The urge to dress up a pet has long existed, from doggie raincoats to sweaters and booties for cold weather. A new trend, however, is currently on the rise.
Seeing a dog with dyed hair is becoming more and more common on the street, particularly in the US and China. In China, the fad began with pet owners who wanted their dogs to resemble wild animals, with common dye jobs mimicking coats of tigers and panda bears. The trend then spread to the US, where it is more common to see dogs with dyed hair on Halloween, on a birthday, or another special occasion.
Doggie hair dye has become especially popular with celebrities. Aubrey O’Day, a performer and member of girl group Danity Kane, is especially vocal about her love of changing up her dog Ginger’s hair to suit her own style. She has become so enthusiastic about doggie hair dye that she even plans to launch her own line of canine-friendly dye products on her website.
There are some risks, however, that come with dyeing the hair of a pet, and most advocate that the job, if it is to be done, should be accomplished by a professional groomer. Your pet must be kept from licking or otherwise ingesting any of the dye for at least 15 minutes after application, no matter what type of dye has been used.
On that note, human hair dye is particularly unsafe for the job, as it contains harsh chemicals such as hydrogen peroxide and ammonia that all animals are particularly sensitive to. While some advocate using KoolAid for a safer option, hair dye meant specifically for dog’s fur is also becoming more widely available at groomers. Another thing to keep in mind is the amount that the pet in question is usually bathed.
In general, if your dog doesn’t receive regular baths, the dyeing process may be even more alarming to them. Cats, rats, mice, and chinchillas, as well as any other animal that doesn’t get bathed often should never be dyed. In general, it’s most important to keep your pet’s natural preferences and personality in mind. A dye job can attract a lot of attention from other animals as well as people, so just as someone particularly shy might feel awkward suddenly dyeing their whole head green, so too a shy dog might not enjoy all the attention they get from waking up from a nap bright fuschia or tiger-striped.
Know your pet, and whether this change will be something they enjoy before reaching for the bottle or calling the groomer! Note: We do not endorse this trend, and we welcome your comments below. Here’s your chance to say what you think about this phenomenon.