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Dear Daisy Dog

I am thinking about piercing my poodle’s ears. Babette is three years old and healthy. Do you see any problem with this?

Daisy Responds

I am so gorgeous -– especially after I’ve been groomed -– that I need no adornments. Jewelry would only detract from my beauty.

Isn’t Babette beautiful just the way she is?

Ear piercing, even when done by a veterinarian, carries the risk of infection and bleeding. Dogs’ ear flaps have more blood vessels in them than your human ear lobes do, so our ears bleed more easily than yours.

Another reason not to pierce Babette’s ears is the very real possibility that she will scratch her ear someday and rip out the earring. The torn ear will be painful and ugly -– a real embarrassment for a lady.

In some areas, people have been fined and jailed for piercing their dogs’ ears because it’s considered animal cruelty.

Pierce your own ears, but leave Babette’s au naturel.

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