|But many Brazilian dog lovers believe it is unethical for a surgically-enhanced animal to win a top show.
`You really hope people won`t bring you dogs like that,` says Suzanne Blum, who has been judging competitions for more than a decade. `At a crowded show the judges get only three minutes with each animal. That`s not long enough to tell whether a dog has had surgery.`
The main objection to cosmetic surgery, voiced by Brazilian animal welfare groups, is that it might be used to conceal genetic defects.
Suzanne Blum offers an example: `A dog may have surgery to correct imperfect teeth or a tail. And then it might win a show. At that point, it commands huge stud fees - even though it has a concealed genetic defect.`
Is canine cosmetic surgery illegal?
Back at his Sao Paulo clinic Dr Edgard Brito is dismissive of calls for new legislation.
`It`s perfectly reasonable to use simple surgery to make a dog beautiful,` he says. `There`s nothing unethical about that.
`But I agree that vets should not conceal hereditary defects. It`s not fair on the dog, the judges or the other competitors.`
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