Plastic surgery for pooches

By Connie Orcutt • Published: June 1st, 2015
Category: Animal Airwaves

By strict definition, plastic surgery is common in dogs — but we’re not talking about beauty makeovers!

The brow lifts, wrinkle tucks and other tissue twists and turns are performed as corrective surgeries to boost quality of life instead of pinup potential. That explains why the bulk of these procedures are covered by pet insurance.

Take entropion surgery, which is performed on dogs with excess wrinkles. Essentially, it’s an eyelid lift that prevents excess skin from curling inward and scratching the eye’s surface with fur.

Or, in some short-nosed dogs with anatomically induced respiratory problems, a nose job means widening the nostrils to ease breathing.

So rather than boosting beauty, you could say that plastic surgery gives many pooches a new lease on life.