just a fun thing to do.

    I feel like dressing pets up or painting their toes with real nail polish is much more annoying to the animal, and they certainly do get a lot of positive attention from passers-by. As stated before, many pets really enjoy the extra attention...

    So, I've moved onto different "animal cruelty" topics. While someone is out there truly hurting an animal and making them suffer, someone else is dying their fur for fun and smothering them with lots of love. I understand the desire to leave fur natural, but pet dye fades, and it simply isn't that big of a deal. I'd rather fight hard against ear and tail fashion clipping than pet dye for fun. Just sayin.

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    1. Dear Rachel,
      I've decided that you have the right idea about this. If the pet doesn't mind, and the dye is not harmful, the whole thing is just in fun. There are much more serious kinds of animal abuse to worry about!
      Sincerely, Piper

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  20. You can home dye a pet with something as simply as beets/beet juice. I don't see how a beet bath would be any more stressful than a normal bath for a dog or cat. The animal likely prefers the smell of beet over whatever perfumed shampoo is normally picked. Plus I know how much of an attention hog my dog is and he would loooooove all the extra attention being pink would give him.

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  21. I dyed my cat with food coloring, safe and simple. She already loved water so I filled up the tub with warm water, added magenta food coloring, and brought her in the bathroom. She jumped right in, I put a few drops on her fur and rubbed them in. I did avoid the eyes, genitals, mouth etc., though.

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  22. This isn't cruel at all; dogs who are dyed for creative grooming competitions are used to being on the grooming table for extended periods, love the indivudual time and attention they get (and treats!) and, believe me they wouldn't stand there if they didn't want to! The dyes used are food grade colourings and not harmful in any way.

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    1. "They wouldn't stand there if they didn't want to!"

      They have no choice, if a dog struggles their owner will just stop them and carry on for the sake of winning a dog show.

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  23. Half of these are photoshop, not dye.
    Anyway. Dying animals is disgusting, it's not cruel, it's just gross and they look fucking stupid.

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  24. I'm not a big fan of doing things for the sake of "looks". I do not find this as cruel or inhumane in any way, shape or form. However, a lot of you are overlooking the fact that this has been going on for a long time. Look at the fish section in your pet store, you don't actually think they have the pink, purple and the other wierd colours are natural. These fish are dyed, and some are even injected. Now some are even being tattoed (sp). How long before the hairless varieties of pets are being tattoed by someone to make them look "cool". There is however, a place for this, Flourescent orange on hunting dogs would be a great use for dying to protect them from accidently being shot. I also think, that if it is your dog, and it is not painfull, you should be able to do as you want with them. That being said, mine pets will stay thier natural colour.

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  25. they make pet safe dyes apparently i know cuz i looked into it and the cat or dog could bite or scratch if they didnt want to do it. so ya

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  26. By the way my dogs name is Piper, I think if the dog is fine with it go ahead and do it, but don't do against their will, that's like dye rape :O I would consider dying my dog( who I love so much) for holidays like green for saint Patrick's day, or green and red for Christmas, or orange for Halloween etc. I tried painting her nails once, I tried it twice and she didn't like it so I stopped. There are animals out there who are killed inhumanely for there skins and tortured for sport, I only go hunting for food and I do it humanely! Please lets focus on more pressing animal abuse stories!!

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  27. I agree. dying a hamster is wrong. aspecialy when its white! IF A HAMSTER HAS WHITE FUR ITS A TREASURE TO ME. THE FUR IS WHITE AND ALWAYS SHOULD BE WHITE! They were created to be WHITE, NOT PINK OR BLUE OR GREEN! Why dont people think about it! why dont YOU think about it if you are about to dye your hamster! show respect and leave small creatures alone. leave all creatures in the world! And dont dye your hair!
    see my blog:
    syrianhamsters.blogspot.com



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    1. It's a Japanese animated character from the Pokemon series. Or something like that. If you google "pikachu," you can see pictures.

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  29. well, I would die my pet BUTTT
    As long as it wouldn't harm them just like a dab of dye( That has the least amount of chemicals ) at the side, but I wouldn't do it still

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  30. that is super not right i would never dye my rocky ever.

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  31. If you beet dye your animal and everything dries will it still stain your furniture?

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    1. I don't know. I've actually never dyed anything with any kind of dye, so I am the wrong person to ask!

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  32. Thanks anyway lol, I've been searching all over the internet but no answers, guess I will try and see and repost my results

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