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Pets With Tattoos? A New (Crazy) Trend

By cecilyk |

Artist Wim Delvoye tattoos a pig. Image Credit:

I really wish I was joking about this post, but… no. Apparently, a new trend is getting tattoos put on your pets, particularly any pet that is hairless. In Russia, the hairless Sphinx is the most frequent tattoo victim. Yes, I said victim.

I love tattoos. I have a ton of them myself. But I also have the nifty gift of being able to give “informed consent” which, you know, pets can’t do. So I don’t approve.

Also, I have some actual experience tattooing pets. As a vet tech in the 1980s before the microchip was invented for identifying pets, it wasn’t uncommon to tattoo pets with an identification number, often on their inner ear or bellies while they were under anesthesia for another procedure such as spaying or neutering. But we never, ever agreed to put animals under just for a tattoo.

I guess I should be grateful they usually put the animals under, right?

There’s no reason, frankly, to force an animal to undergo lengthy times under anesthesia – because of course, the longer they are under the greater the risk – just for a cosmetic procedure that the owners like. That includes breed-specific tattooing to address issues with appearance (see slide show below).

In my opinion. What do you say? Would you ink up your pet? Click through for photos.

Note: some of the images may be photoshopped. Very hard to verify.


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Pets With Tattoos? A New (crazy) Trend

Cosmetic Tattoos

This poor Dalmatian dog had a pink nose, which is a failure in the breed standard. So he got his wittle nose tattooed. OUCH.

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27 thoughts on “Pets With Tattoos? A New (Crazy) Trend

  1. Andrew Kardon says:

    This is animal abuse, plain and simple. There is zero health reasons or benefits for this and the animal has no say in the matter. If humans want to tattoo their own bodies, go for it. Do whatever you want. Just don’t force innocent animals to join in on it.

  2. Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) says:

    Ugh. I can’t imagine why anyone would do this to a pet other than for identification purposes like you mentioned. So sad.

  3. Sarah Hughes says:

    Oh I hate this…it’s just as bad as when they neuter dogs and implant testicles!!

  4. bwsf says:

    Dumbest idea ever. WTH is wrong with people.

  5. casey says:

    This is just cruel. I can see an id number/or small mark for identification purposes but this is just mean.

  6. Kristin @kdwald says:

    Awful. The people who do this should all get Spongebob tattoos on their foreheads.

  7. Angela says:

    Pretty upset over this. I have multiple tattoos & piercings, but would never put my dog or cat through that. So sad. Wish I had a farm, I would adopt them all so they wouldn’t be put through that again.

  8. Jesy says:

    This is just wrong.. even if its identification you can make sure they are microchip or collared.. not tattooing.. that’s abuse in my book.. they don’t have a choice, unlike humans.. we can chose to get one or not, but to sedate your pet just to tattoo them.. so wrong.. so wrong..

  9. Shannon Sharp says:

    WTF? Why would anyone one do this ? It’s so wrong ! I am so sicken by this. Animal Abuse has so many different faces, but this is definitely one of the uglier
    ones ! Those poor animals.

  10. annie bode says:

    Animal abuse. The owners are despicable heartless and shallow. They should hang their heads in shame. Sickening.

  11. sandra tafoya says:

    hay i know you stupied why dont you get your pet high on dope or slam it with a hit of haroin i just dont understand this is just sick and any person that does this to a pet should be arrested its like tattooing a baby and yes in some countrys thay may do it to a child but if you live like that go live there

    ny on

  12. Kiki says:

    I can’t believe this is legal. Subjecting animals to this kind of pain makes me literally sick to my stomach. Humankind can be SO idiotic, it amazes me we haven’t already managed to wipe ourselves off the face of the earth!

  13. Lindy Giles says:

    As someone who has actually seen animal cruelty I can say that this isn’t cruel, stupid and impractical yes but not cruel. The animals appear to be well fed and clean un-abused and generally happy and healthy.

  14. Jessica says:

    Absolutely sickening…. Whoever thinks doing this is awesome, is a jerk in every way possible.

  15. Linda says:

    There is enough animal abuse already in this world! This is shameful and sinful and should be outlawed and the owners responsible prosecuted to the full extent of the law! It IS cruel. And abusive.

  16. Victoria says:

    Are these people out of their fricking minds. It hurts when humans get a tattoo, why would you subject your pet to this? Round all these idiots up and shoot theM

  17. Michelle says:

    I think this is wrong. THough I’d not object to a small one done when an animal is under for another procedure (eg desexing) as it could be a valuable added identifcation method should a pet go missing or be stolen (yes microshpping is fine but there are a number of different ones around and people who genuinely want to find a found pets owner sometimes can’t because it depends what type of scan unit they have on hand) and microchipping does nothing to help pets that are stolen unless the thief gets caught or has some reason for the dog to be scanned

  18. Michelle says:

    Animal cruelty, plain & simple! They should be prosecuted & not allowed to ever own or have anything to do w/animals ever again!

  19. debbie says:

    i do think the tats on the cats are pretty cool looking,but i do agree with everyone else i dont think it is right and i would call it abuse to animals.

  20. Janet Brooks says:

    This is revolting; pets don’t understand why they are being cut by needles and it hurts. How cruel!

  21. Lacey says:

    This is ignorant, yes, but the animal isn’t in pain because it is asleep.
    So no, not abuse, just stupid. Abuse would be strapping the animal down and doing the tattoo while they are awake.

  22. larry says:

    you are just wronge for tats on cats , pigs , dogs ect

  23. Betty dOWDEN says:


  24. Jayne says:

    Totally sickening and abusive!! How can anybody put an animal through this? There are dangers in just putting an animal under. Why would anyone risk that for a stupid tattoo? My big question though, is WHO is doing the tattooing and putting these animals under? I sure hope vets are taking part in this practice.

  25. Stephanie says:

    They just HAD to ?
    NO NO NO! Please don’t do this !
    To you sure do all you want but not to animals!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  26. Carter says:

    If I EVER see this being done in person, I will report the owner for animal cruelty. NO animnal will willingly sit there and allow itself to be given a tattoo.

  27. sue says:

    all fine and good – but the it’s not the dogs fault that someone didn’t breed the standard. People are funny – they react to animals that have flaws and sometimes don’t want to make of them because of it. I have a Boston Terrier with pink on his nostrils and someone is always saying he has snot and shying away from him. Should I or not?? probably won’t but It would solve the problem.

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