The plastic surgeon will see your dog now. Believe it or not, a growing number of veterinarians are reporting a rise in cosmetic procedures for dogs. For example:
- Bulldog breeds are known for having deep skin folds that are prone to infection. Now, those can be fixed with a cosmetic wrinkle filler, similar to Restalyn, or a face lift.
- Other breeds have flattened noses which can complicate breathing. That problem can be fixed with a doggy nose job.
- And if your dog has crooked teeth, which cause painful mouth sores, you can now get a product called “Rin Tin Grin," or braces for dogs.
Our friend, veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker says the good news is that most new pet procedures are being done for medical reasons, meaning, the days of owners asking to crop a dog’s ears, or dock their tails, to make them more visually appealing, seem to be long gone. Becker adds that if a cosmetic procedure can make your dog more comfortable, and help you take better care of your pet, then he’s all for it.