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New methods of pet ‘pampering’ include fake testicles and facials

Dog gets facial via AFP

 Gregg MillerNicole MalliotakisThe Raw Story

People and their pets often end up resembling each other, but image-obsessed Americans are taking that age-old relationship a step further, treating their four-legged friends to everything from spa facials to testicle implants.

In a nation of surgically enhanced human breasts, teeth and skin, perhaps it was just a matter of time before the beauty stakes were raised for pooches and cats.

One end of the spectrum features dogs like Hops, a Maltese terrier who recently was given a blueberry facial, followed by a blow dry, and tooth brushing with chicken-flavored paste, at Manhattan’s Downtown Doghouse spa.

Groomer Ani Corless described this as the new normal for lapdogs.

“These are man-made breeds and they require maintenance,” she said.

Mid-facial, Hops ejected a tiny puddle of vomit, but otherwise did seem to enjoy the attention.

More extreme — and painful — makeovers are also gaining ground.

New York Republican lawmaker Nicole Malliotakis says animals are subjected to tattoos, earrings, nose rings, chin rings, tummy tucks, even facelifts.

Owner of two Chihuahuas called Peanut and Olympia, Malliotakis has proposed a law to ban cosmetic alterations to pets in New York state, calling this “a form of animal cruelty.”

“I would never think of putting my dog through any of these procedures,” she told AFP.

But Gregg Miller, founder of a company called Neuticles, says Malliotakis is “nuts” and exaggerating the problem.

Nuts might be a favorite word for Miller, whose company outside Kansas City leads the world in manufacturing fake animal testicles.

Created from the same silicone used to enlarge women’s breasts, Neuticles fill the space left when a pet is neutered.

“We’ve Neuticled well over 500,000 pets in the United States and all over the world — dogs, cats, horses bulls, monkeys, rats, water buffalo,” Miller said.

Prices range between $119 for the XSmall pair and $599 for the XXLarge with attached epididymis.

Miller got the idea back in 1993 when he wanted to help his bloodhound Buck overcome post-neutering blues.

“We know, they know, they’re missing,” he said, citing dogs’ loving relationships with their private parts. “With Neuticles, they don’t know anything is gone.”

Vets and even animal rights campaigners like Malliotakis say fake testicles — typically inserted right when the real ones come out — are not cruel.

“I’ve done it on my own dogs and I think it’s wonderful,” Maryland veterinarian Flavia DelMastro told AFP.

She doesn’t believe a neutered dog cares about losing its testicles. However, replacing that missing weight is beneficial for healing, “especially for big dogs, because when you remove those large testicles you still have a big scrotum.”

One prominent fan of Neuticles is the flesh-baring, reality TV siren Kim Kardashian, whose dog Rocky reportedly underwent the exchange.

However, Tazi Phillips, at the California-based magazine and charity GlobalAnimal.org, says “ridiculous” Neuticles are part of a trend of anthropomorphism gone wild.

She cited implants to make floppy ears stand straight, declawing to prevent scratching, and tooth removal to stop destructive chewing.

Some owners of dogs like Dobermans practice ear and tail cropping to make their animals conform to the ideal shape of their breed. Then there are human vanity procedures, like tattoos, piercings, liposuction and rhinoplasty.

“A lot of this has happened as pets have become less property and more family members,” Phillips said.

Advocates of cosmetic tinkering say the Hollywood treatment is just a way to show pets love.

The National Association of Professional Creative Groomers website, http://thenapcg.com/, features eye-popping examples of dogs shaved and dyed to look like football fans, Halloween ghouls and what appear to be canine versions of over-the-top pop singer Lady Gaga.

“Is it abuse?” the NAPCG asks. “We at the NAPCG believe that animals are not embarrassed by their appearance… If we tell our pets that they are beautiful and treat them as such, they will respond positively to this type of positive feedback.”

According to the American Pet Products Association, nearly $53 billion will be spent on pets in 2012. The biggest portion goes on food, but the “pet services” category, which includes grooming, is estimated to be worth $4.11 billion and rising.

Miller concedes he’s in a strange business. “If you’d told me 20 years ago that I’d be selling dog testicles today I’d have told you you’re nuts.”

But he refuses to accept the criticism. “If someone wants their dog to have testicles so he retains his God-given look, what’s wrong with that?”

DelMastro said the line between what is fun and cruel should be drawn at where pain comes in.

“You have to think about the animals,” she said. “If you want a nose ring, then put it on yourself.”

**Many pets gain wait after being neutered or spayed, if there were hormones available to help them with their weight or health I’d be all for it!  And if you want to have a little fun and dress your pets in a costume of an event or holiday or a coat when it is is cold… great!!  Skin treatments if your dog has a need for dry skin, bites, rashes, etc are a sign of good pet parenting. 

But ear and tail cropping, tattoos, piercings  like earrings, nose rings and chin rings, liposuction and rhinoplasty, implanting neuticles, plastic surgery like tummy tucks, facelifts etc. unless after an accident or deformity, dying animals fur and treatments using toxic chemicals are all ‘crazy’ and more harmful and painful for the pet than anything positive it could provide.  Wake-up people… there are animals and people everywhere in need that could use some help.  Donate your money instead of torturing your pets and animals!!  JOMP**

May 22, 2012 Posted by | Animal or Pet Related Stories, animals, Chihuahua, Dogs, Dogs, Just One More Pet, Pet Abuse, Pets | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Doggy MRIs: Pampered pets receive state of the art health care

When a pet gets sick, many owners will pay almost anything to be sure he gets better.

Fluffy and Fido tug at an owner’s heart. So we buy the highest quality pet food or a special formula depending on if he’s young or old or too chubby. Or, for the more holistic-minded, an owner might opt for an organic, vitamin-enriched dog or cat food.

And when a pet gets sick, many owners will pay almost anything to be sure he gets better, including chemotherapy for cancer, a kidney transplant or hip replacement surgery.

Humans have ancient relations with their animal companions. Burial evidence of cats as pets dates back over 8,000 years and for dogs about half that long. These early pets provided their masters with both companionship and survival skills such as hunting assistance, according to experts.

Over the years, as domesticated cats and dogs became increasingly docile, the pet-human relationship evolved. And while an animal’s survival instincts may have been compromised along the way – how many of our pets could actually support themselves in the wild? – there are some perks.

Today, with pets considered more like four-footed people, owners are laying out big bucks for such pet-pampering services as styling salons, doggie day camps, and massage therapy.

And modern pets are also reaping the benefits of human technological advances with more animals receiving medical treatments such as chemotherapy, organ transplants, radiation, CAT scans, MRIs, laser surgery, root canals and even braces.

And in the case of MRIs, “your dog or cat can get an MRI faster than us as humans,” Randy Valpy of Petplan Insurance told the Toronto Star.

According to the report, these increasingly advanced health care options for animals come at no small expense. A dog or cat can receive state of the art imaging, for example, for about $1,000 and radiation therapy for as much as $5,000. And if you want an ultrasound, prepare to pay from $400 to $800.

The Ontario Veterinary College’s Teaching Hospital at Guelph offers radiation therapy for dogs and cats with cancer. Treatment of an animal ranges from $500 to $5,000.

Depending on the severity of the condition, an owner can pay tens of thousands of dollars for a pet’s veterinary care. And as a result, more people are considering pet insurance as a means of protecting their animals – and their wallets.

“We’ve seen invoices that run from $10,000 to $30,000 to treat a variety of conditions,” said Peter Weinstein, medical director for Veterinary Pet Insurance in California. The company sold more than 360,000 pet insurance policies in 2005, vs. 157,000 in 2000.

And about 1,100 U.S. companies offer VPI’s pet insurance as an employee benefit, he added.
Depending on the plan, pet insurance in Canada can cost from $9.95 to $90 a month, with the average cost somewhere around $30. Many insurance companies, including Petplan, Petcare, and PC Financial Pet Insurance, offer potential customers online quotes for a range of coverage plans.

Sophisticated medical treatments and surgical techniques have undoubtedly boasted the life span of pets. “Thirty years ago in the U.S. the average age of a dog was 4 years; the average age of a cat was 3 years,” Bonnie Beaver, past president of the American Veterinary Medical Association told CNN.

Today, the average lifespan of a dog is between eight and 12 years, says Beaver.

Pet owners report ‘unconditional love’ as the main reason for Fido and Fluffy-fretting— to the tune of billions of dollars in North America each year.

Article By: Cynthia Ross Cravit – 50Plus.com

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