Dog nearly dies of allergic reaction after owners dye her fur purple


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.

Violet's story begins with the Pinellas County Animal Services bringing her to the vet's office and was shared countless times on Facebook.

"Violet's eyes were swollen shut, she was limp and listless, she had obvious burns to her skin - we gave fluids, pain meds and we gently washed as much of the chemical dye off as we could, we bandaged her up", the group said on Facebook.

The PCAS team went on to describe Violet's "arduous" road to recovery which started with the staff having to shave her hair off to measure the damage that was caused.

When owners take it to an extreme and use colored dye intended for humans, it takes it to a whole new level.

A viral Facebook post is showing the world the serious and potentially life-threatening danger of using human hair dyes on nonhuman animals.

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.

"It was so much worse than we initially thought - but would this little dog make it through?!?!" they wrote. Would her hair ever grow back?

It's understood Violet's owner made a decision to dye her coat purple as a nod to her name.

Violet didnt have a license or a microchip with her and wasnt reported lost, so the shelter has no idea of her former owner, Brightwell said.

It received pain medications, scab removals, IV fluids, honey treatments, and antibiotics.

"When the final bandages came off we breathed a collective sigh of relief - Violet was handsome", animal services said.

"Because if she had been taken to another shelter, I think most likely she wouldve been just euthanized", said Anderson, a Tennessee native and Dunedin resident.

The seriousness of her injuries meant animal rescuers in Florida feared the worst for the dog, especially when she began to shed skin.

The dog luckily survived but it has to endure painful treatments over the next three months.

Violet is also getting along well with Andersons other dogs, Mushu and Sushi, who are both shih tzus.



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