‘Cosmetic Surgery’ For Dogs – It’s Not All Americans’ Fault

An article in the Telegraph about a report into ‘cosmetic surgery’ for dogs by a British pet ensurer gently slides into American bashing:

‘Petplan also paid out over £1m for eye-lid lifts on young dogs and almost a quarter of a million pounds for dental work on household pets.

The trend for cosmetic surgery on pets started in the US, where all kinds of treatments have been devised for animals. Chin-lifts among dogs became popular in the 1990s in order to curb excessive drooling. In the mid-1980s ‘Neuticles’ were invented; testicular implants that were designed to give neutered pets a more masculine look.

Brian Faulkner, a vet at Petplan, said that pets in the UK often require treatment due to medical defects, rather than vanity on behalf of their owner. For example, eye-lid lifts are particularly common among Bloodhound, Bulldog and Mastiff breeds of dog, which tend to suffer from an inherited eye condition called entropion. Nose jobs are often used to widen nostrils to help fix breathing issues.’

Hey! Hold it right there! American pets get plastic surgery for a ‘more masculine look’ while the UK pets get surgery for ‘medical defects’?

I think my American readers (and there are more then a few of you) should be justifiably upset at this kind of stereotyping by the Telegraph.

I by the way do a few eyelid lifts and yes, they are for medical reason and not ‘cosmetic’.

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About Dr Vadim Chelom

Dr Vadim Chelom is a Registered Veterinarian, a writer and an educator

One comment

  1. The term plastic surgery is a general term referring to manual or instrumental treatment or operation performed for aesthetic or functional reasons or purposes.

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