Purple human hair dye leaves dog with severe burns

Georgia Reed
January 27, 2018

A dog in Florida is recovering after it nearly died from severe burns she received when her owner tried to dye the dog's hair purple using hair colouring meant for people.

Pinellas County Animal Services shared Violet's pictures on their Facebook page, together with a reminder that using human hair coloring products on animals should never even be considered.

Violet, a 5lb Maltese mix, is still recovering three months after the chemicals left her with severe burns to her back and eyes. "We gave fluids, pain meds and we gently washed as much of the chemical dye off as we could, we bandaged her up". She was also described as "limp and listless".

But when they removed the bandages and shaved her coat, the true extent of Violet's injuries were laid bare when her skin had started to peel off. He said he doesnt believe that Violet was maliciously dyed purple and that the owner probably didnt realize the consequences of using human hair product.

Animal Services shelter director Doug Brightwell said "a good Samaritan" found Violet wandering around as a stray and dropped her off at an emergency after-hours clinic in St. Petersburg.

The post continued: 'Violet began to tell us what to do - it started with a little noise; not really a bark, not really a cry. Would her hair ever grow back?

Violet suffered severe burns from human hair dye.

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"Decorating" your pet and giving them a colorful makeover may seem like a fun, harmless idea but, as Violet's story shows, that is not always the case.

People can be idiots when it comes to their pets.

Luckily, after three months of intense case, including antibiotics, IV fluids, honey treatments, scab removal as well as anesthetizing and bandage changes, Violet's condition had improved.

Right, listen up dog owners - no matter how cute you think it would be DO NOT dye your dog purple, or any colour for that matter.

The seriousness of her injuries meant animal rescuers in Florida feared the worst for the dog, especially when she began to shed skin. Its owner wanted to dye her as a nod to her name Violet. The dog is also reportedly doing well.

"Shes just very loving and shes very demanding with how she wants attention", he said.

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