4 "Cool" Trends That Are Dangerous To Your Dog Or Cat

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4 "Cool" Trends That Are Dangerous To Your Dog Or Cat

I don’t know about you, but I get really perturbed when I read about the hottest “trends” for pets, only to find out after a bit of research, that they’re actually very dangerous and often deadly. What is wrong with people? I’m sorry if I upset some readers, but this kind of behavior must end. The domestic dog is an animal "Canis lupus familiaris" to be exact. They are not human and shouldn’t be treated as such—think before you act, it may save your pet's life.

  • Harmful Hair Buns

4 "Cool" Trends That Are Dangerous To Your Dog Or Cat

I'm sure you’ve seen the pictures of dogs with their owners, both sporting a hair bun. This trend has a dog’s hair gathered into a bun on top of its head. Or, if there is not enough hair, the dog’s ears are pinned up with a rubber band to look like a bun. Ears have many purposes that include protection, balance and communication, but none of this can occur when the ears are pulled up into a bun.   I’m sorry…but it’s ridiculous that because you have a hipster "man bun" that you want your dog to follow suit.

Insult to Injury Hair buns can damage the ear, causing circulation problems that can cut off the blood supply to the top of the ear. The ear can die if this happens and your dog will need immediate surgery.   “It can damage the ear,” said Dr. Lula Vihos from Toronto’s Downtown Animal Hospital. “It can cause open wounds, cuts, which then risk the chance of being infected, and there are a lot of things that can go wrong with that depending on how soon you treat it.”
  • The Fake Service Dog

4 "Cool" Trends That Are Dangerous To Your Dog Or Cat

Lying about the status of your dog is a crime and an insult to the people that need and use service dogs daily. Service dogs go through a rigorous training program in order to assist people with disabilities in their daily life. Unfortunately, there are many unethical trainers and organizations that will “certify” for a price. They really don’t care about the reason. Often people obtain fake certificates for hotel and air discounts because it’s incredibly easy to buy a harness and tag online. One site I went to claimed registration is conducted under the “honor” system only. Insult to Injury California-based Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs for people with disabilities, says "service dog fraud" is making it more and more difficult for genuine owners to be taken seriously. A serious side effect of the influx of this trend is dog fights in all the wrong places. When dogs are not properly trained and they solicit another dog to play or fight it causes a lot of difficulty for the disabled person trying to manage the disruption toward their service dog.

  • Painful Tattoos and Piercings

4 "Cool" Trends That Are Dangerous To Your Dog Or Cat

Although it is not illegal to tattoo a dog, the ASPCA condemns the practice for anything other than identification purposes. "Tattooing an animal for the vain sake of joy and entertainment of the owner without any regard for the well-being of the animal… is not something the ASPCA supports, a spokesman for the group told the New York Post.” Currently there are numerous states that have banned this practice with the exception for medical and identification purposes. Insult to Injury There are many health concerns surrounding tattooing, including risk of infection, blood borne diseases, difficulty with anesthesia and intense itching and pain. Not all tattoos have been performed using anesthetic and the poor pet has to endure pain for hours.

  • Horrific Hair Color

  4 "Cool" Trends That Are Dangerous To Your Dog Or Cat

Dog | Cat hair dye is popular, especially around the holidays. Sure, it can be a fun way to pamper your pet and get your pet noticed. Honestly, some owners dye their dog’s hair to cover up the gray! There are many people that use human hair dye on their pet, but these products are designed only for people. If you must dye your pet’s hair make sure you consult your groomer and purchase a product specifically made for pets. One such product is PetPaint. Interesting, I couldn’t find any information about their ingredients on their web site.   PetPaint states their products are Vet approved and tested on dogs. I think it’s only fair to share that all veterinarians do not support this trend. The underlying thought is that this process changes how the dog will smell and look to other animals, and consequently how they interact with one another. Insult to Injury Dye is a harsh chemical that can cause burning, itching and skin irritation. Some pets have actually licked the dye, which is very toxic, and an emergency situation. Many dogs have allergic reactions to the chemicals and suffer upper respiratory and breathing problems from the chemicals. There are many trends that occur in the pet industry which is natural for any industry. But, when a trend is harmful, painful and potentially life threatening it's up to us to be responsible pet owners. Do your homework, if you want to express yourself, do it on yourself, leave your pet alone. Better yet, buy your dog or cat a cute bow tie, a new scarf or a pretty little flower necklace. 4 trends that are dangerous to your cat or dog        


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  • I only recently came across the “hair buns” and I was appalled. I’m sure that isn’t comfortable and can have serious damage. Thanks for reminding people that trendy should never be potentially harmful!

    Beth | Daily Dog Tag on
  • I have heard of feral cats being tattooed along the scar when they are fixed.

    Another dangerous trend: Vegan cats. Cats cannot produce taurine, and without that protein, they will go blind.

    Aimable Cats on
  • Good day! Would you mind if I share your blog with my myspace group? There’s a lot of folks that I think would really appreciate your content. Please let me know. Thank you

    Oretha Eliot on
  • Thanks Beth, I don’t know why people feel a need to jump on these trends that are harmful to our pets. It’s so frustrating!

    Maureen Lake on
  • Oh… Thanks for the info. I didn’t stop to think about Vegan cats. That is so interesting and sad. As much as I love and adore my dogs I do realize they are different from humans. It seems like some people forget about that.

    Maureen Lake on

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