Want To Dye Your Dog? – Don’t!

When I first heard of this new trend I thought I was hearing things. When I realised that dog dyeing is not a joke, had to stop to think why anyone would think it’s a good idea (after I stopped laughing, that is).

First, a dog should never be dyed with a human dye. Human dyes are toxic and can enter your dog’s body through skin and make him sick.

Then there is an issue of how you apply a dye to a wriggly dog and keep the dog still for it to work properly (never thought about it, have you).

And what about the way the dog perceives himself and the way other dogs perceive him. Dogs have good colour vision, especially in the range closer to ultra-violet, such as blue and black. The colour change can be detrimental to their social position. I am serious.

And last, doesn’t this kind of ‘dog-pimping’ send the wrong message about who our pets are and how we see them? That they are living creatures, not possessions to be changed when we get bored of the way they look.

I just hope with Emma Watson now on board with this trend, that I don’t see a pink Poodle walking into my surgery some day soon.



About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

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