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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.

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  • 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

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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. 

  • Pets Can Die Under The Knife

    One of the biggest risks of any surgical procedure for dogs is anesthesia. It's especially dangerous for dogs who are suffering from heart trouble, anemia, diabetes, and dehydration. In one particularly tragic case, a Tibetan Mastiff died while undergoing a facelift. The cause of death was heart failure as a reaction to anesthesia. While these side effects are rare, they are possible. 

    Also, surgery is always painful. Dogs can't understand why they're experiencing pain, and they can't make a conscious decision to endure it for some future benefit. With that in mind, forcing an animal to experience pain for something that is more about human vanity than animal well-being is just cruel.

  • The Practice Is Controversial Among Veterinarians

    Veterinarians are not a unified front when it comes to animal plastic surgery.

    Some support purely cosmetic procedures. According to Korean veterinarian Yoon Sin Geun, it is “the owner’s right for wanting to make their pets pretty and it is too much to criticize procedures that are proven to be safe.“

    Meanwhile, American veterinarian Chris Bern refuses to perform plastic surgery on animals, saying, "I don't think it's worth putting them through the pain and the recovery and the risk for our perception of how they're supposed to look. We have no justification to do it."