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Have you ever realized that 'dog' spelled backward is 'god'? Not trying to make any assumptions here, but our pets, whether furry, feathery, or scaly, carry special healing abilities. Perhaps they don't cure infections but heal the heart and soul.

Ever since tattoos became a thing, pet tattoos have also. And honestly, no offense, a pet portrait tattoo is way better than having your ex's name or face inked. You aren't likely to regret getting a pet tattoo as much.

Quips aside, animal tattoos are popular both among tattoo zealots and animal lovers. In fact, quite a few people who have never had a tattoo done before opt for simple pet tattoos for their first one.

Other than that, pet memorial tattoos are also popular among pet owners who had to say an aching goodbye to their four-legged friends. Unless one owns an Egyptian Tortoise, the chances of the pet outliving its owner are meager. Thus memorial tattoos featuring beloved pets are a relatively frequent request at a tattoo parlor.

Below, we've compiled the many cool dog tattoos, cat tattoos, and tattoos of other animals people domesticate. If you are also thinking of getting your four-pawed roommate inked, the many examples below will hopefully serve as pet tattoo ideas, perhaps style, color, or design-wise.

Make sure to upvote the ones you liked the most, and let us know whether you have any pet tattoos yourself!

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One Year Ago Today, My Best Friend Crossed The Rainbow Bridge

One Year Ago Today, My Best Friend Crossed The Rainbow Bridge

Its been a tough year without her but I treasure every moment we had together. Back in October, I got her nose tattooed in the spot where she would boop my leg. The flowers on either side are kalanchoe and they mean everlasting affection.
 

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Tattoo Of Nino

Tattoo Of Nino

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is an incredible portrait! I would love to get one of my dog but I haven't seen any impeccable portrait work around here

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An Adorable Tattoo Of My Pet Rattlesnake Chico, Made To Look As Cute As He Looks Through My Eyes

An Adorable Tattoo Of My Pet Rattlesnake Chico, Made To Look As Cute As He Looks Through My Eyes

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Charlie's Ears Tattoo

Charlie's Ears Tattoo

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Is it just me or would you assume koala bear or maybe gremlin if you didn't see the original photo?

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My Favorite Tattoo, Always. A Realistic Portrait Of My Dogs Paw. Forever, And Always My Heartbeat At My Feet

My Favorite Tattoo, Always. A Realistic Portrait Of My Dogs Paw. Forever, And Always My Heartbeat At My Feet

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Got A Tattoo In Memory Of My Bunny

Got A Tattoo In Memory Of My Bunny

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

A beautiful tribute, though my bunny would be chewing on the flowers.

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My Beloved Pets Memorial Tattoo. Stevie Chicks Riding On Stellarcat’s Back In Space

My Beloved Pets Memorial Tattoo. Stevie Chicks Riding On Stellarcat’s Back In Space

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This Is Rosemary, A Baby Who Left Too Early, But Left Good Memories And A Lot Of Nostalgia Here

This Is Rosemary, A Baby Who Left Too Early, But Left Good Memories And A Lot Of Nostalgia Here

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Thought Fellow Cat People Would Appreciate My New Piece! A Portrait Of One Of My Kitties, Bellatrix

Thought Fellow Cat People Would Appreciate My New Piece! A Portrait Of One Of My Kitties, Bellatrix

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My Pet Tarantula Died So I Had Her Tattooed On My Shoulder

My Pet Tarantula Died So I Had Her Tattooed On My Shoulder

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A Rib Tattoo Of My Late Cockatiel Elvis. He Was The Best Thing About My Childhood. Thought I'd Share With My Fellow Bird Lovers

A Rib Tattoo Of My Late Cockatiel Elvis. He Was The Best Thing About My Childhood. Thought I'd Share With My Fellow Bird Lovers

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My Talented Coworker Tyelle Tattooed My Beautiful Girl On Me, Now We Can Walk Together Forever. Miss You Every Day, Tia

My Talented Coworker Tyelle Tattooed My Beautiful Girl On Me, Now We Can Walk Together Forever. Miss You Every Day, Tia

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Four-Legged Friend

Four-Legged Friend

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I have my French puppy right next to me. Making me tear up, thinking about the future. Beautiful tattoo.

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A 16-Year-Old Dog Memorial Tattoo

A 16-Year-Old Dog Memorial Tattoo

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In Its Expressions There Is A Mix Between “Relax, Be Without Thoughts” And “What Do I Care?!”

In Its Expressions There Is A Mix Between “Relax, Be Without Thoughts” And “What Do I Care?!”

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Little Custom Fairy Guinea Pig For Sweet Jeneesha! So Glad I Could Make This Cute Concept A Reality For You

Little Custom Fairy Guinea Pig For Sweet Jeneesha! So Glad I Could Make This Cute Concept A Reality For You

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An Exercise That I Really Liked To Do

An Exercise That I Really Liked To Do

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I Tattooed A Couple Of Conures On A Client Who Plans To Get A Full Sleeve Of All Her Parrots

I Tattooed A Couple Of Conures On A Client Who Plans To Get A Full Sleeve Of All Her Parrots

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Tattoo Of My Cat, Jupiter

Tattoo Of My Cat, Jupiter

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Truly beautiful! The colors, the imagery, just what the cosmos should be like (and probably is).

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Back In March I Lost My Albino Guinea Pig. I Decided To Get Her And Her Cage-Mate Tattooed On Me So I Can Have Them Forever

Back In March I Lost My Albino Guinea Pig. I Decided To Get Her And Her Cage-Mate Tattooed On Me So I Can Have Them Forever

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My Guinea Pig, Harley, With Her Tattoo Likeness

My Guinea Pig, Harley, With Her Tattoo Likeness

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Pet Rat Tattoo

Pet Rat Tattoo

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Was this done dur the year of the rat? The Japanese/Chinese style is stunning. (if u want to correct me, go ahead. Both art styles look similar to me) 😅

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Pet Cat Tattoo

Pet Cat Tattoo

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Cute One To Resemble Shannon’s Dogs Paw, Such A Nice Idea

Cute One To Resemble Shannon’s Dogs Paw, Such A Nice Idea

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Lucky The Dog

Lucky The Dog

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Beautiful Pet Tattoos Celebrating The Furry Friends In Our Lives

Beautiful Pet Tattoos Celebrating The Furry Friends In Our Lives

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Rach
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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I really like the style of this one, looks like it was taken out of a sketchbook

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Dogs Are Not Our Whole Life, But They Make Our Lives Whole

Dogs Are Not Our Whole Life, But They Make Our Lives Whole

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1 year ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't know... mine are sometimes my whole world, so there's that....

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Permanent Display Of Love

Permanent Display Of Love

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Tattoo Already Healed

Tattoo Already Healed

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