It is a well known fact that South Korea, particularly its capital of Seoul, is a hub for plastic surgery. With the highest standing rate of plastic surgery per capita, the trend of physical enhancement is always big business. Unfortunately, it has gotten a little off-leash - literally - as the practice has now been expanded to included dogs.
While plastic surgery has been performed on pets worldwide to alter their appearance after horrible abuse or injury, according to the popular South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo, there has been a marked increase in plastic surgery on dogs in the country for purely cosmetic reasons.
Fortunately, while the majority of South Koreans support a person's right to plastic surgery, 63% of its residents find plastic surgery for pets wrong or wholly unnecessary. However, there are still others that stand by it. A Seoul veterinarian, Dr. Yoon, claims that it is the "owner's right" to be able to make their dog beautiful via plastic surgery as well as attests to the fact that the surgery is medically safe.
Diving deeper into this seemingly obscure procedure, there are actually a number of specific procedures tailored towards pets that allow their owners to achieve ridiculously high standards of beauty for them. The procedures range from shortening a dog's ears and tail for a "cuter" appearance, fat removal, doggy botox to remove those adorable wrinkles, and even a lift to give them a perkier face. Many of the most devout critics are calling for this practice to be banned (aside from those that fill a medical need) as the animals don't have a choice in the matter like humans do.
Clothes, strollers, and sunglasses for pets are all pretty strange, but plastic surgery? That takes the cake.