Dog Hair Dye Safety Issues Examined

Dog hair dye is gaining in popularity, and it can be a fun way to pamper your dog and get your dog noticed. Some owners also dye their dog's hair to cover the gray.

Safety Tips

To ensure a safe dyeing experience, consider the following:

  • Never use chemical dyes made for humans, which can be toxic to your dog and cause severe allergic reactions.
  • Choose non-toxic, non-chemical vegetable hair dyes made especially for canines and approved by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association. Ask your vet or groomer for recommendations.
  • Consult your groomer for advice in minimizing mess and stress if you use food coloring or powered drink mix to dye your dog's hair.
  • Do not use even non-toxic brands on dogs that have sensitive, irritated, or damaged skin.
  • Do not allow hair dyes to come in contact with your dog's eyes and mouth. Flush any affected areas with water for 15 minutes and consult your vet.
  • Be alert to any adverse reaction, like pain and itching, in your dog. If one occurs, discontinue use and contact your vet.

Phycological Effects

Dogs vary in their response to having their hair dyed. Some dogs welcome the added attention from owners and admirers. Some dogs, however, may not enjoy the process itself. They may want to hide afterward because they notice a difference in how they are being perceived.

If you choose to dye your dog's hair, carefully monitor both the physical and psychological effects on your dog.