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Friday, March 2, 2012

Earrings And Tattoos....On Pets?

Fifteen years of practice and I still see new things.  Today I saw a dog come in with earrings.  Yes, I'm serious.  Real honest-to-goodness earrings in pierced ears.  It was a chihuahua puppy with a piercing and stud in each of its rather large ears.  I was a little taken aback but was professional enough to not show much reaction to the client.  Apparently this is something popular in Columbia, where the client is originally from, and she did the piercing herself.  The dog was healthy and didn't seem to notice the piercings, but I still have to wonder about the whole thing.

A few times over the years I've had clients ask about this as well as tattooing their pets.  And I'm not talking about ID tattoos, but artistic ones.  I've never understood wanting to do such body modifications on pets, though I don't have a problem with people doing such things.  People can choose whether or not they want their ear, tongue, or other body parts pierced, and what kind of image they want permanently etched on their body.  Pets aren't involved in the decision and can't understand why they have to go through the discomfort of these procedures, just because the owners want them to look this way.  And unless you have a very short-haired or hairless dog, the tattoo isn't going to be visible anyway.

Honestly, I'm against any purely cosmetic procedures on pets other than grooming.  Anything invasive that could cause pain or complications shouldn't be done unless there is a valid medical reason to do so.  Now, I don't get bent out of shape if someone has their cat declawed, or a dog's ears cropped, dewclaws removed, or tail docked.  I don't do any of these procedures myself and am overall against them, but I'm not going to come down hard on someone who does it.  If I did, I'd be getting mad at far too many people and maybe after this long as a vet I've realized that those battles aren't worth fighting and that I never win them.  I try to convince people not do to them if they ask my opinion, but once it's done, it's done.

So while I don't like the idea that this woman pierced her dog's ears, I can't do much about it now.  I just hope that it doesn't start a trend!

24 comments:

  1. Piercing is definitely a cultural symbol in Colombia. My family is Colombian - my mother's ears were pierced soon after birth and mine were pierced before I was a year old. While we do those things for people, I can't think of any reason to pierce/tattoo an animal that cannot speak for itself!

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    1. A baby can't speak for itself neither

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    2. I think to some extent it's only humanly natural so to speak? The question is when is it ok or not either for child or dog. I knew by 8yrs I wanted my ears pierced but mom said no,not till I was 18/21 capable to make that decision on my own but my dad wanted to please me so he took me to get my ears pierced on my 8the birthday. How do I feel now,YES! Thank you daddy...I doubt I would have done it at 18/21 given my generation n culture up bringing...but I'm glad I have pierced ears then and now and for every more. It's a right of passage and a good one but not to excessive not more than reasonable

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  2. Is it really so surprising? First came the doggy clothes, the "hair" ribbons, painted nails, doggy perfume - the piercing and tattoos seem like the next (illogical) step for those that are delusional enough to think of dogs as "little furry people" or worse yet - "accessories". Although I really do hope that practice doesn't take off in the U.S. Ugh.

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    1. Thanks everyone for their opinions I really don't want to hurt my chihuahuaby piercing her ears because I think something is cute for me. I'm also one of those that love my puppy n see animals as like u said "little furry ppl". I like that term, it's so true, I do act like that at times. But treating my puppy like a little person reminds me that she has a spirit and should be kindly treated, just at times a still have to remember that she's a dog and not go over board with my human concepts.

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  3. One of my pet peeves is piercing baby's ears. I think it looks trashy. And the people I have seen dong it are not doing it for a cultural reason. That would be diffent.

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  4. There is a site that offers non piercing pet earrings. The site is www.petkidzbling.com

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  5. Glad a Vet gave their OPINION on the matter. My thing is..its not about your opinions...its about whether there is a true health concern for the dog(s) due to any cosmetic type procedure(s).

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    1. THANK YOU! That is precisely what I was looking for when I came across this article. I would surely HOPE that if there was that sort of risk, that the vet would have indicated such. But nothing was said about it. :(

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  6. Actually, there are definitely health concerns, Hevn. Risks of infection, anesthetic risks for procedures such as ear crops, chronic pain issues with declaws, and so on. Then there is the moral issue of forcing someone to undergo pain against their will for no medical benefit. Hevn, yes, it's an opinion, but it's an opinion based on years of medical training and experience.

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    1. So, I guess risk is a little different than concern - well, maybe... Are their veins in a kitten's ears that could be damaged by piercing them? Would pierced ears interfere with the feline's senses? Thanks for your comments - I'd never heard of this until tonight.

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  7. WOW,I can't believe some peoples ideas. I have six guard dogs and would never put them through the torcher of piercing there ears for nothing, it doesn't help them find a mate and they don't look in the mirror thinking about wow I would look good with dangly ear rings all they want and need is to be loved cared for and a good bone every once in a while. THEY ARE NOT ACCESSORIES. My dogs have a job and there good at it while on guard but are also loving playful pets while not set on guard duty. Please take care of your pets they give you unconditional love and am only looking yo please you so PLEASE treat them right with loving respect.

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    1. Of course hard dogs wouldn't need that.. I bet they don't wear clothes either? Do you make them stay in the heat and cold to work with no pay-O'?... I forgot the bone lol how is that love?

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    2. Oh be nice.. Lmao that was funny. "oh the bone" good one. But I see where he is getting at he has a good point but we are all entitled to do what we want plus a baby goes through pain when we pierce their ears but I decided not. To pierce my tea cup because she's tiny n has thin ears I think with the clothes and fancy collars it's as fashionable as it gets. Thanks every one for ur valuable opinions.

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  8. My husband and I have a beautiful princess Maltese. Her name is Lola and by the way she is spoiled rotten. My husband told me that Lola was such a diva that he was going to buy her diamond earrings because that is all that she is missing. I started to google if people actually pierced their dogs ears and came across this blog. The point to my comment is that Lola is not my accessory she is a member of my family and I treat her as such but if I wanted to get her ears pierced then I would get her ears pierced, that's my right! By the way piercing your ears is not TORCHER!!!! That was such a dramatic comment. My point is that just because you wouldn't pierce you dogs ears does not make it right to judge the people that would. Making it seem like they aren't taking good care of their pets or loving their pets. As long as they did the homework on it and made sure it would not cause and serious health issues then that means you are caring for your animal. It's just like a child (which is not an accessory) baby girls get their ears pirced and that doesn't mean the parents don't love them so why would it be any different with your pet!!!!

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    1. I love you!! So Raymond has guard dogs and treats them the way that he would like to. Good for him. I searched and discovered this article because I am thinking of having my dog's ears pierced. No, I have never seen a doggy with them but that's just - so what. I had my son's and daughter's ears pierced when they were young. Mine were pierced by an older sister so if some of the other contributors of this article thought that I gave my permission to have it done they are sorely incorrect. I love my Ella and just as I did not amputate her paw when she broke it and I had to get a loan to have it reset and have a metal plate placed inside ( she is only 2 lbs) I want everything for her. I think that many people don't understand how much some of us love our dogs. Not as accessories but as I children.

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    2. Good point, get it girl. Now I'm confused cause my tea cup is a diva too lol God Will guide me what to do. Thanks for ur words

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  9. Please do tell me the difference of a cow, chicken, pig, goats or horse getting pierced or branded. While others are bold enough to even kill they animals and eat them. But it's wrong to pierce a dog eats that's loved in a home (Not in the Cold/Heat guard dog?? Door bell??) with clothes, eating the best food, being trained, groomed, and always spoiled with attention.thats wrong? Lol
    One thingnincan say about Humans is we are always worried about the wrong things. Why not worry about the homeless stray animals that are eating out of trash cans and getting ran over by cars..?? What about them if you want to worry about another loved pet go worry about a pet who is far from loved. I wish I could post a picture of my pup. She is happy and listen so well. She don't need a piercing and don't have one. I was just wondering cause she always watch me get dolled up after I get her combed an dressed to leave I thought what if. People are to judgmental an it's just a waste of time. Your opinion doesn't matter. Your just speaking of what you would not do as well as criticizing others for doing what you don't agree with. If you want to help someone get these animals off the streets so they don't become speed bumps. And by the way my puppy loves wearing her clothes thank you very much lol. She brings them to me.. Mind your own business that's all.

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  10. I agree ...thinking about getting my precious baby Princess pierced. .she is my baby girl and gets so much attention because she is blinged out. She is so loved and cared for and kisses me repeadly. Well to make long story short. .am I gonna do it or not. Who knows yet

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  11. Wow what did I walk into? Yes I thought thought piercing my dogs ears thank you very much. And that is my own prerogative, as the young lady earlier said earlier if I do my homework; as I'm doing now to see if it's ok for the dog and being healthy or not for him or her. Now a tattoo for any other purpose than ID I feel Is wrong. Firstly you're putting the animal through an enormous amount of pain no reason but your pleasure.

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  12. We had identical twin girls. They were so identical that they were sent home with their names taped to their legs. We obviously couldn't go on like that. I wanted a way to tell them apart in pictures, not just in person (such as constantly painting toenails/fingernails, which isn't really healthy). So, after checking with their pediatrician, we pierced thier ears with different colored earrings. I'm so glad we did. Now, when they ask which one is them in baby pics, I can tell them, instead of saying, I don't know, you didn't have identities as babies. So, before you go judging others, maybe you should just mind your own business. I'm sure you have things in your personal life to work on.

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    1. Tosha, you do realize we're talking about piercing dogs, don't you? This has nothing to do with piercing humans.

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  13. I have a chihuahua Lil bitty girl she's my life I was thinking about putting diamond studs in her ears but after reading some of the comments ...yea she doesn't stand and admire herself in a mirror but she loves her sweaters so no piercing for her she's beautiful the way she is. love Ms Ann and baby girl Ruby

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