Creative Grooming: Is Bling Safe?

by Maggie Marton July 12, 2016

Creative Grooming: Is Bling Safe?

The biggest grooming trend since the pawdicure, expressions-style grooming lets your dog’s personality sparkle… sometimes literally! But is it safe? Here's what you need to know about sprays, dyes, feathers, and more.

Products Made for Pets

Whether it’s coordinated purple streaks or rhinestone applications for hair and nails, there are endless possibilities to match your look to your dog’s. However, never use your products on her—most are way too harsh for pups. Instead, find dog-approved products that will keep her looking fresh without irritating her skin.

Non-Toxic All the Way

Even when you’re buying pet-specific styling products, not all are created the same. Make sure to find products labeled non-toxic, especially with spray-on color and fur dye, and keep it out of her (and your) mouth and eyes.

Squee-Worthy Applications

Bedazzle your dog with shimmery rhinestones. Use a pet-safe, non-toxic, pain-free glue (we like Bling It On! Glue Tubes) to affix any light-weight sparkles. Not feeling the glue application? Try feather fur extensions. Bonus: You can match feather extensions with your pup by weaving one into your own hair! Watch for any loose applications, though; you don’t want your pup swallowing a rhinestone!

Comfort Over Style

We’re all guilty of it: squeezing into a pair of too-tight shoes because they are so perfect. Totally acceptable and totally our choice. Since your dog isn’t able to make her own choices, it’s up to you to make sure she’s comfortable. If she hates bedazzles, stick with sprays. If feathers bother her, try dye for her tail. There are so many options for fashion-forward grooming, it’s super simple to style your pup in comfort.

Whether you DIY or go pro, show off your style with fashion-forward styling! Just keep the products safe to keep it fun!

Maggie Marton is a freelance writer based in Indianapolis. When not hiking with her two pit mixes, Emmett and Cooper, or playing with Newt the Cat, Maggie writes about them (and the pet industry) at and

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