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Dyeing dogs in China - the latest fad

People who adore animals often dream about owning super-cute creatures, but some Chinese citizens may be letting their imagination get the best of them.

According to, scores of pet owners have been dying their dogs to look like pandas. The trend has even extended to other animals, including tigers and Haibo, the mascot of the Shanghai World Expo.

"I think he loves it," Li Changxian told the news source about her newly-colored dog. "Since he's been dyed, he gets lots of love and attention."

However, turning a pet's fur into a permanent costume may not be ideal for the animal. In fact, Mary Peng, who runs the International Center for Veterinary Services in Beijing, advises people to tread with caution.

"Sometimes these dyes can be fatal for pets," Peng told the news outlet. "Most of this industry, especially hair dyes and coloring for pets, is so new that there might not be a lot of regulation."

While Americans may want to dye their dog's fur for fun occasions, such as Halloween, pet owners are advised to stick with a doggie costume instead.ADNFCR-2796-ID-19933978-ADNFCR
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