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Beauty Salons for Dogs: Cute or Wasteful?

Living 2011/04/20 11:00:00
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Many dog owners like to get their pooch groomed once in a while. But do treatments like fur-coloring and toenail painting go too far?

Lee Evans, 59, of Ohio gave her poodle mix Isabella a purple mohawk.

"She actually likes it because she gets more attention," Evans told The Associated Press.



In Ohio, doggy salons have begun offering facial scrubs, mud treatments for flaking skin, toenail painting, hot-oil massages, fur dying and even aromatherapy to reduce stress, the AP reports.

But the trend goes beyond Ohio. Haircare product maker Paul Mitchell has a line of dog shampoos and conditioners made with oatmeal and tea-tree extracts. And this year, pet owners will spend $3.65 billion on grooming and boarding -- up from $3.51 billion in 2010, the American Pet Products Association estimates.

"It's a fashion statement," Brittani Sell, manager of the Animal Hospital of Polaris, told the AP.

Yes, it is, but should it be? And is taking your dog to the salon a total waste of money, not to mention ridiculous?

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  • Nudenz 2011/04/21 03:32:21
    Wasteful
    Nudenz
    +4
    That should be considered animal cruelty.
  • Anna Nudenz 2011/04/21 05:20:45
    Anna
    Not the nail part!! And it depends on what the dye is
  • Shelly Nudenz 2011/04/21 13:13:13
    Shelly
    +2
    And dishonor to animals
  • baindur Nudenz 2011/04/21 13:32:08
    baindur
    Yeah! where the fuk is PETA now??
  • Seeker of Truth - War Wizard 2011/04/21 03:16:24
    Wasteful
    Seeker of Truth - War Wizard
    +1
    That dog just looks stupid...
  • Anna Seeker ... 2011/04/21 05:21:19
    Anna
    Whatever. I live in Ohio and I might know her actually.
  • Crewshal 2011/04/21 03:04:16
    Wasteful
    Crewshal
    +2
    Wastefull and sick
  • Just Jenn for Now 2011/04/21 02:52:17
    Wasteful
    Just Jenn for Now
    +2
    Dogs are naturally beautiful!! If I wanted to spruce up my dog just for laughs, I could do it myself! Just give me some kool-aid packets, a comb, maybe a little honey (to substitute hair gel, which CANNOT be good for dogs I'm sure), and I could give my dog a mohawk and save loads more money than going to a salon! Just give them a bath when you're done dressing them up.
  • Anna Just Je... 2011/04/21 05:21:58
    Anna
    That's almost what I thought.
  • Leslie 2011/04/21 02:49:15
    Cute
    Leslie
    +2
    To an extent. I've heard from many different sources that fur-coloring can be harmful to a dog so I don't and usually advise others not to do it to their dogs.

    But when it's something small like painting their nails (there is special dog nail polish for them) or using special shampoos and stuff that might actually help their coat and skin and feel nice for them I think it's fine. I see these things as silly so I won't be taking a dog to a doggy salon anytime soon but I can see the appeal of it for a few pet owners. And hey, isn't it good for the economy? :p
  • baindur Leslie 2011/04/21 13:34:33
    baindur
    All the carcinogenic cosmetics are being converted to animal spa products...Just poison your pet anyway. I guess you can always get another one when this dies.
  • SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPengu... 2011/04/21 02:15:35
    Wasteful
    SebaTheSociallyAwkwardPenguin 平和
    +2
    as much as i love animals, and trying to give them, the most i can, some people go WAY over the top, for stupid little things that are basically killing the animal.
  • Theresa 2011/04/21 02:15:14
    Wasteful
    Theresa
    +3
    wasteful..and we are in a recession?
  • Nuke Theresa 2011/04/21 05:43:49
    Nuke
    +1
    I said the same thing! lol 0.0
  • Just Je... Theresa 2011/04/21 06:14:16
    Just Jenn for Now
    +1
    One could argue that it "creates jobs", but that's a bunch of baloney. It's a way to get money for the stylists, but it's a complete waste for everyone else and their poor pooches. As I said, I can groom a dog on my own for less than half the price of what salons would probably charge.

    I suppose the only thing I can think this would be a good cause for is people who are elderly and/or disabled with pets and can't give them a proper bath on their own. But nail polish? Hair styling? Fur dying? Accessorizing? Cute, but very unnecessary.
    Dolling your dog up can easily be a DIY project for anyone honestly. I can see it as a hobby, but not a business.
  • Brosia 2011/04/21 02:06:02
    Wasteful
    Brosia
    +1
    So many better things to spend money on.
  • the gray plumber 2011/04/21 01:50:42
    Wasteful
    the gray plumber
    +2
    and a burden on the pet
  • lobe110 2011/04/21 01:35:54
  • TooSweet 2011/04/21 01:19:17
    Cute
    TooSweet
    +2
    But I bet they couldn't fix this MUTT bet fix mutt rosie o donnell
  • Danny T... TooSweet 2011/05/03 15:55:22
    Danny Troxel
    +1
    I know that ain't Rosie the Riveter.
  • Akes88 2011/04/21 01:18:26
    Wasteful
    Akes88
    +1
    besides the treatments for flaky skin, this is a waste. and if ur dog's stressed, it's probs something in ur day to day life that shld change, not aromatherapy.
  • Tammy 2011/04/21 01:03:57
    Cute
    Tammy
    +2
    Ok, so I personally don't believe I would ever take an animal to a beauty salon... and my first thought on this was WASTEFUL... However, that being said... let's not forget we live in the the United States of America... Free-Enterprise... Where anyone with an idea that sells can become financially successful. Ridiculous as a Beauty Salon for dogs my sound or even be... it's still something that sells.

    Besides, if you're going to call Beauty Salons for dogs wasteful... then you would have to include thousands upon thousands of other businesses all across the world. the term "Wasteful" is relative to what you mean by it... Does it fulfill a need? Not really... but it is something millions of american's enjoy doing with their pets... absolutely. Are other establishments that offer entertainment or enjoyment to it's consumers "wasteful"? Perhaps, but I wouldn't want to live in a country that only approved of businesses that filled our needs... How boring would that be!?
  • PS 2011/04/21 00:56:29
    Wasteful
    PS
    +3
    The animals don't like it. It's just an indulgence for the owner. Legally, I may own my dog-but personally, she's more of a best friend. I would never put her through such humiliation.
  • Akes88 PS 2011/04/21 01:17:15
    Akes88
    +1
    so tru. would u ever let ur best friend walk around with a purple mohawk? no. b/c ur a decent human being. at least give the dog a legit grooming.
  • Lovelybadone 2011/04/21 00:45:36 (edited)
    Wasteful
    Lovelybadone
    +1
    My alpaca barbar shop however.....lol
  • GoodEncounter 2011/04/21 00:26:12
    Cute
    GoodEncounter
    +3
    If it's not an entitlement why should anyone care-People can spend their money where they choose.
  • POETRY 2011/04/21 00:19:41
    Wasteful
    POETRY
    +4
    I can NOT stand people who dress, paint, or fluff their pets!!! If i were a an animal I would destroy my owners face for such a crulety!!! people dress paint fluff pets animal destroy owners crulety Angry Pets
  • Anna POETRY 2011/04/21 05:26:45
    Anna
    What's this picture of anyway??
  • POETRY Anna 2011/04/21 15:44:53
    POETRY
    A pissed off cat in Kitty clothes
  • Anna POETRY 2011/04/21 19:31:01
    Anna
    The back feet are too big to say the least
  • Stan POETRY 2011/04/21 08:01:22
    Stan
    +1
    lol That's pretty cute!
  • Zozo POETRY 2011/04/21 19:04:23
  • ThePumpkinator 2011/04/21 00:17:52
    Wasteful
    ThePumpkinator
    +1
    After I heard about the thousand-dollar swimsuit that you couldn't get wet, I thought it couldn't get any crazier, but no.
  • Danny T... ThePump... 2011/04/21 23:27:16
    Danny Troxel
    I heard about a swimsuit you couldn't even put on!
  • ThePump... Danny T... 2011/04/21 23:37:54
    ThePumpkinator
    What is the world coming to??
  • Danny T... ThePump... 2011/05/03 16:08:09
    Danny Troxel
    Waterless swimming pools.
  • ThePump... Danny T... 2011/05/06 17:48:20
    ThePumpkinator
    LOL :D Or cars without steering wheels.
  • Danny T... ThePump... 2011/05/10 01:59:54
    Danny Troxel
    I had one actually.I was doing ninety and it came off! I'm lucky to be here!
  • ThePump... Danny T... 2011/05/12 00:37:15
    ThePumpkinator
    Whoa.. You definitely are.
  • Darling of Ville 2011/04/21 00:12:26
    Wasteful
    Darling of Ville
    +5
    I don't think this is showing respect for the animal and the way they are naturally. You're choosing for the dog how he/she should look because you think its cute or fun? That's ridiculous. Animals are not play toys for humans.

    If it wasn't for the fact that most of this would be painless to the dog, I would equate this with a pet owner who declaws and/or debarks or bark softens.

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