Are Cosmetic Prosthetics for Pets a Good Thing?

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Though I’m aware the rest of the world may regardone-eyed petsas a rather disgusting novelty, to me they look perfectly normal. Meanwhile, those with prosthetic eyeballs seem eerily reminiscent of beady-eyed, freeze-dried taxidermied animals. But I’m a veterinarian, so perhaps I am to be excused for my insensitivity to cosmetic “errors” in my patients. After all, I’m accustomed to a bevy of beautiful one-eyed patients.What’s so wrong about a missing eye that the pet would need a potentially problematic or useless bit of equipment to make up for the loss?

To me, cosmetic prosthetics seem more vain than useful, less purposeful than wasteful. Pets don’t know they’re missing an eye (Slumdog least of all). If anything, they may perceive they haven’t any vision on that side. They go about their lives in almost exactly the same way, despite the occasional ball-catching accident (in which the ball bounces off their face) and the increased tendency to bump into walls on the afflicted side.

Indeed, animals don’t have the cognitive ability to emotionally fret over whether they’ve just lost a lung or an eye, a tooth or a toe. All they can manage is the in-the-moment-ness of it all.

Which is why sometimes it’s best to move on and not call attention to the loss with potentially uncomfortable prosthetics, so pets can get back to feeling “normal” as quickly as possible. And that’s the most miraculous outcome of all. Inspirational posters be damned.

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