Greta Gerwig's Barbie is arguably the most talked about release of the year. Opening in theatres across the country on 7/21, the film stars Margot Robbie and Ryan Gossling in a live-action reimagining of Matel's classic children's doll.
After catching the latest movie trailer - and yes, it's as nostalgic as you've heard - I found myself enchanted by the vibrant, bubblegum pink hue that is synonymous with this cultural phenomenon.
In fact, there's a rumor that the set used so many cans of paint that they actually caused a world-wide shortage of the shade.
That's where pets come in. Of course, pet-friendly dye jobs have been around for as long as the internet has existed - sparking intrigue and controversy every few years as they circulate on social. Take for instance the woman who dyed her dog bright green to resemble the Grinch - and who delt with her fair share of backlash because of it.
It's true, adding a dash of color to our furry friends can be visually enchanting. But as pet guardians, it's essential we prioritize their well-being over any fleeting trend.
So what's the truth - is it safe to dye my dog bright Barbie pink?
Is hair dye safe for pets?
I know the idea of your furry friend rocking the same vibrant hues as your latest Y2K aesthetic might sound like the cutest thing ever, but let's put on our serious caps for a minute. Is it actually safe to dye your pet's fur? Well, that answer isn't as clear cut as we might like.
Firstly, let's get one thing straight - anything we put on our pet's skin has the potential to get absorbed into their system. So, if we're talking about regular hair dye meant for humans, then it's a hard no. Those products can contain harmful chemicals that might lead to some serious health problems for your little bud.
The only safe way to do this is by using non-toxic, pet-safe dyes, which are specially made to be pH balanced for pets.
Hill's Pet recommends beet juice in particular for a much safer, pink hue alternative. Just remember, it's unethical to bleach a dog with dark fur, so beet juice will likely only take well to a white or light-colored coat.
As always, consider consulting with a professional groomer before embarking on your DIY pet-dyeing adventure.
Do dogs like getting their fur dyed?
Now, there are pet-friendly dyes on the market that are typically considered safer, as they're non-toxic and made from food-grade ingredients. That said, just because they're non-toxic doesn't mean they're entirely risk-free.
Each pet is an individual, and reactions can vary. Some may experience allergic reactions, and skin irritation is not uncommon.
Moreover, dyeing your pet's fur is not a one-and-done deal. It's a process. And if you're not careful, it can be a stressful one, causing unnecessary anxiety for your soulful sidekick. Plus, let's not forget the upkeep.
Depending on the color and your pet's natural fur, that vibrant hue might require regular touch-ups to keep it looking fresh.
So, before you go ahead and turn your dog or cat into a walking piece of pop art, consider their comfort and wellbeing. And hey, always, always do a patch test first if you decide to go down this route.
Because, at the end of the day, the last thing we want is to make our pets uncomfortable, right?
Is it true that dyeing your pet is illegal in some states?
In a handful of states, they've laid down the law and said "no way" to dyeing pets. Specifically, Maine, Colorado, South Carolina, and Florida.
In Maine and Colorado, they're particularly firm about it, having specific laws against dyeing animals for show or sale. The legislation isn't just about being a buzzkill; it's designed to prioritize pet health and prevent unnecessary harm to animals.
The bottom line? If you're in one of these states, it’s a hard pass on the pet dye. And even if you're elsewhere, always check your local laws first before diving into a dye job for your pet.
Come on Barbie, let's go party
At a deeper level, we believe pets everywhere deserve to be protected and respected. Which means putting their welfare above our desire to jump on the latest trends. But, pet parents are a creative bunch, which means there are always alternative ways to join in on the fun.
If you're keen to try a Barbie movie-inspired look but aren't comfortable with dyeing your pet's fur, don't fret! There are countless other ways you can add a touch of pink to your pet without any potential harm.
For instance, consider a pink bandana or collar - simple, safe, and stylish. We love the bright pink collar from Zeedog that will also help you see your pet from a mile away.
Even more on-theme, we recommend you shop the Barbie x Canada Pooch collection - they have bandanas, bucket hats, and more!
You can also make reference to the nostalgic brand with a Barbie-themed pet tag from EmandMeStudio on Etsy.
And If your pet enjoys being pampered, you could even try pet-safe, non-toxic pink nail polish. Just ensure the polish is specially designed for pets and doesn't contain harmful chemicals.
At the end of the day, while it's fun to incorporate our dogs and cats into the latest trends, we must ensure their comfort and safety aren't compromised. So, whatever you decide, remember to keep your pet's happiness at the heart of it all.
They might not understand the concept of Instagram likes, but they certainly understand the feeling of being loved and well-cared for. And isn't that a trend we - and Barbie - can all get behind?
Lizz Caputo is the Manager of Content Strategy at Figo, animal enthusiast, and owner of a rescued senior American Bully. Her hobbies include checking out new restaurants in her area, boxing, and petting dogs of all shapes and sizes.