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August 31, 2012 at 12:18 PMComments: 0 Faves: 0

Is Pet Fur Dye a Safe Option?

By Bri Luginbill More Blogs by This Author

There's a new trend among the more, um, enthusiastic animal lovers – dying their pet’s hair! Pink, purple, bright blue, magenta – these are just a few of the colors some pets are sporting. Many celebrities are following the trend of dying their pet’s hair, and, given their level of exposure, a debate has been sparked over the safety of the practice.

Owners should be aware that any chemicals in the hair dye will seep into the pet’s skin. So, does that make is possibly for them to be physically harmed by the hair dying process? Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple "yes" or "no."

Some pets may have an allergic reaction to the dye. Other pets could be harmed over time from exposure to chemicals, but there have been no long-term studies to prove this. Also, it has been noted that the event of dying their hair may cause them emotional stress.

There are certain animals should NEVER have their hair dyed due to the potential health risks.

DO NOT dye these pets:

  • gerbils
  • hamsters
  • guinea pigs
  • chinchillas
  • pets with existing health problems

These animals are too small for hair dying – dying their fur can cause them to develop serious health issues. Among these are respiratory infections like pneumonia. 

The bottom line is that it’s better to be safe than sorry. There is still much we do not know about how certain animals react to the chemcials in these dyes. It seems like an unnecessary risk to take just for the odd pleasure of having a pink poodle.


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