Covering your dog’s balls in glitter is now a trend – but vets warn it’s a bad idea

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We’re pretty used to some weird glitter trends – from adding it to your beard to covering your own bum in it.

But this trend of adding some sparkle to your dog’s testicles might be a step to far.

We’ve all heard of blue balls but this canine version takes the idea very literally.

The glitter is edible and attached with cornstarch so although it’s not harmful if dogs eat it, vets and animal welfare charities are warning that it’s probably not a good idea.

The trend was first spotted by a salon in High Point, North Carolina and they posted on Facebook to let their customers know they wouldn’t be taking part.

They said: ‘I just thought I would let everybody know the latest creative grooming trend is glitter balls!

‘Please know that I love doing creative but, I will NOT be doing this. Posting for your entertainment.’

Other pages though, showed off dogs with ‘the nicest set of testicles in the Grooming Industry.’

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Most people were pretty taken aback by the idea though.

One poster said: ‘That has got to itch their skin or irritate it at least on the inside of their legs. I find this concerning, upsetting, and disturbing. Please don’t do this!!!!!’

Is it a duck…or a dog? The Newfoundland breed has a water resistant coat and webbed feet. This dog was originally bred to help haul nets for fishermen and rescuing people at risk of drowning.

‘Glitter is bad for the oceans, the environment, and for the dogs digestion when he licks this off! Omg! Animals, not even our pets, are purely for our selfish entertainment! What is wrong with people!?’ another added.

We spoke to Battersea Cats and Dogs home who said that any sort of dyeing or adorning should not be recommended.

A spokesperson said: ‘Dogs are sentient beings that deserve respect, not fashion accessories.

‘Owners have a duty of care to look after their pets responsibly in ways which don’t threaten their welfare.

‘Battersea would not encourage anyone to dye or adorn their dog in any way that threatens the animal’s health.’

Conkers could kill your dog
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In short, you probably wouldn’t like it if someone did this to you.

They added that neutering your dog (and therefore removing the testicles altogether, glittery or not) is the best thing to do for their health.

‘We also believe neutering your pet is something all responsible owners should do as a matter of course,’ they said.

‘Not only will it reduce the number of unwanted animals ending up in rescue centres, it also has health and behavioural benefits for dogs.’

Keep a pet-friendly home. Your dog or cat is a part of the family. If she’s a kitty, she needs her own litter box in a quiet, out-of-the way corner, a scratching post or tree, her own toys, and a nice cozy spot for napping.

Neutered male dogs are at a lower risk of testicular tumours and it prevents the onset of prostate conditions.

In terms of behaviour, unneutered male dogs may escape or run away on walks when trying to look for a mate.

Neutering male dogs can remove some of the undesirable behaviours such as scent-marking or humping.

To find out more about neutering your dog, speak to your vet.