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Would you pierce your dog or cats ear?

Updated on February 9, 2010

Safety vs Style for your pet!

O.K., I know what your thinking, who would possibly pierce their animals ear? You might be surprised as to how many people are doing this around the world. Listed below are some facts and stories of people piercing their cats and dogs ears.

Many people has been dressing their little critters up with cute outfits, sweaters, collars, hair styles, and even painting their nails. Now, people have moved to the next step, "Animal Piercing."

Could it be called the "Bling" for pet owners?

Is this a form of style or animal cruelty?


Did you know there is a Boutique pet store in Bossier City, Louisiana called the "Critter Company" that has been established since 1994. It is well-known for pioneering pet care and $25.00 ear piercings for dogs and the price includes a pair of earrings.

When employees of this establishment was interviewed they made following comments;

  • "There was one lady who came in and had a pit bull puppy and she wanted a dog piercing done in only one ear because the dog was a boy. She wanted some "bling" for her dog."
  • This company gets quite a few doggie clients who, come in specifically to get their dogs ears pierced.
  • "We've gotten a lot of dogs so far,"
  • "They're mostly Yorkies and Chihuahuas,"
  • When asked if the piercings caused the dogs any pain, they stated the following; Apparently not, though the groomers who do the piercings at Critter Company do use a numbing cream first and according to Lisa: "The dogs don't even whimper."
  • Ear piercings are better suited for smaller, indoor dogs rather than bigger, more boisterous dogs.

  • "It's not feasible for outside dogs who are scratching their ears all the time,"
  • When the question was asked,"Is it ethical to pierce a dog's ears?
    The statement was, "Young babies have their ears pierced by their parents. Since the babies are unable to talk yet, they are not able to give their consent to having their own ears pierced. It is the same with puppies and dogs too."
  • Ear piercing, whether it is your own ears, your baby's ears or your dog's ears, is deemed to be a cosmetic procedure.
  • The final statement from this employee of "Critters Company", "Similar to having your dog's nails painted, ear piercings for dogs is more about 'keeping up with Jones'. Current styles and trends in human fashion accessories reflect greatly on pet fashion accessories too."

This info was taken from an interview on petwellbeing blog.


A poll was taken by and only 3% out of 800 people agreed that it should be allowed by pet owners to pierce their pets ear. 96% did not approve of this behavior, and 2% had no opinion. Please, let me know what your opinion is relating to allowing pet owners to be able to pierce their pets ears....


A company called "Bow Wow Bling" sells dog "earring bling" which is glued onto the dogs ear. These earrings are made from Swarovski Crystallized Elements. You do not have to actually pierce the dogs ear, you glue it on with a pet-safe, non-toxic glue, called 'Bling It On!'

Here is the actual statement this company gives for applying the product; "The glue dries quickly and is quite easy to remove using a few drops of baby oil, or you can leave them to fall off on their own in about three weeks. The Earring Bling earrings are reusable and come in a pack of 4 different colors, Red, Purple, Pink and Diamond."

Also; "Dogs with earrings, whether pierced or glued on, will certainly be the center of attention at all of your holiday parties!"

What do you think?


Magnetic earrings can be purchased to use for dog earrings.


I found an article on from "WILKES-BARRE, PA", posted on Feb. 4, 2010. It stated the following;

" A northeastern Pennsylvania woman who marketed "gothic kittens" with ear and neck piercings over the Internet has been convicted of animal cruelty.

A Luzerne County jury on Wednesday convicted 35-year-old dog groomer Holly Crawford of one misdemeanor count and one summary count of animal cruelty, but acquitted her of two separate counts. She will be sentenced March 31.

Crawford was charged in December 2008 after animal welfare officers took several kittens and a cat from her home. Deputy District Attorney David Pedri told jurors that Crawford inflicted pain upon three black kittens because, he alleged, "she thought it was neat" to sell gothic kittens on the Internet.

Defense attorneys argued that parents allow children to get pierced ears at young ages, and it would be wrong to hold cat owners to a higher standard. " []"

I hope these facts was interesting and please feel free to express your opinions and thoughts regarding animal piercing.

Interesting Fact:

There is a "The National Dog Tattoo Register - NDTR" which is a service that offers a permanent and visible means of identifying your pet to others. The tattoo is applied within seconds, and requires no anesthetic or sedation.


"Do not make the mistake of treating your dogs like humans or they will treat you like dogs." M.Scott

Always, seek counsel from your vet before making these type of decisions for your pet!

Thanks for viewing my HUB!

Michael Gladden



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      Ethan LaVentuure 2 years ago

      Taking a trip to Louisiana

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      bocrossway 5 years ago my work for the aspca don't you? potentially dangerous procedure? omg....silly silly silly. you don't like the piercing of animals ears and its ok to just say you don't like it, no need to act like an old biddy....there is no cruelty in piercing an ear on animal or human. to all, it is good to see the different opinions but as i read through the comments, i noticed the anger and obsurdities of the nay sayers and the rational expressing of the yeah sayers. there is a very logical and legit difference between animal cruelty and simple ear piercing. it is such a shame the old biddy- busy body- bored in life- trouble makers make problems were problems don't need to be made. but atleast they have purpose as apposed to having no life at all, if they arent interferring and medaling and negatively impossing their angry and ludicrous opinions.don't pierce your animal but save your judgement lest you be judged......there is absolutely in no way.... ear piercing is cruelty......and btw, i didn't feel like using apostrophies so sorry if that upsets the nay and enjoy your pets, i do. if i see an animal with a piercing at the park, i just hope the owner never has to encounter nay sayers or justmesuzanne.

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      justmesuzanne 5 years ago from Texas

      This is just plain cruelty. The animal has no say in the matter, and there is no purpose for this potentially dangerous procedure. People who do this should be fined and have their animals removed.

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      Tai Kalone' 5 years ago

      Can I just say.... some people are rediculous! Your right a pet is different than a child. A child is way more IMPORTANT!!!!!!! It's not really painfull, it is nothing compared to declawing, cropping ears, and this debark thing? First I ever heard of it but it is ludacris! I have a hairless (SPHYNX) cat, and I would deff. pierce her ears! Come on you dumb PETA people, really?!?!?!?!? Do you know that it hurst worse and longer when you ACCIDENTALLY cut your dogs nails too short? The hole heals after a little bit, so as long as you take proper care of it, infection chances and null and zip after healing takes place. I cannot belive we live in a world that it is ok to chop off skin at birth for boys on their (.....) and pierce little girls ears at only 3 months, but you cannot freaking pirece a cats ears? You people should not be allowed to speak your so retarded! Oh and btw, dogs and cats do not talk, how do you know they care weather or not thay have earrings?!?!? How do you know they even remember the ACT of getting it done? Some people! If you want to pierce your animals ears, so be it! There are more important things to be out there arresting people for like fighting animals, starving them, beating them, ect! Your animals and your children are obviously a reflection of your personal style (until a child is old enough to make thier own fashion decisions) so why not let us spruce it up a little? This whole argument is just going to lead people to do it theirselves, without proper equipt, and bring the pain and chances for infection way up! It is pretty bad when a groomer/bet has this to worry about instead of weather or not there is a REAL PROBLEM at hand! Grahhhhh, you people make me sick. You have no life and are nosey as hell! Sincerely yours, a really ticked off pet owner right now!

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      Naki-kun 5 years ago

      I think that people should not get so obssesed over an animals needle hole on the ear. Before screaming out ANIMAL RIGHTS! or BABIES AND ANIMALS ARE NOT THE SAME! how about thinking. I read some comments and they stated "the animal will not benefit from it unlike a child who will later on use the ear holes to put in cute accessories while the dog will have not benefit of it. The animal will not understand why they went through that pain for". First of-have you ever felt a dog or a cats ear? Do you see how thin it is? A neddle sized hole through that thin flesh is like nothing. Plus they put numbing cream just so that the animal will not even feel the neddle. And second before talking about not benifiting from it then how about de-barking?Hows that benefiting? That is even a desadvantage. And neuturing? People do it because the animal leeks here and there in their house once a year. And before saying things like "the animal turns more docile after" please think about what you said "i want my pet to live the way it was born" well after neuturing they turn into an entirely different animal. So does the pet approve of that?Aperantly there is no way to know that.And there is also declawing and more things that people do to their pet.If i was to ever get a cat i will deffinetly pierce two small silver or golden hoops on one ear.It is my decision to do so.I really do not believe in all that "its my pet, i own it so i can do whatever i want to it" or "I gave birth to this child,you cannot stop me from doing anything to my own flesh and blood" shit. But apperantly science has not taken us to a level where we can understand and communicate with our pets. And i really hope it doesn't,because isn't the whole point of getting a pet that you experience something new and you learn to take care of it while you try to understand what uts thinking? Well anyways my opinion is that we the owners of our pets decide to take reasonable decisions instead of our pets and that only we can take those decisions. But if piercing were to be banned then that would be after all the other shit was. Or atleast de-barking and de-clawing.

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      Larry 5 years ago

      get over it you Peta crazys. Let me see, you tatoo a dog, cut a cats ears back for looks, cut a dogs tail off for looks, cut a dogs vocal chords out for barking, and cut his poor nuts off. Yeah a little needle hole in the ear with numbing cream sounds like the crulest thing in the world. I got a dachshund she loves her diamond CZ's and looks cute. not a wimper or whine when done. So if you don't know what your talking about. SHUT UP !!!

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      YOurMom 6 years ago

      SHUT UP. The animal is in about as much pain as a baby getting their ears pierced. Who cares. Let them do it if they want their pets ears pierced. I'd outlaw de-barking befor tattoos/piercings on pets.

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      Lilly 6 years ago

      And P.S. - I always thought babies with their ears pierced look obnoxious and ugly.

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      williams 6 years ago

      I found this very interesting. I am writing a research paper for one of my college classes and the topic i chose is the reflection of dog accessories in their owners. Do you have any sources from this? Or any opinions on what a dogs accessories communicate about them and their owner(s)?


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      justmesuzanne 6 years ago from Texas

      It is very wrong to do this to a dog, cat, or any other animal. It means nothing but pain and possible infection to the animal, and the animal has no choice in the matter. People who do this are childish, immature and cruel.

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      Raye 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      In the USA, the ASPCA has had people who get their pets pierced and the people who do the piercing arrested for animal cruelty. Not always but it's been an increasing fact.

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      Crystal 6 years ago

      Tattoos for dogs no comment. However I am looking into getting my puppy Chihuahuas' ears pierced. I want her to be as gorgeous I her mommy. Thanks for information. God Bless.

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      Raiz S. 6 years ago

      If people ear tip their cats ears, what's the difference. Also, I just thought to mention that piercings can be religious. Some religions pierce their pets ears. If people can remove dew claws, then a hole in a flap of skin is much less evasive. ALSO people remove the "bark" from a dog.... really and so many are so concerned with a pin hole?

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      Pusse' Cat 7 years ago

      I was considering the piercing service method, instead I plan the glue on option. Thank's for the info, I would never do anything to make my furry friends unhappy.

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      Keimo 7 years ago

      That was 101% of people answering the survey...

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      anangelslove_82 7 years ago

      ok so I am a dog groomer and this is what i think. I groom several dogs that have tattoos on there ear and that is no different then piercing a dogs ear only piercing it is less painful. ppl crop there dogs ears cut off there tails cut off there dew claws why??? cuz ppl don't like them how stupid. I am not cutting anything off my dog I am simply putting a small hole in her ear in witch hurts less then getting your dogs nuts cut off cuz they spray all over your house. So plz b4 you place judgment plz look at it from other ppls point of views. Different strokes for different fokes!!!

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      Sam 7 years ago

      Sure, piercing your pets ear is perfectly fine, as long as PETA gets to punch you in the face. No doubt about it, that is cruelty without question. It has no health benefit, your animal cant say no, and the animal will interpret the pain as punishment but not know what they did wrong. And you're all sitting here saying "well, babies cant say no either and that's fine so that means theres nothing wrong with piercing my cat". NEWSFLASH: Dogs and cats ARENT BABIES! its not even comparable! The baby will eventually get older and LIKE their peircing and benefit from having it when they want to wear cute jewelery and not have to experience the pain later. THE ANIMAL WILL NEVER UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY WENT THROUGH ALL THAT PAIN FOR. the animal will NEVER apppreciate or like the fact that you stabbed them for no reason at all. They will NEVER benefit from having their ears pierced. There is absolutely no logical reason for putting your pet through that, and no matter what you compare it to (well they can do this and this, so i should have the right to do that!) your argument for allowing pet pierings will ALWAYS be moot. Use COMMON SENSE. don't punish your animal for not being pretty enough for you.

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      onlyRATIONALpersonhere 7 years ago

      i don't see anything wrong with piercing, be it animal, baby, or yourself. How i see it is, thousands of people get their ears pieced as babies and you don't see them protesting after. yeah as a baby it probably hurt for about 2 seconds and then we were more concerned with the candy in our moms purse. I love animals and don't condone abuse, but how does this qualify as abuse(If done by a professional with the right tools) However, just like a baby, this only applies to EAR piercings. Any other area would be horribly unerving, and i feel the same way for adults who get themselves pierced.(anywhere but the ears just makes me nervous)

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      LindsayRose123 7 years ago

      That is just totally crazy!

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      "John", thanks for the visit & sharing your "opinions" too.....Just so you know, I use apostrophes anywhere I see fit!!!!! "HA, HA, HA!"

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      John 8 years ago

      Wow, not only is it 100% UNETHICAL to pierce your pet's ear, or your baby's ear, because knowingly causing an unconsenting being pain for our own enjoyment is clearly WRONG, but your spelling and punctuation are also 100% atrocious. Seriously. Get it together. If you post on the Internet, figure out how to use apostrophes. That would be a good start.

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts unknown!

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      unknown 8 years ago

      I think ppl should leave their pets how they were born. If their pets do not have any emergency to get their ear cropped light being bit off in a dog fight there is absolutly no way they should do it. And as far as piercing your dog can't tell you yes or no so leave them be.

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Thanks for the comment Dubil! Yeah, I thought this was an interesting topic. I think being a vet would be a cool job!

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      S. Dubil 8 years ago

      I work for a vet. This is the most rediculous and non-essential thing to do for your pet. What is wrong with people? People who think their pet's ears should be pierce should not have a pet!!! In fact, I question wether you should even have a Chia Pet.

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Thank you Cassman for your comment. It is true people crop ears & cut off tails. I never took sides in this hub! Just listed facts so, I can get the comments & views to determine the results.

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      Cassman 8 years ago

      What about people who crop their dogs ears that seems way worse, yet it is allowed. How many people cut off their dogs tail. This is an attack on individual freedom!!!

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      Michael Shane 8 years ago from Gadsden, Alabama

      Thank you for the comments creative orange, carolina muscle, prasetio30, & angela. I couldn't resist to write about this one after hearing about someone piercing their dog's ear. So, I did a little investigating & decided to make a hub out of it. I think it will be interesting to see the response this hub will generate, hopefully, more people will let us know what your take on this topic will be....

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      Angela 8 years ago

      Sooo not necessary to pierce your dog's ear. He/she doesn't care how he/she looks. A cute outfit is one thing, but anything that causes pain is just not right. I've seen pictures of dogs with tattoos on the internet even .... CRAZY!

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      prasetio30 8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I never find the piercing cat or dog in my area before. I think this would be an alternative to make our pet look pretty. Thanks

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      carolina muscle 8 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Beezzare, that people would have the resources, time, and desire to do this....

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      CreativeOrange 8 years ago

      This is ridiculous, but very funny. I rated it up!


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