Dyeing Your Dog: Do or Don't?
"I wanted my beagle painted like a zebra before he got married," says extreme pet owner Sarah to Anderson.
"I don’t even know where to begin with that sentence," replies Anderson.
Dog Creative Stylist Anais Hayden and Dog Spa Owner Sarah Segal joined Anderson with their dyed dogs, Swinger, Casino and Phoenix.
The animal lovers say the vegan dyes are safe, and are a popular request at dog spas, and that the dogs love the attention they get from being dyed.
Dr. Marty Becker, known as "America's Veterinarian," and author of "Your Dog: The Owner's Manual," says that philosophically he has no problem with it, however, it is illegal in a number of states.
Dr. Becker does warn never use a human dye, as they are not meant to be ingested. Also, he says, "You never want to dye a cat because there are things that are very toxic to cats," because they groom themselves all over.
If you want to dye your dog, says the veterinarian, use a food coloring. He assures these have been approved by ASPCA (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals).
Not only have Anais and Sarah dyed their dogs, but they've also painted their dogs' nails. Anais says that she used Dog Nail Polish Pens from Warren London because "they work excellent, they dry fast and show up very vividly."