Is Coloring Your Dog’s Fur Good or Bad?

I know that you also observe the increasing domination of cute dogs in different social media-sharing platforms.

There are videos of them doing intense challenges like jumping in stacks of tissue paper and jumping inside the hula hoops. There are also pranks like recording dogs’ farts and just giving them a cube of food. There are also some dramatic videos that would surely make you say “aww, poor dog”.

Aside from those cute pieces of stuff, there are also these photos and videos of their pets with dyed fur. Examples of these are a poodle with bold and bright pink fur, a Shih Tzu with rainbow ears, and a pure white dog dotted with black dyes to look like a Dalmatian. While it is cute and beautiful in our eyes, the question is: IS COLORING YOUR DOG’S FUR SAFE OR NOT?

It is safe to dye or color a dog’s fur as long as owners are following the right way, according to most health experts.

Below are some helpful guides for dog owners if they are considering dyeing their pet’s fur.

Tips in coloring your dog's fur

1. Do not use human hair dye. Dogs love to clean themselves by licking their fur. That’s why it is a big no and never for experts to use human hair dyes in coloring your pet’s fur. Because these hair dyes contain toxic chemicals which can put the health of your beloved dogs in danger. They may suffer from burns, sores, and even hair shredding, said health experts.
2. Only use dog-friendly coloring agents. Food color is the top choice of most experts since they are toxic-free. But, if you do not prefer this coloring agent, there are still other options below that you can use.
Canine Dog Dye – This product is a gel-like or liquid coloring that you can buy from pet stores.
Fur Chalk – This is dog-friendly colored chalk that can be applied either directly into the fur or by mixing with water. Some dog owners prefer this coloring agent because it is also the one that is easiest to remove.
Blow Pen or Hair Spray – This one is a bit uncommon coloring method, but another easy way since you just need to blow the fur to color it. Most of the time, this requires the use of stencils.
However, as experts recommended, just color your dog’s fur sporadically.
3. Be wary of your dog’s sensitive body parts. Although there are safe ways in dyeing your dog’s fur, you should not forget those sensitive body parts including the eyes, nose, mouth, and genitals. Because if the dye would be applied in those areas, the health of your dog may be at great risk. Also, do not apply dyes if your dog is wounded.
4. Consult an expert. Just like humans, dogs also have varying skin types. Some may have an allergic reaction while some may not. That is why it is highly recommended for dog owners to consult a veterinarian before dyeing their pet’s fur.
Bottom line

Indeed, dogs with colored fur bring so much cuteness and joy to us. In some instances, people find it therapeutic for them as their cuteness relieves their stress.

But, it is their well-being that should matter the most.

Although there are safe ways in dyeing their fur, if your dog doesn’t like it, then stop. Do not make them more appealing but stress deep inside. After all, dogs are dogs and not an accessory to gain popularity.

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