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Colouring Your Dog With Dye ?

September 14th, 2010, 10:53 AM
With Halloween up and coming, I've tried to find more information on this and am having some trouble identifying which dyes are safe to use (or if any are). Does anybody have specific experience with this? Obviously, I know that regular dye - for humans - is not acceptable. I'm wondering if any dyes are acceptable? If a dog or cat doesn't mind being dyed (or, conversely, dressed) up, what are your general thoughts on colouring?

September 14th, 2010, 10:56 AM
My thought is it is just as easy to put a costume on the poor dog or cat and leave it at that. Why risk harming them with any kind of dye when you have something that simple at hand? Just my :2cents:

September 14th, 2010, 11:24 AM
I agree with 14+K 100% but....

If you insist on doing so, I would test on a human first and see if they rash, have skin problems or allergies to the dye and also if it comes off easily or at all. Also, have them ingest it to see if there is any adverse effects. Also, leave on too see if there will be any skin peeling or hair loss in clumps.

Good luck and I would love to hear the 'human' results before administering to an animal.

September 14th, 2010, 11:50 AM
I would just put a costume on your dog/cat :2cents:
there's some really cute costumes out there these days this way you can save it for next year :thumbs up

but if you have to use a dye then I would contact a groomer and see what she can recommend. :shrug:

September 14th, 2010, 04:54 PM
I also agree that you should just put a costume on your pet. I know it is a big fad to dye them nowadays, especially in China, but I just don't agree with it. If you feel you absolutely must dye your pet please have it done by a groomer and make sure that only safe dyes are used.

September 14th, 2010, 06:02 PM
I agree as well, costumes are just as cute. But if you really feel the need to dye them and you are looking for the "funkier" colors, kool-aid works well and is safe, but takes a very long time to wear out. I have a friend who dyes his cats every year.

September 14th, 2010, 06:08 PM
Here are a couple of links:'s-Hair-with-Kool-Aid

September 14th, 2010, 06:18 PM
what about food colouring? that should be safe?

September 14th, 2010, 06:28 PM
what about food colouring? that should be safe?

Vegetable based food coloring is safe according to what I have read.

September 14th, 2010, 08:49 PM
Manic Panic is a hair dye that is natrual and vegetable based that some grromers use, and I have usd before. It's a very strong bold colour and does wash out. It is expensive (like $20 for one bottle) Just remember that any dye you put on your pet will be semi permanent and it is a bit late in the season to shave them down to get the dye out, and it would take alot of washing to get out which can damage the fur.