A new trend in China has people bringing home panda’s and tigers as live in pets. Is this true? No.
The new upper class fad has pet owners dying their canine companions to look like wild animals. From panda’s and tigers, to buffalo and rainbow colored peacocks, these animals are shining in the limelight. It’s almost becoming common to walk down the street, and see someone leading a small chow-chow sized panda along.
Dying pets has always been a factor in the pet pampering department, but dying them completely is a new development in the K9 world. With this year being the Year of the Tiger in accordance to the Chinese calendar, the tiger is, at the moment, the most sought after look.
This trend demonstrates how quickly Asia’s attitude towards pets, dogs in particular, has changed over the years. Just ten years ago dogs were considered a delicacy, and were still eaten in public restaurants, and raised on farms for that sole purpose. But this being said, eating dog is still a common practice in various parts of China and Asia, while in other areas it is viewed as an embarrassing reminder of a poorer time.
Now wealthy owners take their pets into department stores, restaurants, and enter them into dog dying competitions at places such as Pets Show Taipei.
Some vets have warned that by dying their pets they could be potentially damaging the dogs mental and/or physical well being. It is highly emphasized that owners should seek out pet spas that use natural coloring that runs no risk of harming the animal. At the same time, many critics have said that the trend is inhumane, that forcing the dog to undergo hours of dying and grooming is a form of abuse. But with this said, dog owners have stated that the attention their pets receive after these stylish dye jobs has improved their mental well being and confidence.
Expert Dr. Marty Becker says you never want to dye a cat because the dye is very toxic to them.
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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.