Plastic Surgery for Pets? - Page 2
Scratching is normal cat behavior. Cats don’t do it to destroy a favorite chair or to get even. Cats scratch to remove the dead husks from their claws, mark territory and stretch their muscles. The Humane Society says they “oppose declawing except for the rare cases when it is necessary for medical purposes, such as the removal of cancerous nail bed tumors.” Declawing is an unnecessary surgery which provides no medical benefit to the cat. “Educated pet owners can easily train their cats to use their claws in a manner that allows everyone in the household to live together happily.”
Risks To Pets
There can be unintended consequences when pets are “altered” for other than health reasons:
- Almost all cosmetic surgeries require the use of general anesthesia, which--just as with humans--carries minor but potential hazards.
- According to ABC News dogs that undergo neutering can get replacement testicles, called Neuticles. Neuticles are made of bean-shaped hard silicone that cause the scrotum to appear normal. The problem is that the inserts are foreign objects placed under the animal’s skin and complications could be a possibility.
- Some owners who present their dogs at shows have cosmetic surgery performed to correct natural imperfections. However, the AKC will disqualify any dog entered in one of their shows if it is discovered to have had corrective cosmetic surgery.
Freedom of Discretion
As mentioned above, there are even fake testicles implanted at the time of neutering. These are procedures performed exclusively at the option (whim?) of the pet owners since dogs have absolutely no awareness of the loss of their “reproductive capabilities.” Only humans appear to be concerned about that. As a matter of fact, all convenience surgeries—those that don’t meet a medical health criterion—are likely wastes of the owner’s discretionary income. But, we at YourPetHealthInfo.com are the first to emphatically champion their total right to do so.