Pet Plastic Surgery-Woof!

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Pet Plastic Surgery-Woof!

The plastic surgery industry is going to the dogs-literally. Now more than ever pet owners are sending their furry friends under the knife.

Animal plastic surgery that’s only to enhance a pet’s appearance is widely criticized by veterinarians and animals rights groups. On the flip side, many pet owners see the value in cosmetic surgery, especially in show breeds. Cosmetic surgery for pets is still pretty rare but many pets undergo plastic surgery for medical reasons. Depending on your coverage, pet insurance might help pay for the pet plastic surgery. Options for animal procedures include eye lifts, nose jobs, breast reductions, liposuction and skin grafts. In some cases, owners have paid to have the shape of their pets’ ears adjusted. Doggy facelifts are performed to improve the look of fido’s face. Botox and artificial eyes have also been requested for pets.

Testicular implants

Neuticles are testicular implants for dogs, sometimes cats. Some pet owners decide to replace their dog’s removed testicles with silicone implants. Veterinarians have been performing this procedure since 1995 when Neuticles first entered the market. Silicone testicles look natural and supposedly help fido maintain his self esteem. Supporters insist that male dogs benefit from this procedure, while critics remain skeptical. Artificial testicles for dogs are just one example of pet plastic surgery.

Eye lifts

Entropion surgery is one of the most common pet plastic surgeries. This procedure lifts a dog’s eyelids to make it easier for them to see. Dog breeds with several wrinkles may need surgery to remove some of the folds, which can collect bacteria. Bacteria collected in wrinkles can lead to infections. Fur on the folds near a dog’s eyes can scratch their corneas and cause damage.

Nose jobs

When the roof of a dog’s mouth is too long for the length of its muzzle, breathing becomes much harder. This condition is called brachycephalic syndrome and is typically seen in breeds with short noses. To correct it, veterinarians perform a kind of “nose job” for dogs. Pugs and bulldogs, for example, tend to have trouble with respiration and can benefit from this surgery.

Breast reductions

Excess skin and a floppy bosom can cause trouble for dogs after pregnancy. To correct this, pet owners may opt for a plastic surgery procedure similar to a breast reduction. This lifts the undercarriage, making the canine more comfortable. This pet plastic surgery might also be necessary if your dog experiences significant weight loss. Tummy tucks have been successful in helping obese dogs after they lose weight and begin a healthier lifestyle.

Liposuction

Liposuction in dogs and cats has steadily increased in popularity. While it’s effective, there are safer alternatives that don’t require surgery. Traditional diet and exercise to lose weight significantly lower the risk for your pet.

Veterinarians who specialize in surgery perform these pet plastic surgeries. If you’re interested in exploring surgical procedures for your pet, consult with the veterinarians in your area, but be prepared to be denied if you’re only seeking cosmetic enhancements.

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