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Violet, a little Maltese-mix, got her name after a deeply upsetting incident that almost ended fatally. Her irresponsible owner used human hair to dye her fur purple and poor Violet sustained horrific burns due to the toxic chemicals in the mixture.

Fortunately, the precious dog survived and the Pinellas County Animal Services team that saved her life hopes her story will be a warning to those who do not realize the danger of such seemingly harmless ideas.


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 suffered extensive burns on her tiny body. When she arrived at the rescue, her eyes were swollen shut, she was limp, listless, and clearly in severe pain. Her condition was so bad that her rescuers were amazed she even made it through the night.

It took three months of specialized care including antibiotics, IV fluids, honey treatments, scab removals, multiple bandage changes, and pain medication for Violet to finally feel better and happier.

Once she was in better shape, she started to really show her character. “She began to walk the halls, visiting each office requesting treats or hugs or gentle pats,” the rescuers write, “always in the lead with our veterinarian in tow. It was clear – Violet was on the mend and she wanted everyone to know it.”

But the amazing recovery was not the end of her story. After all she went through, little Violet finally found a new forever home with a person who will give her proper love and care.



“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. “Do NOT, under any circumstances, use hair color intended for humans on your pets,” the Pinellas County Animal Services team explains. “Chemicals in hair dye are TOXIC causing a wide array of external injury to your pet – possible burns, blindness and because an animal’s first instinct is to lick, it can cause poisoning or internal burns. Just don’t.”

As pet guardians, it is up to us to always keep their best interest in mind and not let our own entertainment or whims get in the way of giving them the best care they deserve. Our pets are beautiful just the way they are – and frankly, if you think otherwise, you might want to reconsider taking the responsibility of caring for an animal.


To learn more about Pinellas County Animal Services, click here.

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All image source: Pinellas County Animal Services/Facebook