Dog spas I get, but seriously, canine cosmetic surgery? I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the process is so popular in South Korea, which for the last three years has been the world’s capital for plastic surgery.

While medical procedures to better or save the lives of dogs are understandable, that’s not the majority of the operations taking place in South Korea. An example of a good surgery involves Shar Peis. These dogs, often referred to as the elders of the canine world because of their wrinkled skin, frequently need surgery to move their skin folds around in order to prevent bacteria from gathering in the wrinkles and causing infections.

Examples of unnecessary surgery performed on dogs in South Korea include liposuction, Botox to decrease wrinkles, widening the eyes, and the removal of stretch marks. None of these procedures improve the life of the pet and are simply representative of the owner’s vanity. Unfortunately, these procedures are not legally animal abuse, as the South Korean animal rights law only has specific limitations on neutering, docking tails, and cropping ears.

Hopefully this gap in the law will soon be corrected. In a study conducted recently by South Korean veterinarians, over 60% of the pet owners polled stated that plastic surgery for dogs should be illegal. Good to know that at least the majority of dog owners in South Korea have souls.

Three cute Shar Pei puppies


Steve Pame

Steve Pame

A part-time graduate student and high school teacher, Steve enjoys just about anything that makes him forget all the student loans he'll never be able to pay back. He enjoys visiting his extended family, spread throughout the world, whenever he has a chance.