A darling Maltese mix nearly perished after someone decided to dye her fur purple with human hair coloring. The dog, dubbed Violet, suffered horrible burns from the toxic chemicals that were doused on her small body. Now, the Pinellas County Animal Control is hoping to educate others with her story.
On Monday, the animal control agency posted several photos of the grievously injured dog to their Facebook page and issued a warning against using human hair coloring on dogs:
Grab a tissue and hang on – we promise a very colorful ride – a tale of caution, extreme pain, incredible strength and love. Pet makeovers are wonderful – they come out smiling after a new haircut, nail trim, maybe a little bow or bandana. They smell so good, they feel so soft and they prance around showing off. Great stuff, right! We do our own hair – funky styles and colors are on the rise. Express yourself, but please do not use hair dye intended for humans to express your pet’s style
The animal welfare agency advised that the chemicals in hair dye are toxic and can cause burns, blindness or even internal poisoning. Little Violet suffered extensive burning on her body – her eyes were swollen shut, she was “limp and listless,” and in extreme pain.
Fortunately there is a happily-ever-after for this spunky girl. After three months of care – including antibiotics, IV fluids, multiple bandage changes and pain medications, Violet is feeling much better.
But her painful story serves as a lesson for all dog owners who may be tempted to “pretty up” their pet with human products – don’t, just don’t.
(Images via Pinellas County Animal Services Facebook page)
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