What is WRONG with people??
Cosmetic Surgery and Botox for Pets a Growing Trend in South Korea
Some of the popular procedures include tail shortening and ear trimming for dogs, to make them ‘cute’ with pointy ears. Fat reduction is another popular surgery, along with stretch marks removal, wrinkle smoothing, double eyelid removal and even botox injections. These procedures start from $60 and ostensibly run into the thousands.
If cosmetic surgery is done to improve the health and lives of the pets, or even save their lives after an accident or something (which is how it originally began), then fine. But this? Come on.
In fact, a few vets are actually pitching cosmetic surgery to pet owners. According to an article in Chosun Daily, a woman visited a vet to get vaccinations for her five-month-old puppy. The doctor, however, asked if she wanted to close the gap in the canine’s mouth which he considered unappealing from a cosmetic perspective.
Last week’s pet food recall recall is getting pretty disturbing. Not only has it made cats and dogs across the county sick (or die), but now we heard that the pet food company ran some tests and initiated the recall only after one in six animals had died from testing. Ouch. Poor kitties & doggies.
What surprises me is that a filler like wheat gluten can be the cause of such a large outbreak of kidney failure and other nastiness, when most pet food companies use other disgusting ingredients that may have been the cause of cancer and other, “slower” pet illnesses over the years. If you own a cat or dog, you’d do lil’ Fluffy a service by reading the book Food Pets Die For: Shocking Facts About Pet Food. Sounds like a wacky conspiracy book, right? Nope. Basically it claims that the big pet food companies actually include ground-up cats & dogs, with all their (former) diseases and medications, as part of the “meat” in their products. Don’t believe it? Read the book, it’s all right there and it’s simply unbelievable that they can get away with it. Some companies have changed their ingredients in light of this, some have not. But if I had a pet, I’d be researching the hell out of every ingredient listed on the can.
Oh my God. There’s actually a product out there called Bow-Lingual which claims to translate your dog’s bark into messages you can understand. This device even records your dog’s barks while you’re on vacation so you can figure out if he missed you while you were away…wow, simply amazing. *snicker* I’m not about to say that this product doesn’t work, because I don’t know…it’s entirely possible that it does. However, if you own a dog and love it as the family pet, you can tell when it’s happy and glad to see you. You can tell when it’s freaked out or defensive. As a pet owner, you come to know these things naturally. At least, every dog owner I’ve ever known seems to know their dogs’ behavior extremely well (except for those cruel bastards who keep their dog chained to a post in the back yard 24 hours a day and never spend time with it). Same goes for cats…cat owners know their cats’ moods very well. If you pay your dog any real amount of attention, you don’t need an electronic device to “decode” his barks to figure out if he’s happy or sad or assertive. Thanks to Troy for this passing along this treat. 🙂
By the way, what’s with all these websites that force you to use Flash to view them? Stop that!