Dying your pets: Totally cool or just plain cruel?
Posted by cr0uchingtiger on October 30, 2011
Attention weird trend lovers! There’s a new sensation that’s sweeping across the Asian nation! And it’s dying your pet’s fur! The newest and most popular pet craze taking place in China, Japan, and other Asian nations is coloring your dog’s fur, from as simple as one color to as complex as wild animal patterns, such as tigers, pandas, and zebras. OH MY!
Look at how majestic! It’s the year of the tiger in China, so the tiger stripes dying trend is very popular right now.
Here’s a fun little article about the new craze in Asia, with some more adorable pictures. http://globalpublicsquare.blogs.cnn.com/2011/06/22/chinas-latest-craze-dyeing-pets-to-look-like-other-wild-animals/
While this does seem very cute and fun, the question of ethics must be considered. Is it safe to be frivolously exposing our beloved pets to harsh and dangerous chemicals such a hair dye? Is it animal cruelty? The answer is no, as long is it done safely.
It is true that many hair dye products contain harmful toxins and chemicals, such as ammonia and several carcinogens. Using hair dye made for humans could potentially be dangerous if placed upon a dog’s skin, as well as if a dog were to consume some by licking it’s fur. Also, you should avoid dying any type of rodent or small animal. The Daily Puppy (Why does this source title make me laugh) posted an article on dying pet’s hair, and stated that “Small animals such as hamsters and exotic animals such as chinchillas shouldn’t be dyed, because applying many types of colorant requires rinsing. Water exposure can make pet rodents ill, and in the case of chinchillas, ruin their fur. Any other negative effects of dyeing small animals haven’t been studied, so it is best to stick to larger pets such as dogs and cats.” So basically, do not attempt to dye very small animals. (There goes my friday night plans).
The Daily Puppy Article:
Another article from the global post (link is included later in article) says that “Owners should seek pet spas that use natural coloring which won’t damage the dog’s hair or irritate the skin,” said Tian Haiyan, who works at the Beijing Guanshang Animal hospital. “Mentally, some dogs that aren’t used to being in the spotlight may react negatively to the sudden attention.” So, if your dog is not usually very social or has tendencies of lashing out/ violence, you should probably think twice before you dye it.
However, there are safe methods in which you can dye your pet’s hair. They are and tips on how to dye your pets.
“Chinese-domesticated animal relations have come a long way since the days of cooking and eating canines. Now instead of eating dogs, people are entering them in competitions, such as the dog dyeing competition at Pets Show Taipei.” -Weird Asia News
Here’s a cute little article about a professional pet dyer, Sun Ruowen, who owns her own animal dying salon. http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/unleashed/2010/06/china-panda-dog-dye.html It says that the owner’s pet dying treatments cost from a range of $7 to $300 based on the long-lasting quality of the dyes and the amount of the dog’s fur that is dyed. The average doggie-makover lasts about 6 months.
So, I’m not quite technologically advanced enough to know how to insert this as a video, but here is a video of some dogs being dyed in Japan! My personal favorite is the turtle, hahahaha.
I’m very glad to see China developing and becoming more open-minded in their culture, as a nation who once frowned upon even owning pets now fully supports and advertises being good pet owners, and treating your dog or cat like family.What are your thoughts? Do you think that dying animals is considered animal cruelty? Do you find these dogs as adorable as I do? Lemme know.