People Make Animals Undergo Plastic Surgery And It's As Horrific As You'd Imagine

Animals and plastic surgery aren't two terms you usually hear in the same sentence, but recently, pet plastic surgery has become trendy. Yes, people are opting to put their pet under the knife in the name of vanity. 

So, why does plastic surgery on animals happen? Sometimes it's because plastic surgery addicts want to make their pets just as beautiful as themselves. Other times it's to help a show animal pick up more prizes - surprisingly, illegal pet plastic surgery was inflicted on camels in Saudi Arabia for this reason. In some cases cosmetically changing your pets has a legitimate medical reason - like when dogs with short snouts receive rhinoplasties to help them breathe better. No matter why it's being done, it's a highly controversial topic that has been stirring up a lot of people's emotions.


  • Camel Owners Used Injections To Make Them Look Better For A Beauty Contest In Saudi Arabia

    Camel Owners Used Injections To Make Them Look Better For A Beauty Contest In Saudi Arabia
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    The King Abdulaziz Camel Festival is a yearly event in Saudi Arabia where camels are entered in various competitions, including a beauty contest. In 2017, some camel owners turned to injections to make the camel's ears smaller or their facial features bigger.

    The festival organizers have not taken kindly to this. Not only are camel owners who do this disqualified from the competition, but they are also required to pay fines.  

  • The Variety Of Surgery Options Is Staggering

    The Variety Of Surgery Options Is Staggering
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    Depending where you stand on the issue, the amount of procedures possible for animals is either impressive or disturbing. Here are some of the possibilities

    Breast Reductions: This involves removing fat from the dog's undercarriage and reducing the loose skin that remains afterward. Basically, it's canine liposuction. 

    Eye Replacement: If a dog is missing an eye, a false eye can be implanted to fill the space. There are two types. The first is an orbital prosthesis, which is a solid black ball that fills the eye socket. The eyelid is typically sewn shut around the prosthesis. The dog can no longer open that eye, but it simply appears closed, not sunken.

    For the more appearance-conscious dog owner, there's the intrascleral prosthesis, which involves emptying the original eyeball out and inserting a prosthesis inside, leaving the original eyeball intact. Neither procedure will restore the dog's sight and are purely cosmetic. 

    Botox Injections: Some dogs receive botox injections to smooth out wrinkles. That said, it can also be used to treat arthritis, masticatory myositis (muscle pain), and symptoms of distemper. 

  • One Couple Spent Over £10,000 On Plastic Surgery For Their Pet

    Denise and David Smart of Selby, North Yorkshire, have spent upwards of £10,000 on various surgical procedures for their pet bloodhound, Junior. At first glance, this seems completely absurd - but some of the procedures were intended to be therapeutic. Alongside surgeries that simply made the bloodhound appear less droopy, others were intended to remove eye tumors and infected skin. 

    Because they have pet insurance, the Smart family didn't actually have to pay the exorbitant fees. However, the couple claimed if had they been responsible for the bill, they would have gladly paid it. 

  • There's A Procedure Called Neuticles And It's Exactly What It Sounds Like

    One of the most surprising forms of animal plastic surgery are silicone testicular implants called Neuticles. Neuticles are intended to mimic the appearance of a full scrotum after an animal is neutered. They can be used on dogs, cats, horses, bulls, or any other pet that has been neutered. About 500,000 people have chosen this route for their pets.

    It's hard to say whether animals care about the appearance of their nether regions, but the implants are usually harmless and may convince pet owners who otherwise wouldn't neuter their animals to do so. 

  • Sometimes, Animal Plastic Surgery Has Real Medical Benefits

    Many plastic surgery procedures that appear frivolous on the outside can actually have important medical benefits for animals. For example, if a dog has exceptionally loose skin folds, the inside of those folds can become a hotbed for bacteria, so tummy tucks are sometimes used to alleviate the issue. Eye lifts are performed to decrease the risk of scratching the dog's cornea. Laser nostril procedures may be used to improve breathing in breeds like bulldogs or Boston terriers who have short, pushed-in noses. 

    What's ironic is these unhealthy features are caused by the decisions and practices of dog breeders. According to veterinarian Dr. Jeff Werber:

    It's our fault. And I think the more we breed in, with the pugs and the Boston terriers and the French bulldogs, those pushed-in faces, the more problems we're going to have with the nares (nostrils), the nose and the elongated palate.

  • Animal Plastic Surgery Rakes In $62 Million A Year

    Animal Plastic Surgery Rakes In $62 Million A Year
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    Animal plastic surgery can come with high costs. Minor procedures like eyelid lifts can cost about $150 per eye - not an impossibly high price, but not cheap, either. More intricate surgeries - like a doggie face lift - can cost thousands of dollars. Pet insurance may occasionally cover the costs, but owners are often left footing the bill.

    The industry takes in about $62 million per year.