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In South Korea, Dogs Are Getting Plastic Surgery

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According to Chosun Ilbo, one of South Korea’s biggest newspapers, some people in South Korea are apparently getting cosmetic surgery for their pets.

One unnamed veterinarian told the paper (via tipster Sang), “Plastic surgery for pets in the past were for medical reasons but the result also brought better looking dogs, so there is a growing customer base getting a plastic surgery for cosmetic reasons on their dogs.”


Another vet, named Dr. Yoon, told the paper that cosmetic surgery for dogs was “medically safe” and that it was “the owner’s right” to make their pet beautiful.

Chosun Ilbo reports that it’s mostly dogs getting plastic surgery, with popular procedures including tail shortening to make the animal, ahem, cuter and ear trimming to make them pointier as well as procedures humans get like straightening wrinkles, double eyelid surgery, removing stomach stretch marks, removing fat, and even botox. Yes, dog botox.


For fuck’s sake.

[Photo: Chosun]

In recent years, South Korea has become famous (infamous?) for plastic surgery. I don’t have problems with adults getting plastic surgery (it’s your body, do what you like!), and I think the Korean plastic surgery stereotype can be unfair. But, I do have problems with people having their dogs get it.


I’m not alone, and many in South Korea feel the same way. A survey in Korean veterinarian magazine the Daily Vet reported that 63 percent of pet owners who were polled believed cosmetic surgery for dogs should be banned, while a Korean animal rights group called the unnecessary procedures “animal abuse.”

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