Spay and Neuter Awareness Month
If you just added a new pet to your family,…
For most pet owners, surgery is a last resort and an operation is only performed out of sheer necessity. The animal is sick or in pain, and all other options have been exhausted. But there are a variety of surgical operations known as “elective procedures.” Most often, these surgeries are scheduled in advance, but rarely out of necessity since they are usually done for purely cosmetic reasons.
Due to the fact these procedures are usually unnecessary and painful for the animals, most pet lovers have come to view them as not only impractical, but inhumane. As such, most surgeries of this type are not covered under pet insurance plans. Let’s take a look at some of the most prevalent of these controversial elective procedures:
While these are just some of the most common elective procedures, there are still othersthat are gaining increased popularity. Some of these have clear benefits that improve the animal’s quality of life, such as face lifts that help dogs with congenital breathing problems. Others procedures, such as canine breast reduction and testicular implants called Neuticles, exist in a greyer area, though they still have their share of proponents. This expanding variety of elective procedures makes it all the more important for pet owners to stay up-to-date and informed about what is ultimately beneficial and what is purely superficial.