How to dye your pet

How to dye your pet

Dog Hair Dye

Dyeing a Colorful Heart on Your Dog

Dyeing your dog’s hair can be done in a fun, easy and inexpensive way. This particular method of dyeing hair works best for white or light-colored dogs.

What you’ll need:

    • Metal comb
    • Pet conditioner
    • 1 to 3 packets of sugar-free Kool-Aid (the quantity depends on the size of your dog and her coat length)
    • Mixing bowl
    • Applicator brush
    • Disposable gloves
    • Towels
    • Heart-shaped stencil

Some colors will not work very well. Dark blue comes out well since it’s still blue even when it fades. Purple fades into a lavender and green will fade to a yellow. Red, of course, will fade to pink.

8 Easy Steps to Dye Your Dog’s Hair

Step 1: Put eye lubrication in your dog’s eyes and place cotton balls in her ears. Then, bathe your pet.

Step 2: Apply shampoo to your dog and work into a rich lather. Rinse and repeat.

Step 3: Towel dry your dog until coat is just slightly damp.

Step 4: Mix the Kool-Aid packets with the pet conditioner until it has a paste-like consistency. The dye mixture will not hurt your dog’s skin.

Step 5: Using a metal comb, brush the fur in an upward direction. Hold the heart-shaped stencil on the place you want the design. Using the applicator brush and/or gloved hands, apply the dye mixture to the fur. Be careful not to get dye on the rest of your dog’s fur, eyes or nose.

Step 6: Leave the dye on the fur for five to 15 minutes. The longer the dye stays on, the more intense the color will be.

Step 7: Rinse well with cool water until water runs clear. (Hot water will make dye run.) Do not shampoo your dog again.

Step 8: Towel dry your dog. You can also use a pet hair dryer on the low or no-heat setting. The dye should last for one to two baths.

That is how you add some color—and fun—to your dog’s fur. Don’t be surprised if she even enjoys the extra attention.

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Many people are interested in dyeing the hair of their dog for beauty. Our mobile grooming services include this aspect of care. Our top dog grooming services cover every type of care you can think of. You can even ask us about something you want to do that we don’t directly advertise. We will gladly take care of it for you.

We are cautious when we use hair dyes. If your dog has sensitive skin, it could react to specific colors. We are always on the alert to ensure that your dog is safe and healthy.

Our professional pet groomers can recommend to you a particular color or shade that will make your dog particularly attractive. Our expert groomers have an eye for aesthetics, and you will be happy with the advice they give you.

If you have a white dog and are interested in a flawless look, then we can suggest ways of getting a sparkling white coat. As usual, we will recommend a way that doesn’t compromise your dog’s health. We are always on the lookout for allergies. We will find some alternative way to get the look you want if your dog is sensitive in some way to a product or procedure.

We aim to serve you in any way that we can. We are always open to your suggestions, and you can ask us about any aspect of dog or cat care that you wish to know. Our first love is pets, and we went into this business to make pets and their owners happy; our pets love mobile grooming! We can achieve this by offering our customers the very best in care and service.

How to dye your pet

Dogs are a man’s best friend, if for nothing else than putting up pet owners dressing them up in silly outfits and dyeing them crazy colors. Dog hair dye is a growing trend that leaves our furry friends any color imaginable, sometimes several at once. Some pet owners get super creative with their ideas, dyeing and trimming their dog’s hair to resemble another animal like a tiger or a character like Pikachu. While some people think that dyeing a dog’s fur is harmless, more people agree that this is just a dog myth. Dyeing dogs is simply another one of those bad pet trends.

Should you dye your dog’s hair? There are many reasons why it’s not a good idea and it’s important for pet owners to educate themselves about the dangers of dog dye, including the physical and psychological effects on your canine companion. Also, remember your furry friend is a living creature and not a toy you can dress up or accessory piece you can change according to your wardrobe. But if you simply must dye your dog, there are “non-toxic” dyes you can purchase and it’s very simple to make your own. Your furry friend will thank you.

Hair Dyes Can Be Toxic To Your Canine Companion

The dyes that many pet salons use were originally created for humans and contain substances like ammonia and hydrogen peroxide. These are harsh chemicals which can cause burning, irritation, or other discomfort to a dog’s skin. It’s also important to keep in mind that humans only dye the hair on their head while a dog’s hair covers its entire body, making any harmful ingredients easier to absorb. Dogs may lick or eat the dye off their fur as well, and end up ingesting these dangerous chemicals a lot faster.

“Dogs aren’t bonsai trees to be sculpted into shapes that please us. Many are nervous about being groomed, and dyeing them bright colors puts them at risk for allergic reactions and even toxic poisoning, which can have serious and even fatal consequences.”

A Dog Gets No Amusement Out Of Being Purple Or Any Other Color

Most dog owners will agree that their pooch has a unique personality. Dogs are sentient beings, not playthings, and don’t seem to get any enjoyment out of suddenly becoming another color. When a pet owner dyes their dog, they are doing it for their own satisfaction, not their pet’s. It’s important to remember the difference and value the opinions of our canine companions, even if they can’t voice them in words.

“It’s important that dog owners, and groomers, remember that dogs are not fashion accessories to have the latest trend tried out on them, grooming is for the dog’s needs rather than for the owner’s entertainment.”

Your Dog Might Be Allergic To The Dye

Some humans who dye their hair have allergic reactions to hair dye products, so it’s not unreasonable to assume that dogs could be allergic to hair dye as well. Reactions may include itchy skin, which can be annoying and irritating for your furry friend. If they scratch themselves hard enough, dogs can also develop sores which can possibly become infected. Additionally, constant scratching of the ears or shaking of the head may cause the development of hematomas, or blisters filled with blood. If the discomfort a dog experiences is too extreme or lasts long enough, it can create behavioral changes as well.

“They can get water in their ears (which isn’t as simple as when it happens to a human; it can lead to all sorts of complications) or have an allergic reaction – even a fatal one. There is simply no way to know how your animal will react.”

Dyeing Your Dog’s Fur Stresses Them Out

For many dogs, being groomed is not a calming experience. And since dogs cannot comprehend what’s going on when they’re being dyed, coloring a dog’s fur can cause them more stress. They may even have trouble recognizing themselves afterwards. A stressed dog is not a happy dog and anxiety can cause loss of appetite, aggression, isolation, or stomach issues such as diarrhea or constipation.

Dogs who are stressed out for too long can develop behavior problems and the physical and mental aggrivation caused by their anxiety can worsen over time if the cause is ignored.

As professional groomers, our first responsibility is to your dog’s health. It must never be about vanity or looks. And, in our view, dying a dog’s hair is more tied to the latter.

How to dye your pet

Just like in the human world, fashion comes and goes and our industry is not exempt from these trends. New styles and procedures become the latest thing to try. Parents try new looks on their pups not only to please their eyes but also to impress friends and other parents at the dog park.

But no matter how interesting, cool-looking or challenging a new style may be, our commitment still lies with your dog’s well-being.

Is it safe?

Parents have visited our self-serve stations to rinse off dye they have put at home. We always ask if the dye they have used is pet-graded or if it is for human use.

All-natural and organic dyes formulated for use on pets are for the most part safe. These products do not include the harmful toxins and chemicals found in most regular human hair dyes.

However, professionals recommend the use of dyes on a sporadic basis only. This includes special occasions you may want to have some extra fun with your pet, like Halloween festivities.

Regular use of pet-graded dyes is never recommended.

The problem arises when one of these parents tells us they have been using human-grade dyes on their pets.

These products contain harmful ingredients like ammonia, peroxide, and para-phenylenediamine, a known carcinogen. On top of that, most hair dye manufacturers add synthetic fragrances to mask the chemical-odor punch characteristic of these dyes and bleaches.

It has been well documented and researched that these ingredients cause irreparable damage to a dog’s immune system. They also may cause allergic reactions, chemical burns, skin disease, and cancer.

Never, under any circumstances, use human-grade dye products on your dog.

Is it right?

There is a host of opinions on this and when asked, we always try to look at it from the dog’s perspective: “If he/she could talk, would he/she ask for it?”. We could be wrong on this, but something tells us it’s more of a human desire than a canine one.

Pet-grade hair dyes can be a safe and enjoyable way to have some fun with your pooch if you use them correctly. That is unless you become addicted to the unnatural look they create.

Your pet’s hair is an important element of his/her health and lifestyle. You should never dye your dog’s hair for vanity or because you don’t like how he/she looks. We have even had customers who dye their dog’s hair because they want them to look younger (hide the natural gray). That is not acceptable, at least to us.

Although we offer a limited array of dying services at our Nashville grooming salon we should point out we will ask as to why you would like us to perform this procedure. The wrong answer will cause for us to point you in the direction of another salon.

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The great thing about having a dog with white or light colored hair is versatility. A white dog is beautiful, but to change things up a little if you get bored with the coat, the light tone of her hair allows for easy coloring. For best results and to assure that the color medium you use is entirely safe, it’s best to entrust your dog’s dye job to a groomer. You can do the job yourself at home, though. Be sure to have plenty of rags on hand and wear clothing that you can discard if the dye stains it.

Spot-Test Before Dyeing

Step 1

Apply a bit of hair dye to a small patch of your dog’s skin, preferably on the neck or somewhere she can’t reach to lick or rub it off. Allow it to work for the amount of time recommended on the dye package — usually around 30 minutes.

Step 2

Rinse the dye off thoroughly.

Step 3

Observe the test-patch over the next 24 to 48 hours to determine whether or not your dog will have an allergic reaction to the dye.

The Dye Job

Step 1

Wash your dog with her regular shampoo, making sure to thoroughly rinse all the shampoo out.

Step 2

Towel your dog’s hair to remove excess water; her hair will still be damp.

Step 3

Put the latex gloves on to protect your hands from the dye.

Step 4

Pour approximately half of the container of dye into the bowl.

Step 5

Apply the dye to your dog’s hair with the tint brush, starting on the crown of her head, working down under her neck and continuing down the body to her tail.

Step 6

Comb the color through your dog’s hair to assure even coverage.

Step 7

Allow the color to process for the recommended amount of time — usually 30 minutes.

Rinse the dye out of your dog’s hair with cool water. Rinse thoroughly, making sure the water runs clear before you’re done.

Step 8

Towel-dry your dog and either let her finish air-drying naturally or use a hair dryer to blow her dry.

Use old towels so it doesn’t matter if they get permanently stained.

If your dog has a reaction to vegetable-based dye, you can color her hair using unsweetened Kool-Aid. Combine one small envelope of the drink mix with approximately 8 cups of water and either mist the solution onto your dog with a spray bottle or simply pour it over her while she is standing in the sink or bathtub, and work the liquid through her hair. Wearing latex gloves during this process is recommended to protect your hands from becoming stained.

Take care when working with the dye around your dog’s face, specifically her eyes and nose. Avoid getting the dye in her ears, as well.

Keep your dog in the bathtub or at least restricted to some towels on the floor while the dye is working. Also, keep the dog occupied during this time. She might be tempted to lick at the dye. Even if it is vegetable-based, ingestion should be avoided.

Anne Collinson September 6, 2016 Anne’s Corner

How to dye your pet

As if dyed fur on pets wasn’t bad enough at your typical dog show hit Young Adult book series, Percy Jackson, has made pink poodles a ‘must-have accessory’ these days, thanks to the character of Gladiola, a runaway pooch who offers herself to half-God, Percy, so he can return her to her rich family and obtain the financial reward offered by her suffering owners. The plethora of harmless, natural dyes available mean that humans are feeling much more adventurous when it comes to changing their pet’s appearance, but just in case you feel tempted to jump on the bandwagon, these are five reasons why you should, perhaps, think again:

  1. Pink fur is embarrassing: Have you ever dressed your dog up as a hotdog or tarantula on Halloween, or purchased one of those awful Batman or Superman outfits for him, in an attempt to capture the perfect shot for your social media pages? Dyeing your pet pink is similarly humiliating and if you don’t believe us, just take a look at your dog’s expression as he wobbles over to your camera, begging you to take the darn thing off. Dogs are far more sensitive than we think and they know when their appearance has been altered; they can feel something different in others’ reactions and know when they are being laughed at. Dye your poodle pink and be prepared for some serious canine staring from across the sofa the next time you’re innocently working on your computer.
  2. Pink fur is stressful: We all know the many good things dogs bring into our lives – pets are known stress relievers and they strengthen our kids’ immunity to a plethora of illnesses. However, by dyeing their hair pink, we effectively undo all the good our dog has done, by risking a vertiginous spike in our stress levels, as people begin making comments and sniggering at our pet. If you and your children are not ready to be teased by complete strangers, perhaps this look should be avoided.
  3. Regrowth: The one thing worse than pink fur, is the moment when it starts growing out and embarrassing white/grey/black roots start showing up. Pet dye can actually be more expensive than human dye – you can save by taking a DIY approach to the matter. Brands like Critter Colour thankfully have the right to use the PETA cruelty-free bunny logo because the product is completely safe. Other popular products are made by brands like Dyex, Top Performance and Opaws. Many are available at your local pet shop and all can be purchased online. The dyes are semi-permanent, meaning you can actually just wash them off little by little. Still, DIY dyeing products coast in the region of $25, though more luxurious products (such as dye gels) are a little more expensive. The price for maintenance goes up considerably, of course, if you visit a salon. Without a doubt, though, a beauty therapist is the way to go for a really smooth, slick look. Ultimately, it depends on how deeply you are committed to pink.
  4. Too much attention: Socialites love people coming up to them and asking about their dog, or petting their pink fur, yet the loners among us prefer to be left in peace when walking our dogs. You should be ready to be asked questions such as ‘Isn’t dyeing fur bad for your dog?’, ‘How much did that ridiculous dye job set you back?’ or ‘How long does the dye last?’ by complete strangers. Warning: The first time you answer this set of questions, you can actually feel helpful. The second time, it wears a little and by the third time, you start running away as soon as you see a curious person approaching.
  5. Dogs are naturally beautiful: Many of us have succumbed to the temptation of bestowing all types of unnecessary luxuries when we bring home our first dog – you know the story – tutus, outfits, fancy collars, boots they simply won’t keep on… the truth of the matter is that dogs are most beautiful just the way they are – with their gorgeous natural markings. Vegetable dyes that follow safety guarantees are actually not harmful to your dog in any way, but isn’t your dog already too beautiful for words?

Walking into Ruowen Pet Spa is like entering a doggie Halloween costume contest. There’s turtle-dog, zebra-dog, Spider-Man-dog, tiger-dog and even panda-dog.

Raphael the toy poodle runs around in his playpen like any other dog – except his snow white coat has been dyed neon green and is partially shaved with a protruding shell on top to resemble a turtle. He seems oblivious to his unique look but enjoys the attention of onlookers.

Raphael, named after a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles character, is one of half a dozen dyed dogs on display at the spa in downtown Beijing, which caters to wealthy Chinese who are fueling a booming pet craze in China.

“If you can dream it, we can make it come true,” said Sun Ruowen, who owns the spa and has worked in the pet industry for 10 years.

Sun charges anywhere from $7 to dye one ear to $300 for permanent dyeing and trimming of larger dogs – with most dye jobs lasting six months before the hair grows out.

Once banned by the Communist Party as bourgeois, pet ownership is booming in China, spawning a slew of cat and dog pampering businesses – where pets are treated to pedicures, rose petal bubble baths and massages.

This year, the Year of the Tiger in China, has brought an interest in the dyeing trend – with tigers being the most-sought-after look. From golden retrievers to Pekingese, pets are not just being dyed basic colors but are being transformed to look like other animals, says Sun.

“Dyeing pets is popular in many developed countries like Japan and Korea, but China is quickly catching on,” said Sun, who recently participated in the first national pet dyeing competition in Beijing. She attributes the phenomenon to a “head-turning effect.”

“People already love to show off their pets and draw attention, so a panda-dog walking down the street is bound to turn heads.”

Dog owners say the attention their canines receive has improved their mental well-being. Kung Fu, a 10-month-old Old English sheepdog, can barely make it down the street without swarms gathering to admire his thick coat dyed to look like a panda, says owner Queenie Yang.

“Kung Fu loves the attention, and his self confidence has shot up since lots of pretty girls come up to pet him,” said Yang, a 31-year-old housewife from Beijing.

Yang’s husband decided to dye Kung Fu’s hair after seeing an advertisement from the spa and since Kung Fu’s features were already similar to that of a panda.

From the back, the 80-pound dog, with his black button tail and tan fur, could be mistaken for a panda – with fur around his eyes that have been dyed black to a create a droopy and almost comical expression.

He sits impatiently on a metal table in Ruowen’s spa, waiting for another bleach job of his gray hair, which is now a tan color. His front and hind leg sections have been dyed black, hair trimmed short and patches of hair on his head dyed black and fastened with elastics to look like panda ears.

One veterinarian warned that owners should be careful of damaging a dog’s mental and physical well-being before considering dyeing their pets.

“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 so may react negatively to the sudden attention.”

While some critics say the new trend is inhumane as the dogs are sometimes forced to undergo hours of unnecessary dyeing, Sun says her products are all natural and it’s nothing more than an innocent dress-up session.

“It’s a confidence booster for dogs and owners,” said Sun. “We’re here to offer them new ways to pamper and dress up their pets.”

Participants in creative grooming and design for cat should always use a pet safe color product. OPAWZ offers a collection of safe pet hair dyes for professional pet groomers for regular usage.

To Safely Dye A Cat’s Fur We Recommend:

OPAWZ Funky Pet Color Shampoo – Ammonia Free and Paraben Free. Safe For All Pets That Can Be Bathed! The safe and gentle formula can be used directly to pets with white hair and very light color hair.

OPAWZ Semi-Permanent Dyes – Contains No Ammonia or Peroxide. Safe and gentle semi-permanent colors for cats, gradually washes away in around 8 washes. Apply on clean and dry white or light color cat hair for best results.

These cat hair dye products are completely non-toxic and semi-permanent, come in multiple bright colors available. Perfect for cats with light color hair.

Why We Recommend These Color Dyes As Cat Hair Dyes

  • These can be used on on cats, guinea pigs and ferrets without any known side effects.
  • Come in multiple colors. Coloring results may vary with cat’s hair color.
  • Products are lightweighted and compact, easy and convenient for coloring operation.
  • These cat hair color dyes products can directly application without irritation, safety and reliable to use.
  • The OPAWZ semi-permanent pet hair dye is a norishing cream, mild for cat hair and skin.
  • OPAWZ Funky Pet Hair Color Shampoo is easiler to wash and color the cat’s fur. It is safe for all pets that can bathed!


You should never try to dye a cat’s fur who has any underlying health issues whatsoever, no matter what.

Cat Hair Dyes Products Comparison Chart

How to dye your pet

OPAWZ Funky Color Shampoo As Cat Hair Dye

Available in seven different colors: pink , blue , purple , green , fuchsia , yellow , and vivid pink . Safe for dogs, cats, guinea pigs, ferrets, and other pets that can be washed!

How to dye your pet

Tips for OPAWZ Funky Pet Color Shampoo

  • The safe and gentle formula can be used directly to pets with white hair and very light color hair.
  • Can be used on the same colored areas to make more vibrant.
  • Use it in consecutive baths to make the color more vibrant.

Comb the pet color shampoo through the hair to ensure the color saturates all the way through.

OPAWZ Semi Permanent Pet Hair Dyes

How to dye your pet

OPAWZ safe and gentle semi-permanent colors for pets, gradually washes away in around 6-12 washes. Contains no ammonia or peroxide. Non-toxic and gentle semi-permanent colors for cats.
Give your cat an exquisite and superior coloring result with no long-term commitment . Non-toxic and gentle, gradually washes away in around 6-12 washes.

Tips for OPAWZ Semi Permanent Pet Hair Dyes

  • Play around with the colors and try out different combinations.
  • Coloring results may vary with coat type and breed. Contains no ammonia or peroxide.
  • Best suitable for White-haired coat type.

lab? How about a blue pomeranian? A green shiba inu? Many folks have decided to give their pet a new look with the aid of pet hair dyes. In fact, we offer coloring at our Puff and Fluff spa locations throughout Arizona! However, we know that pet hair dye can have its pros and cons and we want our customers to be well-informed before making any decisions to dye their furry friends! Safety is the number one concern and it’s essential that you know what kind of pet dye is being used on your pet. We’ve outlined some pros and cons for you so that you can make a well-informed decision before turning Fido fuschia!

Pet Hair Dye Pros

There are endless reasons why folks decide to dye their pet’s fur. Here are some pros that will have you wanting to join in on the fun:

  • Pet hair dye typically lasts 4 to 6 washes.
  • There are plenty of natural products on the market.
  • Offers you a chance to express your pet’s personality…because we all know each pet has a unique mind of his or her own!

Pet Hair Dye Cons

Of course, there are certain drawbacks when it comes to coloring your pet’s fur. Below are some cons that you may want to consider:

  • Pet hair dye can be costly.
  • Doesn’t work well on all fur types or colors.
  • Pet hair dye can cause rashes, itching, and irritation.
  • You may receive backlash from other pet owners who believe pet dye is inhumane, unsafe, or ridiculous.

Ultimately, the decision is yours whether or not you choose to dye your pet’s hair. If your pet is already uncomfortable with the grooming process, it may not be wise to attempt to dye his or her hair as well. However, if you have a very laid-back doggo with a flair for style, it can be a fun way to express his or her personality…as well as yours!

Do you have questions about coloring your dog’s fur? We’d love to help! Stop by any one of our four locations today to chat about our offerings. Have you experimented with dog hair dye before? Let us know in the comments below!

‘This is so unnecessary,’ one viewer claims

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A pet owner has sparked mixed reactions after explaining in a series of TikTok videos why she dyes her dog’s fur bright red.

Chloe, who goes by the username @danthebigreddog on TikTok, has dedicated her account to her 130-pound Great Pyrenees Dandy, who is featured in nearly all of her videos with entirely red fur.

In a series of videos titled: “Reasons why I dye my dog red,” the TikToker shared the thought process behind the animal’s unnatural colouring, with Chloe explaining in the first video, posted in November, that she colours her dog for numerous reasons, with the first being that “he looks so adorable in red”.

According to Chloe, she also colours her dog’s fur as a deterrent to potential pet thiefs, as she claimed it is “to keep him from being stolen” as he is a “rare breed” in her area.

The third reason Chloe gave her followers had to do with the enjoyment she gets out of the process, with the TikToker claiming that it is “so fun” to dye the dog and that Dandy, who is featured lounging on the grass throughout the video, “really enjoys the extra rubs during the process”.


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Chloe also claimed that the “vegan products” she uses to achieve the colour make her dog’s fur “shiny and soft,” before revealing she also wanted to make the large dog “more approachable” by giving him bright fur.

“Dan loves people and kids but he’s 130 pounds so people would get scared of him,” she wrote in the video. “Now people don’t get scared of him! They only smile and ask to give him attention. He loves that.”

In the second video in the series, Chloe revealed that the animal’s dye job was originally a Halloween costume, but that she liked it so much she decided to keep it. In the clip, she also acknowledged that one of her reasons for altering her pet’s natural colour is “for the attention,” as she claimed that Dandy “pets and love from his fans,” before following up with her third reason, which was to make people “smile”.

According to Chloe, the dog’s dyed fur also allows her to “educate others on safe pet dye practises,” before concluding the clip with the final reason: “Because we can.”

In a third video about the topic, which has been viewed more than 25m times on TikTok, Chloe shared additional reasons she colours her dog’s fur, with the TikToker claiming that the bright colour means Dandy is less likely to get hit by a car or get in an accident.

Chloe also used the most recent video to reiterate some of her previously shared reasons, such as her claim that Dandy’s colouring means he is “less likely to get stolen” and that the dye job makes people who encounter the dog happy.

In the comments, viewers have been divided, with some TikTok users finding the dog’s colouring amusing, while others have been critical of Chloe’s attitude towards her pet and concerned about the safety of the products.

Most of the positive reactions to Dandy’s dyed fur centred around his resemblance to Clifford the Big Red Dog, with one person writing: “You forgot [reason] six. Six: He looks like everyone’s favourite childhood comfort dog.”

“MINI CLIFFORD MINI CLIFFORD,” someone else wrote, while another person begged Chloe to “please tell me his name is Clifford”.

However, the videos also prompted concerns about the dye, with many questioning whether the ingredients are safe for the dog’s skin and fur, and whether they are okay to use long-term.

“Is it safe to use that much dye all the time?” one person asked. “Because it could hurt his skin and hair.”

Another said: “That’s bad for his skin over time.”

In response to the comment, Chloe disagreed, with the TikToker claiming that the dye she uses is “pet-safe cruelty-free vegan dye formulated specifically for grooming your pet”.

In another comment, she revealed that she uses Opawz dye products, and that she wouldn’t have considered colouring Dandy’s hair if she hadn’t found the brand.

According to Opawz’ website, it creates a range of dyes for animals, with the brand’s “long-lasting permanent color specially formulated for dogs and horses”.

In the frequently asked questions section of the website, it states that the products are vegan and cruelty-free. The website does note, however, that the hair colours are for external use only and that owners should monitor their dogs closely if they ingest the product.

“Sometimes they will vomit and be fine after. If you notice any discomfort or allergic reaction, take your dog to the vet immediately, especially if the dog has existing health problems,” the website reads.

As for how often the dyes can be used, the website states that the permanent dyes “last at least half a year, so we recommend dyeing two to three times a year to keep the colour”.

“However, there are no specific time interval requirements for dyeing a dog,” the company adds.

While Chloe alleged that the dyes are safe to use, others were still critical of her decision to colour the dog at all, with one viewer writing: “Even if it’s harmless, pets are not toys to paint on. And the whole argument with keeping him safe from stealing. you could’ve just painted his tail.”

“That is so unnecessary,” someone else added.

In response to the criticism, there were others who defended the pet owner on the basis that there is “no real issue” as long as the dog is safe.

“As long as it’s not damaging his fur and the dog’s chill with it, there is no real issue,” one person claimed, while another said: “Y’all realise the dog doesn’t care right.”

The brightly coloured pet also appears to have started a trend, as another TikTok user by the username @isabeastly recently posted a video showing the aftermath of their attempt to colour their dog’s fur.

“I saw some girl dye her dog on TikTok and I have been wanting to dye my dog for a while,” they captioned the video as they showed the dye covering their white walls, floor and bathtub. “OMG my landlord is going to take my deposit. Help me!”

The clip, which includes a look at the TikToker’s dog after it was dyed bright red and orange, also sparked similar criticism, with one person writing: “People do anything, that poor dog.”

“So mean to do that to a dog,” someone else said.

According to animal supply company Petco, colouring a dog’s fur is fine as long as it is done using “dog-friendly hair dye”.

However, the company warns that pet owners should “never use human hair dye on your dog” as it “can be toxic if they lick their fur and contains chemicals that could harm their skin”.


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Petco also warns owners not to use any dog dye if their dog has sensitive skin and to “consult a veterinarian for the best advice on your pet’s health and well-being”

The Independent has contacted Chloe and @isabeastly for comment.

A dog owner has lifted the lid on why she dyes her labrador’s tail – and once pet owners find out the reasons behind it, they are probably going to want to do it too.

Rosie the Service Dog is something of a celebrity on TikTok with over 30 million likes and 1.4 million followers to her name.

Posting videos under the handle, fans regularly flock to see updates on her day-to-day life as a service dog, helping her owner Claire with important everyday tasks.

One thing that is especially noticeable about Rosie is her rainbow-colored tail, which makes her distinguishable from most other dogs of her breed.

Now her owner has decided to offer up an explanation behind her colorful dye-job in a post that has already been viewed more than 7 million times on TikTok.

The clip can be watched here.

In the video, Claire explains that Rosie’s dye job is “to keep her from being stepped on or stolen.”

“Dyed dogs have a much less chance of being targeted by dog thieves since they have such a strong identifiable feature to them,” she says in the clip, which chronicles the dying process.

“It’s much easier giving the description ‘she’s a golden with a rainbow tail’ than just ‘she’s a golden’ because there are thousands upon thousands of goldens that look just like her.”

According to Canine Journal, an estimated 2 million dogs are stolen from their owners each year, with just 10 percent of those animals eventually recovered.

Labrador retrievers also ranked among the top 10 most stolen breeds, with dogs of this kind fetching as much as $2,000 when sold on.

Claire also notes on the video that “Service dogs are also one of the most sought out dogs to steal because of how well trained they are.”

She added that microchipping a dog would do little to prevent theft of this kind since they are not visible while any physical identification such as tags would also be ripped away by thieves.

Though some may have their reservations, Claire told viewers Rosie “did not care” about having her tail dyed and was “not stressed” all and actually slept through the process.

She said that she used a pet-safe dye made specifically for animals and chose a vibrant rainbow design because it was “fun.”

Commenting on the video, one TikTok user posting under the name freshatrick, praised the clip, commenting: “I never understood why people dyed their pets but your explanation definitely makes sense and is pretty smart.”

Jo_Fischer also endorsed the video, writing: “Someone literally tried to rip my service dog’s leash out of my hand one time and steal him in public. No one even helped me. This is smart!”

Julia Bergamini added: “A microchip isn’t enough: a microchip doesn’t help until the dog is stolen. This prevents it from being stolen in the first place.”

Newsweek has contacted Rosie and Claire for comment.

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The effectiveness of service dogs was recently showcased in the story of one heroic dog who came to the rescue of an Illinois man after he suffered a heart attack.

Golden retrievers also remain a constant source of entertainment on social media, as this hapless hound who was caught trying to steal his owner’s food demonstrates.

There are plenty of occasions that might make you consider using dog hair dye to give your pooch a pop of color. Maybe it’s for Halloween or a pride parade or you want your pup to match his favorite bandana or leash.

Regardless of the reason, there are a few things you should know about dog fur dye before you try it yourself at home: Namely, don’t try it yourself at home. This is an instance when you’ll want to see a professional groomer to make sure your pup looks extra spiffy and the dye is applied safely.

That’s according to a pair of groomers, Brian Taylor of Harlem Doggie Day Spa and Gloria Hardaway, of Petcare Plus by Gloria the Groomer who told Daily Paws that dyeing your dog a certain color is a decision that needs plenty of thought. The coloring can be done safely, but will your dog be OK sitting through the long process it takes to dye their coat? And will you still like seeing the colored fur for potentially months and months?

“Hey, it’s going to stay on for a while,” Hardaway tells her clients. “This isn’t something I can just take right back out.”

How to Dye Dog Hair

After you and your vet have decided that your pooch is a candidate for dog hair dye, the next step to dyeing your dog’s fur—like we outlined above—is very easy and your only step: Have a pro do it. Seriously, unless you are a professional dog groomer reading this, start looking for groomers in your area rather than buying the dye yourself.

Be prepared for a long process. Both Taylor and Hardaway say they’ll meet with their clients before the grooming session to make sure they know about the process and how long the dye will stay on their dogs. Plus, certain dogs, which we’ll outline below, shouldn’t get coloring.

Your groomer will also know which dog-safe hair dye to use, whether that’s Opawz (Hardaway’s go-to) or Crazy Liberty. If you do visit your groomer for a dye job, be sure to ask them which kind of dye they use and why it’s safe for dogs.

“You’ve got to make sure it’s safe in case the dog licks it,” Hardaway says.

Then comes the coloring process itself. Taylor, who’s known as the Dog Father of Harlem, says the dyeing process will take about 30 or 40 extra minutes after your dog’s regular grooming. He makes sure he’s careful, staying away from the dog’s skin and looking out for any signs the dog is stressed or anxious.

“We have those handling tools, and we understand how to handle the dogs,” he says.

Trying this yourself without that knowledge is how you may inadvertently hurt, poison, or even traumatize your dog. You might also end up with an unwelcome, colorful addition to your new couch.

Once it’s on the dog, the dye will last a long time, surviving 10 or more washes. For some short-haired dogs, you might see the dye remnants for up to a year, Hardaway says. That’s a long time to hang with a festively colored pooch—do you really want to see that holiday-themed floof well into summer? The safest way to remove any dye is shaving your dog’s hair, which might not be the best option for a short-haired or double-coated dog breed. (Maybe that’s why poodles, with their ever-growing hair, are typically the best dye candidates.)

Dogs Who Shouldn’t Have Their Fur Dyed

Hardaway and Taylor say there are a few doggie ailments that are red flags for dogs looking for a dye job. Those with the following should reconsider dog fur dye:

  • Skin allergies, which the dye can irritate
  • Open sores and moles

Dogs with those probably won’t qualify for dog hair dye. Same goes for older dogs. The dye process can take a while, so Hardaway and Taylor say they prefer working with dogs who have the energy to make it through the session, which can leave some pups exhausted.

“[It’s] so much extra work for the dog,” Taylor says.

Keep in mind that your groomer might only color the fur of certain breeds. Taylor, for instance, prefers coloring hairy dogs like poodles, doodles, and Maltese while Hardaway will dye dogs with shorter hair—just as long as pet parents know what they’re in for.

Is Human Hair Dye Safe for Dogs?

Nope! Don’t do that! Our hair dye can have toxic chemicals that can really hurt your dog. Take Violet, who nearly died after her fur was colored with a human product. As always, you can talk with your preferred groomer or veterinarian about any products you should stay away from when looking for fur dye.

After all, you don’t want to be like the person who came into Hardaway’s shop recently, asking her to undo the dog’s Kool-Aid dye job. That’s not cool.

You’ll want trusted hands like Hardaway or Taylor. They’ve both heard from people who say that fur dye is inhumane, but they argue that the dye is safe when applied properly to the right dog. The dog stays happy, and the dyed, groomed fur is much better than what’s on the other end of the spectrum: a dog with unkempt, matted fur.

“I’m not neglecting my dog because of its color,” Hardaway says.

June 1, 2020 by Jane Warley

In this blog post, we are asking, please don’t dye your pets’ hair. It’s a fad that’s becoming ever more popular and with pet hair dye freely available to the public, one that’s not going anywhere soon. If you are thinking about, please read on before you open the bottle.

How to dye your pet

As humans, we dye our hair all sorts of colours for all kinds of reasons, and that’s fine. It’s a choice we make, and it can make us feel good about ourselves. But for pets, it’s not a choice, it’s not necessary, and it doesn’t make them feel good. In fact, it can do just the opposite, and it is purely for our satisfaction.

It can cause stress and anxiety

While some dogs welcome a splash in the bath, others find it stressful and get anxious at the thought and it’s hardly surprising. If you think about it, we’re forcing our pets into a situation they can’t control and then pouring water all over them. It’s not very nice and in the case of pet hair dye, completely unnecessary. Some take up to 20 washes to remove too. That’s a lot of unnecessary baths.

Pet hair dye removes natural oils from fur

How to dye your pet

Dogs have essential oils in their fur that help to keep their coat healthy and shiny. Some breeds, such as retrievers, have particularly oily coats that help them to stay waterproof. Dog dyes which include peroxide remove oils from the dog’s coat for weeks. Furthermore, frequent washing can irritate and dry out the skin as well as increase the risk of bacterial and fungal infections.

It’s not safe to eat

While pet hair dyes are apparently safe for pets, many suppliers say ‘do not let pets lick the hair dye’. That means, you either need to stop them from performing a completely natural behaviour or put them at risk from consuming something that is potentially bad for them for no reason at all. Neither of which is favourable.

There is a risk of allergic reactions

In the same way that humans can react badly to hair dye, dogs and other pets can. It’s true that pet hair dye companies do recommend patch testing before use to ensure pets are not allergic, but these products are widely available to anyone and not all owners follow this advice.

A dog owner in the states, for example, used human hair dye on her dog, which resulted in an allergic reaction and near-fatal injuries. Furthermore, recovery was hampered by the worrying idea that should the dog follow its instincts and lick its wounds, it could ingest the dye and poison itself.

It increases the risk of ear infections

How to dye your pet

Ear infections are a common reason why dogs end up visiting the vets in summer. Dogs are swimming more and the exposure to water and lack of proper cleaning and drying creates the ideal environment for bacteria and yeast to grow.

The added bathing and grooming required to remove animal hair dye increases the risk of ear infections especially if owners are doing it themselves rather than turning to professionals who know how to groom and use dye correctly.

How to dye your pet

Some people may think that making our pets look different colors can be fun. But it could also be harmful to them.

Coloring pets’ hair is called pet dyeing. It’s a hobby for some people. Have you ever watched the TLC show, “My Crazy Obsession”? There was a woman who was obsessed with pink. She even had her poodle dyed pink. Some people might have thought how odd to have a pink poodle. While others may have thought that she abused her dog.

There are different groups of people in this world when it comes to pet dyeing. There are the ones who are all for it and the ones who think it’s abuse. Is pet dyeing abuse or are those people over-reacting? The topic of pet dying elicits strong opinion. Caanan Foth and Daniel Carver talked about their opinions of pet dyeing.

Caanan Foth has two dogs and has never used pet dye on either one of them. He said, “No need to use pet dye when they are already beautiful the way they are.”

Caanan is against people dying their pets different colors. He said, “I have never dyed an animal before and never will I prefer animals to be other than their natural color. These people who dye their animals are abusive toward them. It’s just not right.” Caanan strongly believes the hair dye used for animals is not safe to use. He said, “Dyeing animals can cause serious damage to them. For instance, the chemicals in the dye will give them severe burns or give them wounds. It is very unethical to be using pet dye on animals. The chemicals the creators use to make the dye are harmful to them. People are crazy for using pet dye. If you want to make your pet pretty, then buy a coat, a bow or a hat. At least those don’t have severe chemicals to harm the animals. There is a reason why people make clothes for animals,” Caanan Foth said. He believes, “Pet dye should be illegal in all 50 states and if someone gets caught pet dyeing, they should have a hefty fine.”

Not everyone feels that way, though. Daniel Carver has the opposite opinion of Caanan. Daniel has four animals: a dog, two cats and a hamster. He said, “I have never dyed my animals, but if I wanted to I would because it would be fun.”

Daniel is all for people dying their animals. He said, “People dye their own hair all the time. What’s the difference if animals get their fur or hair dyed? People all the time are bleaching their hair to have a different color or making it a different neutral color. Do they ever stop to think about it being safe to use on their scalps? Why would it matter for animals?” Daniel strongly believes using pet dye is perfectly fine. “Maybe it might be unethical or maybe it is ethical. But it should never be illegal to use it. That is like making hair dye illegal to use on human hair. If people can enjoy making their own selves pretty and silly, then so can other animals. No reason why their pets can’t join in on the fun, too,” Daniel said.

So, we have two different people with two different opinions about using pet dye on animals. As you can see, it is a pretty emotional area. So if you are looking to start a conversation, you just might want to raise the topic.

With a special event on the horizon, you want to get your dog in on the festivities and think it could be fun to color their fur — green and red for the holidays or red, white and blue for a patriotic celebration. It’s a trend that’s been growing, but can you buy dog-safe hair dye? Do groomers know how to dye dog hair? As a dog parent, your pet’s safety and comfort is your number one concern.

Here’s what to know about dying your dog’s fur safely, so that you can make an informed decision about how you’ll prep your pet for your next soiree.

Dog-Safe Hair Dye

Good news for color enthusiasts: there are lots of ways to safely dye your dog’s hair. Semipermanent pet-safe dyes often come in gel or liquid form. In addition to the dyes you can buy at a store, you can also use vegetable juice to dye your pet’s fur without exposing them to chemicals. Use carrot juice to give your pooch a reddish-orange tint or beet juice for pink fur. Food coloring is another option you may want to explore.

Consider asking a dog groomer if they sell or can recommend any pet-safe hair dyes. For other suggestions, reach out to your veterinarian or a local pet supply store.

The most important thing to remember is to not use hair dye for humans on your pet, as they can be toxic. This is especially dangerous since dogs lick themselves. Also, avoid products that contain harsh chemicals, such as hydrogen peroxide and ammonia. And avoid dying your dog’s hair if they have a skin condition or have irritated or itchy skin, as dye could further aggravate it.

How Long Does Dog-Safe Hair Dye Last?

The longevity of your dog-friendly hair dye will vary based on your dog’s coat and the kind of dye you use. Some products will last a day or two and are designed to wash out after a single bath, while others may last for up to five washes.

How to dye your pet

Does Dye Work on All Dog Coats?

While we often think of poodles when it comes to breeds with dyed fur, you can dye the hair of most types of dogs — whether their hair is short or long and curly or straight. To learn more about how color will take to your dog’s fur, consult a groomer.

How to Dye Dog Hair Safely

Wondering how to dye dog hair safely? While there are DIY techniques you can use to dye your pet’s hair at home, as outlined by The Fun Times Guide to Dogs, the best way to ensure your dog’s safety and comfort is to have a professional groomer dye their hair. If you don’t have a groomer, ask your vet for groomer recommendations. Make sure to check your dog’s fur and skin for any scratches or open sores to prevent aggravating them and causing your dog pain. Also, make sure to avoid getting the dye around your dog’s face as it could be unpleasant if it gets in their eyes or nose. Always be sure to consult your veterinarian to get their take to avoid any mishaps or dyes that could be unsafe for your dog.

As long as you take the proper precautions by sticking to natural, toxin-free dyes and consulting a professional, dying your dog’s hair can be a fun way to honor an occasion or celebrate a holiday. Your pup will be sure to turn heads when you enter the party.

Read more details to find out how unsafe it is to colour dye your pet’s fur and why this latest Instagram trend is extremely unhealthy for dogs and cats.

It’s strange how quirky fashion trends can be very demanding when applied on animals. One latest not so welcomed fashion trend trotting in animal kingdom is dying the pet’s fur. The internet is flooded with photos of pink colored Pomeranians and Chow-Chows closely resembling a Panda bear.
How to dye your pet

[Image Credit: Snigdha Ahuja]

French model Lia Catreux is a proud owner of Fluffy, a Pomeranian with a huge fan following on Instagram. And this four legged wannabe model made its debut at a Paris (Fall/Winter collection) Fashion show, walking the runway for our very own Manish Arora. So far so good! But the one thing that drew flak from animal activists and lovers is the unnatural colored coat of Fluffy- the Doggy.

Sadly social media trends are being blindly followed as the new role model in today’s day and age. Poor dogs are being succumbed to hair dying by the not so discerning pet owners all across the globe.

How to dye your pet

Animal activist Amrita Phool Gujral talks about the growing trend of colored canines participating in pet shows. She is of the opinion that a pet is a member of the family and not an object of ostentation! Natural coat of dogs is beautiful in itself, their natural hair color ranges from white, chocolate, golden, auburn, black and similar shades & tints.

Delhi based veterinarian Dr. Vijay Kumar is strictly against the use of colors on pets. Another vet Dr. Rita Goyle stresses on the hazardous nature of even the herbal dyes and the damage they can cause on the coat and skin of the animal over a period of time.

Therefore we can conclude that there is nothing known as an organic/dog friendly hair dye. Even Herbal dyes are not 100% safe.

The CEO of PETA India Poorva Joshipura expresses her take on the subject, “Dying an animal’s fur can cause the animal stress and can lead to complications or allergic reactions that may put the animal’s health in danger. Dogs and cats love their human companions, regardless of how we look. Why not extend the same kindness to them? Animals are gorgeous as they are”.

How to dye your pet

Let’s take a look at a few reasons why dyeing animal hair/fur is a torture not worth subjecting your pet to:

  • It is medically proven that there are no 100% safe dyes for animals. Chemicals found in hair color such as hydrogen peroxide and ammonia, are very strong chemicals that can cause allergic reactions in dogs/pets. Hair coloring is a human fad and pets such as cats & dogs should be kept outside this ambit. Not just skin allergies but dyed hair can pose a potential threat to the pet’s overall well being; dogs and cats constantly lick their fur/coat and in the process ingest the harmful chemical laden dye. Don’t be fooled by what some city based spas and dog grooming parlors call ‘dog friendly dyes’ to promote their services of hair streaking/coloring for canines.
  • Humans have reported burning sensations and skin irritation upon using even the best of hair dyes. Therefore it is important to note that a dog’s skin is much more sensitive when compared to that of humans. And coloring a dog’s hair means that his entire body will have to be exposed to toxic coloring and in the course dyes can get into the ears, eyes and even the mouth of the pet. If the dog swallows the chemical dye due to licking its coat, it can lead to vomiting, nausea and diarrhea among other critical illnesses.
  • Why subject the dogs to a process that is beyond their comprehension. Human beings like to experiment with their looks & adopt various cosmetic procedures such as hair-dying to increase their aesthetic appeal. But dogs don’t understand this concept of beautifying oneself unnaturally. Exposing a dog to such an abnormal procedure means exposing it to psychological trauma.

Potato, Bean and Sweet-corn a chow-chow trio owned by a Singapore national Meng Jiang are followed by more than two thousand Instagram users simply because they look like pandas and not dogs. This is nothing more than another foolish attempt by the owner to use toxic hair dyes on the mute four legged beings.

Just because these pets can’t voice the discomfort caused, doesn’t validate such an act. Join hands with Petsworld to express displeasure and spread awareness on the negatives of dying animal hair. #Sparethedogcampaign #Perceivepetsasnatureintendedthemtobe

Parisian fashion model Lia Catreux has been blasted “cruel” and “selfish” by her followers on Instagram after posting photos of her dog dyed a shade of hot fuschia.

The American Apparel model takes her Pomeranian Fluffy to be professionally coloured, and even runs an Instagram account dedicated to the tiny pooch.

But commenters have been quick to blast Catreux for “animal abuse”.

“Pets are NOT toys,” one commenter wrote. Another added: “Why don’t you bleach and dye your skin instead?”

Addressing the “haters”, Catreux posted the below photo of Fluffy with the caption “I made me color only every two months, and in very good conditions by the grooming salon @calinaelansa.[sic]

“After my shampoo and my cup, my brush is dyed with a specified color for dogs, completely harmless for me and it does not bother me more than to make me wash or trim the hair.[sic]

“I’m not a toy but I have the right to live funny and I have no problem to be makeover a little bit.”[sic]

Leading animal charities are officially warning against the practice of dying your dog’s fur.

A spokesperson from PETA told HuffPost UK Style: “Dogs are smart, complex animals, not toys, so it’s no treat for them to be dyed as if they were nothing more than accessories.

“People need to know that there is no safe way to dye a dog or any other animal.

“They can get water in their ears (which isn’t as simple as when it happens to a human; it can lead to all sorts of complications) or have an allergic reaction – even a fatal one. There is simply no way to know how your animal will react.

“PETA would urge people to let dogs be dogs: Love and appreciate them for their natural beauty and leave them out of our confusing human shenanigans”

We also spoke to the RSPCA, who said: “We believe that animals should not be painted or dyed for cosmetic reasons as this could have dangerous and potentially fatal consequences – there is the potential for the dye/paint to be toxic and harm the animals.

“Our pets are living creatures and dyeing them in this way sends out an extremely worrying message that they could be viewed as novelty accessories rather than intelligent, sentient animals.”

Hello fellow tamers in training this is Professor Misato here and welcome to my pet dye list.

For all the tamable pets check Full Pet list here

First let’s go over with a quick lesson on how to dye your pet. (for detailed guide on how to fuse refer to Gotta catch them all part4 fusion guide)

You’ll need 2 pets to do this via fusion: pet A and pet B either one can have dye but only the pet you pick as app will be dyed by other pet.

On the first screen pick your app pet then click select to proceed to the 2nd screen.

Here you’ll be able choose which colors to dye your pet (A,B,C)

How to dye your pet

Each dye will color a different part of your pet; in this case Blue A colors lower body/face, Pink B colors Upper body / head, Tan C (whatever color that is :sweat_smile: ) just colors inner ears and head jewel.

Next proceed thru the rest of the fusion process and you’re done.

Q: How do I know which pet has dye?

A: *Throws a Lime Potum at student* Be quiet that’s what this guide is about. Actually a good way to know what pet has dye is if you find a monster with same or similar name / body to another just with a different color.

Q: Should pets that have dye cost more?

A: Yes cause I’m a poor Prof. and I need spina, cause teaching lazy students doesn’t pay much ya know :sweat_smile: . Honestly yeah they should be worth more since only a few have dye and some are only available thru events

Q: Should I max lvl both pets before dyeing?

A: Yep, unless you don’t want to use it in battle

Q: Will dyed App pet color carryover in later fusion?

A: Yes. Once dyed the App pet will stay that color. This way we can mix and match different dyes (part ABC) from multiple pets to our favorite pets.

*Tip if you have a pet that has dye you want but is too low max level keep fusing it with higher lvl pets till it’s around the lvl you want to use it as dye for your favorite pet*

If you have any other questions feel free to ask 🙂

Prof. : Now on to what you all want.

Student A: Donuts!

Student B: Recess!

Prof. : No, Extra homework for you! Now be quiet! As I was saying it’s time for the list.

List is by mon type and will be 2 post due to picture limit :sweat_smile:

Bunnies: Lovable cute furry critters of fury

PETA’s got an issue with those rushing to perform dangerous hair dye procedures on dogs. Dogs trust their human guardians to keep them safe, but shows like Pooch Perfect can encourage people to treat their canine companions as if they were no more than objects to decorate, like ceramic pots. Dog hair dye jobs can cause dogs to have a serious allergic reaction or stress them out. Some animals may even sustain burns or be fatally poisoned by the toxins.

Dog dyed purple almost dies. And PETA found & prosecuted woman who pierced a kitten’s ears to sell her as a Goth. Enough! Animals aren’t toys or props. Report abuse!

Dogs Don’t Need or Want to Be Dyed

It’s so important to remember that dogs are not things but individuals. They deserve to curl up at home with a loving guardian. No animal should have to endure being leashed to a countertop, painted, and prodded for a nonsensical “beauty” treatment, regardless of their breed, personality, or temperament. Claiming that it’s OK to torment “show dogs” is like justifying the exploitation of “circus elephants.” Dogs are dogs, just as elephants are elephants. All animals deserve to live free from the speciesist whims of humans.

Dogs are smart and loyal—they’re not here for cheap human amusement. Shows like Pooch Perfect can encourage people with no animal-grooming experience to reach for the dog hair dye or clippers without a second thought.

Proper, regular grooming is important—but performing unnatural beauty procedures on animal companions is unnecessary, speciesist, and possibly even dangerous.

No animal has a natural desire or need to be dyed, pierced, tattooed, mutilated, or modified in any other way to appeal to humans’ aesthetic preferences. Although routine grooming is necessary and important for many companion animals, unnatural beauty procedures that don’t benefit an animal’s health and well-being should never be performed—there’s simply too much risk and absolutely no need. Forcing an animal to endure this kind of suffering isn’t trendy—it’s abusive.

Think Dogs Are Perfect? Take Action to Help Them!

PETA makes it quick and easy to take action for dogs using your phone or computer. It only takes a minute, so what are you waiting for?

Ears or tails done in temporary dye cost about $5 to $15, while semi-permanent or permanent dye jobs cost $20 to $25. Full body colors range from $40 to $60 for a single color, or upward of $100 for a multi-colored intricate design.

Can you permanently dye a dog?

OPAWZ Dog Hair Dye is safe and non-toxic. This permanent dye can last for around 20 washes, so plan your work carefully in advance.

How long does dog hair dye last?

The longevity of your dog-friendly hair dye will vary based on your dog’s coat and the kind of dye you use. Some products will last a day or two and are designed to wash out after a single bath, while others may last for up to five washes.

Is it bad to dye your dog?

Dyeing your dog can be safe and cause no harm if done right. … Dogs that are groomed regularly are usually quite used to being bathed and it causes no unusual distress in them. If you are going to dye your dog’s fur, it is important to use the right dye. Human dyes are not meant for ingestion and are very toxic.

Is it cruel to dye your pet’s fur?

All-natural and organic dyes formulated for use on pets are for the most part safe. These products do not include the harmful toxins and chemicals found in most regular human hair dyes. … Never, under any circumstances, use human-grade dye products on your dog.

Does PetSmart sell dog hair dye?

Does PetSmart dye dogs hair? Trained PetSmart groomers can help select the style, colors and placement of chalk, stencils or feathers that will show up best on dogs’ fur. …

Can I dye my dog with food coloring?

Food coloring or even natural dyes from foods (like beets for pink hair) are natural, non-toxic ways to add color to your dog’s hair. Some people even recommend using food coloring to get your pet’s hair the perfect shade.

Can I dye my dog black?

Long-lasting permanent color specially formulated for dogs and horses. Provides bright, fashionable and unique color results.

Is there dog hair dye?

Owpawz Opawz Dog/Pet Hair Dye Gel Bright, Fun Shade, Semi-Permanent and Permanent Dye, Completely Non-Toxic Safe for Dogs, Multiple Colors Available.

Can you dye a dog with Kool Aid?

Dyeing your dog’s hair is a great way to make your dog look more fun and exciting. If you want a cheap and easy method for dyeing your dog’s coat, choosing Kool Aid is an excellent idea. … Simply give your dog a bath and mix the Kool Aid with some conditioner to dye your dog’s hair different fun colors.

Can you bleach a dog’s hair?

Your dog may look precious dyed pink or green. … Do not use human hair dye on your dog. The bleach in the dye will irritate any sores or spots on your dog’s fur and it may even cause your dog to shed. Consult your groomer to find products that will be safe for your dog [source: Martha Stewart].

How do I get hair dye off my dog?

Wash the stained area with regular dog shampoo. As simple as it sounds, a quick spot wash is enough to wash away some stains. Wet the stained fur and scrub a few drops of shampoo into the stain. Let it sit on the fur for a few minutes, and rinse with clean, warm water.

Do puppies have puppy fur?

Puppies are born with a single coat of soft, fluffy fur that helps regulate their body temperature. This coat naturally gives way to their adult coat, which is usually thicker and stiffer than their puppy coat. … Dogs may develop coats that are a different color than their puppy coat.

What is a Pikachu dog?

The Pekingese Chihuahua mix is a designer dog that is a hybrid of Pekingese and Chihuahua breeds. The dog is known by several names such as Pek-a-chi, Pee-chi, Pekachi, Pikachu, but the most common name is Cheeks.

What is a panda dog?

But in all actuality, the Panda Dog is not a Panda at all — they are usually Chow Chows, a fluffy breed of dog also native to China, who have been specially groomed, hair clipped and dyed so that they merely resemble Pandas. …

How to dye your pet

Last update: 31 March, 2019

A few years ago, ostentation arrived in the world of pets. In fact, these days you can buy just about anything for them. Clothes, necklaces, sunglasses, and even diamonds are all in fashion in the animal world. However, a newer trend that is somewhat harmful is also becoming popular: the tendency to dye your pet’s fur.

Many people might say that if dyeing your hair is harmful to humans, why wouldn’t it be even more so to animals? Well, there are certain differences in that regard. However, in this article, you will find some good reasons why you shouldn’t dye your pet’s fur.

Reasons not to dye your pet’s fur

As much as you might want to humanize your pets, there are some things that you shouldn’t do. Dyeing your animal’s fur can cause the following problems:


Even just the process of washing, dyeing and drying will take longer than an hour and a half. Having something in the animal’s hair can make it feel impotent. And of course, just the process itself can be unpleasant and stressful.

Do you really want to give your pet a hard time without it being absolutely necessary? Something to think about…


Although there are special dyes for pets and a good professional will know how to dye your pet’s fur, some of these pet dyes can cause allergies. This is more common than you might think.

The same as with humans – even though the dyes we use are generally fine for us, some dyes still contain allergens that can make some people sick. The same thing can happen with animals.

Therefore, if your pet’s skin is a little sensitive, or if it’s still very young, then it’s better to avoid giving it a tough time that could also provoke swelling, itchiness, and rashes.


Although there are specific dyes for animals, these contain chemicals that could poison your pet. Will you really be able to stop your dog from licking the dyed part of its fur? Just imagine the damage it could cause your dog if it were to swallow even just a little bit of these chemical components!

If you don’t want to run these risks, it would be better to give up on the idea of dyeing your pet’s fur.

Masks your pet’s smell

Dogs have a certain smell that is very important in all aspects of their life. A chemical dye will just camouflage that smell and will make good relationships with other dogs more difficult.

In the same way that people’s hair forms part of their personality, the same is true in the case of your pet. With that in mind, let your animal have its own identity, without anything artificial.

How to dye your pet’s fur safely

If, after considering all of the above information, you are still convinced that you want to dye your pet’s fur, make sure you can do it safely.

Experts recommend using food dyes, since these won’t harm your pet if it happens to try to lick itself, or if the dye comes into contact with your pet’s skin.

You’ll have to mix the product with water at room temperature, never with hot or very cold water.

Okay, so as well as being safe, you want your animal to look pretty, right? Make sure that all the parts of the fur that you want to dye are wet. To help with this job, you can use a comb to disperse the product through the fur.

Remember that we’re talking here about food dyes. Under no circumstances should you try to dye your animal with dyes designed for human hair or with any other product that’s not specially designed for pets.

So, will you dye your pet’s fur?

We know that you’d like to dye your pet’s fur so that it can be fashionable along with you. However, you shouldn’t forget that the safety and well-being of your furry friend should always come first in any decision regarding their welfare.

With that in mind, you should think about the above risks of dyeing your pet’s fur. Remember that you should take into account your pet’s feelings, health and what’s best for them.

How to dye your petThere was a big fad in China a few years back where people were dying their pets to look like wild animals such as tigers and pandas. In North America, it is not unusual to see dogs died to accompany children on Halloween or as part of a statement such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when many dogs go pink for a month. Is it safe to dye your dog? Is it cruel? Is it legal?

In some states it is illegal to dye your pet with dog hair dye. These laws were generally enacted to protect small animals around Easter time but can also be applied to normal pets. Some people have been fined for dyeing their dogs.

Whether it’s cruel or not, depends on your pet. Some animals, such as small rodents like rats, mice, and chinchillas, should never be dyed. You don’t bathe them because they get chilled easily and are very vulnerable to illnesses like pneumonia. Dyeing them just puts them at risk of illness and is extremely stressful for them. Cats are also seldom bathed and tend to find it very stressful. Cats are also serious groomers and have many food sensitivities not present in dogs and people. So, dyeing your cat is not a great idea either.

Dyeing your dog can be safe and cause no harm if done right. For starters, your dog is not a good candidate for dyeing if they hate being bathed. Dogs that are groomed regularly are usually quite used to being bathed and it causes no unusual distress in them. If you are going to dye your dog’s fur, it is important to use the right dye. Human dyes are not meant for ingestion and are very toxic. Always remember that anything you put your dog is likely to be consumed when they lick their fur. Also, their fur tends to cover their whole body, making skin exposure to the dye significantly higher than it is when you dye your own hair.

Choose a pet-safe dye (there are some on the market) or better still use food colouring which is very safe when eaten. You can also use Kool Aid. Be careful to avoid getting any dye in your pet’s eyes. The first time you apply a dye, put it only on a small patch of fur and then wait 24 hours. This is to make sure your dog is not allergic to any aspect of the dye. A small patch of itchy skin is much kinder than a whole body itch. If your dog suffers from any type of skin disorder or condition that causes skin irritation, it is better not to try to dye their fur.

There have been no long term studies of the effects of dyes, including the pet safe dyes, on an animal’s health so use it with some caution. Be aware of your dog’s personality as well. Taking your shy little dog and dying him to look like a panda is going to attract a lot of attention. He may not appreciate that and find the whole experience stressful.

As long as your dog does not mind the dyeing process or the resultant attention, it is not harmful to dye your dog. It is important you use the right kind of dyes to avoid making your pet sick. You should never dye pets like cats, rats, mice, and chinchillas. To dye an animal that will find the procedure stressful is cruel. The rest is up to you.

How to dye your pet

According to Jay Hathaway of, earlier last year, Russian actress Elena Lenina brought a kitten that was dyed bright pink to a party. Unfortunately, days later, there were rumors spread that the pink kitten named Nana – made pink to match the actress’ outfit – died after licking the paint off her fur.

Over 30,000 petitioners wanted Lenina charged for animal cruelty. Thankfully, it turns out this was a hoax says Hathaway, and the kitten is still alive and doing well (and apparently in another home).

Can dye hurt your cat?
Still, as National Poison Prevention Week approaches, it’s a good time to remember that even simple products such as hair dyes and certain chemicals can potentially be dangerous to cats. That’s because cats have an altered liver metabolism and can’t breakdown certain drugs or chemicals well (which is why they are so sensitive to drugs like Tylenol). Because of cats’ unique metabolism, even common household products such as laundry detergent, liquid potpourris and other chemicals can be corrosive or poisonous!

Some people have an ethical issue with dyeing cats. Regardless of what you decide, make sure you are using a pet-safe dye. For any product you use on your cat, make sure it isn’t sugar-free and doesn’t contain xylitol. Please also know that just because it’s “natural” doesn’t mean it’s safe for cats. Take for example, certain concentrated essential oils. When used on cats, these can cause difficulty breathing, walking drunk, corrosive burns in the mouth and even liver failure.

Recently, a veterinary study found that a dog that ingested a natural hair dye – henna – had severe poisoning and developed a life-threatening anemia from it 1 . Again, just because it’s “natural” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s safe.

If you do dye your cat, please first speak with your veterinarian, then monitor for clinical signs of a reaction or problem such as:

  • Foaming at the mouth
  • Drooling excessively
  • Not eating
  • Lethargy
  • Hiding
  • Redness of the skin
  • Itching or excessive grooming
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Hives (rare in cats)
  • Difficulty breathing

If you notice any of these signs, gently bathe the dye off if possible with a liquid dish soap (used to wash dishes in the sink such as Dawn, Joy or Palmolive). If signs worsen, get to a veterinarian or emergency clinic as soon as possible.

When in doubt, check with your veterinarian or ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center to confirm whether or not the product you’re using is safe. And try not to match your pets to your outfits in bright pink – because they are naturally beautiful!

Questions to ask your veterinarian

  • Is it safe for my pet to be dyed?
  • Is this product safe for my pet?
  • What signs should I look for if my cat is having a problem with the dye?

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

How to dye your pet

Is there anything cuter than a puppy with a purple Mohawk? If you’re as freaky as we are, you love perking up your pooch with a colorful dye job. But even though rainbow pets are totally on point nowadays, it doesn’t mean you should throw all caution to the wind.

Here are a few must-do’s when giving your baby a fabulous new ‘do —

1. Don’t Use Human Hair Dye

How to dye your pet

This is super important: human hair dye often contains chemicals which can be harmful to a dog’s skin and, more horrifying, to his or her internal organs as well if your pet licks it (which, face it, is inevitable).

2. Instead, Use Food Coloring or a Homemade Natural Dye

How to dye your pet

For the DIY doggie stylist, we suggest non-permanent solutions such as natural food dyes from a health food store or juice from a colorful fruit or veggie (i.e., beets, spinach, strawberries, or blackberries). Also, make sure you’re using a food that is safe for the dog to ingest – so NO GRAPE JUICE!

3. Consider Going to a Pro

How to dye your pet

You go to the beauty parlor. so why are you holding out on your best friend? There are many groomers that carry dog-safe dyes and are also skilled at applying them. It might cost a bit, but c’mon – it’s totally worth it when you debut your baby’s new look at the local dog park and make all the mutts (and their masters) totally jealous.

4. Make Sure Your Dog Can Handle the Attention

How to dye your pet

If you have a shy dog, it’s best to stay away from altering their fur. Some dogs love the increased attention, others will be totally freaked out by all those random strangers pulling up to pat their pretty colorful heads. Your pet may just prefer the natural look.

5. Stick to Simplicity

How to dye your pet

Dying your dog’s hair can be a fun way to make your dog stand out, but it’s a fine line between pet freak on fleek and fashion faux-paws. Think WWBD? (What would Beyoncé do), and go from there.

For all of the doggie ‘do’s, when it comes to dying your pooch’s pelt, there are plenty of doggie don’t’s. So keep calm and color on!