Veterinarians Warn - Latest TikTok Trend Is Not Safe For Dogs
Those of us with bleached hair will be very familiar with the concept of purple shampoo.
Purple tones in the product suppress red and orange, adding an icy hue to the hair.
A vast number of products are available, from top-quality purple shampoos from beauty salons to cheap options in various drugstores.
The only thing all these brands have in common is that they are meant for people.
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Recently, a trend has emerged on TikTok that shows people using hair dye products on their dogs, with the idea that their fur can get a pearly white shine, like human hair.
While most video creators make it clear in their videos that they use a purple shampoo specifically designed for dogs, this is not always the case.
What’s even more worrying, many in their comments offered to try their own cosmetic products on their pets.
Emergency veterinarian Dave Leicester, who oversees the online consultation service Video Vets Now for Vets Now, warns that this could lead to terrible consequences.
In one interview, he said:
“We would only recommend dog owners use animal products approved for use on their pets. Human products should never be used on pets unless otherwise instructed by your veterinarian.
With purple shampoo, in particular, many brands are highly aggressive and contain chemicals that could be harmful to your pet.
Some products can leave toxic chemical residue on your dog's hair that could be swallowed during grooming - or they can cause skin irritation and hypersensitivity. ”
While people can ensure that chemicals are not swallowed, you cannot be sure that a dog will not lick spilled water or clean itself while you’re rinsing off the shampoo, let alone be exposed in other ways or later through chemical residue on their coats.
Certain essential oils used in cosmetic production (such as cinnamon, citrus, peppermint, pine, and ylang-ylang) are toxic to dogs if swallowed. It is always best to be careful if something is not advertised as safe for pets.
According to Leicester, changing your dog’s fur can be problematic;
“We do not support dying dog’s coats exclusively for cosmetic reasons. Dogs are rational beings with complex emotional and physical needs, and coloring, beautifying, or dressing in dresses suggests that they’re ours to objectify and treat them as fashion accessories or toys.”
World Dog Finder team