Ears stand Corrected: Cosmetic Surgery and Pets
Are you irritated by your dog’s drooping ears or your kitty’s
tail which is capable of sweeping off a coffee table in a mere
second? Is your puppy being too loud and your Calico scratching a
bit too much? In our society, there are so many cosmetic
procedures that have the capability of transforming our pets into
the best citizens of their kind, into members of other breeds or
into denizens of imaginary breeds.
Some could even say that these cosmetic surgeries enhance the
overall quality of a pet’s life while others could possibly state
that these procedures are mean-spirited, ego driven and more for
the benefit of the pet owners than for the pets well being.
Cosmetic surgery for pets is not at all a recent idea. In the
late 1800’s and the early twentieth century cosmetic surgery or
alteration was a normal practice, most especially in the cat show
Such techniques as tail bobbing and ear reducing to produce the
deceptive image of another breed were practices used regularly.
And there are other cosmetic procedures for pets that sound like
procedures for people. We are not the only creatures who can get
a tummy tuck. This is done especially for health purposes, as
some animal breeds are indeed more vulnerable to infection and so
forth. Your pet could even have liposuction done. And that is not
nearly the end of it. There is also the changing of eyelids to
alter eye shape and face lifts which alter the pet's face. And
for show pets there are prosthetic testicles for dogs as well as
laser depilation for the looks of “hairless” cats.
Holistic Vet Dr. Jane Bicks has performed her share of these
surgeries. At one time she gave a face lift to a dog who had
facial folds so pronounced his eyes were part covered over! She
had to rid the dog’s face of its unpleasing folds and in the end
the eyes looked around two times as big as before the procedure.
She also did a nose job on her horse, a horse whom that she had
rescued and who had a mangled nose. She replaced the nose and
stitched it back on while not changing the natural style.
Some animal advocates say there is a morality issue doing this to
pets who did not request it done and who did not concur with
it (or the actual pain that goes along with it) just to look a
certain way. It is really somewhat surprising all the other
cosmetic surgery procedures that are done on a regular. For
additional information about Pet issues and nutrition visit The
Pet Food Zone and find out more.
R. Joseph is a writer/researcher. For more info go to
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