Can I Get My Dog Plastic Surgery?

Can I Get My Dog Plastic Surgery?Plastic surgery procedures are a popular phenomenon, but not for pets. Cosmetic improvements work wonders for self-esteem, but your dog doesn’t worry about how they look!

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Could there actually be a legitimate justification for performing plastic surgery on a dog? Surprisingly, there are certain situations where it’s the right thing to do for Fido.

Let’s dive into the prospect of plastic surgery for dogs. It does sound crazy but sometimes medical reasons make it necessary. It really comes down to quality of life issues.

Can I Get My Dog Plastic Surgery? Answer: Yes, if medically necessary

The vast majority of plastic surgery carried out on animals is to improve health and circumstances.

You know dogs are being treated pretty well if plastic surgery is being done to improve quality of life. If it helps, we’re all for it. On the other hand, any owner considering plastic surgery for a dog (for cosmetic reasons) truly needs to have their head examined!

Keep reading for specific situations or conditions where plastic surgery may help a pet dog.

Reasons for Plastic Surgery

Nose jobs for dogs are one of the most popular of such procedures. Humans primarily have it done for cosmetic reasons, but some dogs would benefit through improved breathing.

There are pets with poor air flow via the nostrils. Plastic surgery could enable a more active lifestyle. There are many such cases where the owner would tell you it was a great thing to do for the dog.

Other procedures include fixing common eye problems. Entropion is a condition whereby the eyelids are turned in. This causes the eyes to water excessively which is annoying and painful for a dog.

A surgeon can fix this problem which would help a four-legged friend avoid permanent eye damage if taken care of early on.

All The Wrong Reasons

We hear stories of some people getting Botox and/or using silicone wedges on their dogs to fix things like excessive floppiness in ears. Common surgeries also apparently include tail docking and ear cropping for dogs.

In Brazil, where plastic surgery is all the rage, lawmakers actually took steps to criminalize cosmetic surgery for pets. Inappropriate cosmetic procedures were being performed on dogs so frequently that something had to be done. It’s crazy!

Other people have show dogs and are overly concerned with superficial cosmetics of their prize canines. They think appearance will give them an advantage over other competitive dogs.

Since there is a profit motive behind this sad reality, perhaps their judgement is impaired. This is something we strongly disagree with as loving dog owners. Such plastic surgery is totally wrong if done for this selfish reason!

Some owners of larger breeds get chin lift procedures done to reduce excessive drooling.  This really doesn’t warrant surgery because it doesn’t improve the dog’s health.

Standing Up for Dogs

If you know of a place performing plastic surgery on animals, without intent to achieve improved health or quality of live, please speak out against it. Hopefully you also oppose unnecessary surgical procedures for dogs.

Conclusion on Plastic Surgery

Yes, there are some valid reasons for certain plastic surgery procedures performed on dogs. Such an important decision should only be done to improve quality of life. But to some people, a dog is like a little toy to be paraded around for maximum attention. It’s sad when any dog undergoes plastic surgery because their owner feels it will improve their appearance. This is simply animal abuse. If you are considering plastic surgery for your dog, hopefully it’s for all the right reasons.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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