Tuesday, November 8, 2011

728. Scupturing dogs with veggie dyes and making them look like pandas etc - animal cruelty?

MY REPLY TO COMMENTS ON DOG DYED TO LOOK LIKE PANDAS AND OTHER ANIMALS

Thank you for your email. I have not seen one client Toa Payoh Vets with coloured/dyed dogs from 1982 to 2011. It is surprising.

If I do, I will advise the owner to check whether the dye is carcinogenic, allergic or toxic to the dog when licked and in the long term.

Nowadays, what is deemed animal cruelty in subjecting a dog to being dyed to one person is not cruel to another. As long as the quality of life of the pet is good and the pet is healthy despite "vegetable-dyed", I am not against this practice which you may consider cruel.

Older men and women dye their white or grey hairs to look younger. Young people dye their hair to look different. Such hair dyes may have long term toxic effects on the kidneys and livers as they are used for a long time to maintain youthfulness esp. in older people. This is my opinion that is not supported by scientific evidence, if any.

But most people don't bother about the safety aspects and that is why so many "herbal" and "nutritional/vitamin" pills with possible harmful effects to the liver and kidneys have great sales.

I hope my reply is satisfactory to you.

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