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Dangerous Fur Styling
Viral trend #DogBun is potentially harmful to canine ears.
I've seen people use non-toxic coloring to dye their dogs' tails and paint their pups' nails, however the latest canine styling trend is not only slightly bizarre, but also harmful (albeit unintentionally). The dog bun involves styling fur and ears together on the top of a pup's head, typically using an elastic hair tie. The fur style has been growing in popularity with over 2,000 pictures on Instagram bearing the hashtag #DogBun so far, with more photos are being added each day.

While the style looks cute, Dr. Ann Hohenhaus at New York City's Animal Medical Center says that bands or clips should never be used to pull back dog ears. They could interrupt blood flow and cause serious damage, potentially leading to ear flap amputation. Additionally, I can't imagine that having your ears bunched up is comfortable or conducive to hearing.

People set on styling their pup should stick to ear-less buns, using elastic bands to gather only fur, while those with short haired dogs should skip the bun all together.

Do you style your dog's fur?

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JoAnna Lou is a New York City-based researcher, writer and agility enthusiast.

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