Pet plastic surgery gets popular - but not for vanity purposes

Some plastic surgery is medically necessary for pets.
More and more pets are going under the knife, but it's not to retain their youthful appearances.

FOX 2 found no obvious candidates for pet plastic surgery at Deporre Veterinary Clinic in Bloomfield Township.

Instead, there are people taking their dogs to get eye lifts and nose jobs-- just not for the reason you're thinking.

FOX 2: "Plastic surgery for dogs?"

"Sounds pretty ridiculous, right," said Dr. Corey Gut, a veterinarian. "A lot of times the plastic surgery is not cosmetic. It is actually medically (needed). A lot of times the nips and tucks that we do are things that are going to make the pets feel better."

Medically necessary as opposed to canine vanity -- no tummy tucks, liposuction or gastric bypass.

"Most gastric bypass surgeries are labs that have eaten socks and other things," Gut said. "They need part of their intestines removed for other reasons."

"My pekinese had her eye folds removed because the hair was touching her eyeballs," said one dog owner.

Sadie is over 17 years old, look at the spring in her step. To her age ain't nothing but a number.

Besides, money spent on a pet could be money you spend on yourself.

"First me then the dog," quipped another owner.


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