Plastic Surgery For Fido

Plastic surgeon gives Dog Botox injection
Cosmetic surgery for pets has been around a long time in forms such as ear-cropping and tail docking. But now, some owners are turning to veterinarians for facelifts and even tummy tucks for their prized pets.

It leads The Early Show resident veterinarian, Dr. Debbye Turner to wonder, are they barking up the wrong tree?

Marjorie Dye freely admits she's had some work done. And as far as she's concerned, what's good for her is good for her dog, Bodie.

Laughing she says, "I figured, if I could do it (and mine was more severe) I'm sure it wouldn't be a problem for him."

Bodie had what she called a relaxed lower lip, which caused him to drool constantly. Solution: Cosmetic surgery.

Board certified veterinary surgeon Dr. Alan Shulman fixed up Bodie.

He performs a number of appearance-enhancing procedures on pets, such as facelifts and breast reductions.

But Shulman insists he won't nip and tuck the four-legged friends for beauty's sake alone.

"You really need a good, ethical veterinary surgeon to know where that line is," Shulman says. "It is, I believe, inappropriate to go ahead and do truly cosmetic procedures on animals that have nothing to do with the animal's medical benefit."

But that doesn't stop his clients from asking.

"Certainly, we get people who are coming in asking for botox and collagen for their animals," Shulman says. "If it's going to happen anywhere in the United States, it's going to happen here" in southern California, where plastic surgery is hardly rare. So you might expect a nip or tuck on dogs.

One Los Angeles community, however, is trying to ban some pet plastic surgeries.

West Hollywood City Councilman John Duran got a bill passed banning de-clawing.

"We went after what I consider the most outrageous act which, is the declawing of cats," he says. "We consider that act of de-clawing cats to be a form of animal cruelty."

The California Veterinary Medical Association takes issue with his efforts and has filed a lawsuit.