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Plastic Surgery For Pets Increasing (19th August, 2011)

A British pet insurance company has said plastic surgery for pets is increasing. The insurer, Petplan, reported a 25 per cent increase in spending on cosmetic surgery for cats and dogs. In 2010, the company paid almost $2.5 million for nose operations for dogs and over $1.6 million for eyelid lifts. Petplan managers say the rise in cosmetic surgery means animals can live “healthier and more active lives”. Many operations are for medical reasons. Some dogs have nose jobs to help fix breathing problems.

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The trend for cosmetic surgery on pets started in the USA. Pet owners there can pay for many different operations for their pets. Dogs can even get braces to straighten their teeth. One of the most common operations is eyelid lifts. These are for bulldogs, bloodhounds and other dogs whose eyelids can drop over their eyes. The operation helps the dog see better. The cost of medical insurance for pets is not cheap. Dog lovers must pay an average of $560 a year, while cat owners have to pay just over $250.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

pet insurance

a.

in spending

2

a 25 per cent increase

b.

active lives

3.

nose operations

c.

breathing problems

4.

healthier and more

d.

for dogs

5.

Many operations are for medical

e.

company

6.

help fix

f.

reasons

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The trend for

a.

their teeth

2

get braces to straighten

b.

owners

3.

One of the most

c.

of $560 a year

4.

eyelids can drop

d.

cosmetic surgery

5.

Dog lovers must pay an average

e.

over their eyes

6.

cat

f.

common operations


LISTENING GAP FILL

A British pet insurance company ____________________ surgery for pets is increasing. The insurer, Petplan, reported a 25 per cent ____________________ on cosmetic surgery for cats and dogs. In 2010, the company ____________________ million for nose operations for dogs and over $1.6 million for eyelid lifts. Petplan managers ____________________ cosmetic surgery means animals can live “healthier and more active lives”. Many operations are ____________________. Some dogs have nose jobs to ____________________ problems.

The trend for cosmetic surgery on ____________________ USA. Pet owners there can pay for many different operations for their pets. Dogs ____________________ to straighten their teeth. One ____________________ operations is eyelid lifts. These are for bulldogs, bloodhounds and ____________________ eyelids can drop over their eyes. The operation helps ____________________. The cost of medical insurance for pets is not cheap. ____________________ an average of $560 a year, while cat owners have to pay just over $250.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

A British pet insurance (1) ____ has said plastic surgery for pets is increasing. The insurer, Petplan, reported a 25 per cent increase (2) ____ spending on cosmetic surgery for cats and dogs. In 2010, the company (3) ____ almost $2.5 million for nose operations for dogs and over $1.6 million for eyelid (4) ____. Petplan managers say the rise in cosmetic surgery means animals can live “(5) ____ and more active lives”. Many operations are for medical reasons. Some dogs have nose jobs to help (6) ____ breathing problems.

The trend (7) ____ cosmetic surgery on pets started in the USA. Pet owners (8) ____ can pay for many different operations for their pets. Dogs can even get braces to (9) ____ their teeth. One of the most common operations is eyelid lifts. (10) ____ are for bulldogs, bloodhounds and other dogs whose eyelids can drop over their eyes. The operation helps the dog see better. The cost (11) ____ medical insurance for pets is not cheap. Dog (12) ____ must pay an average of $560 a year, while cat owners have to pay just over $250.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

companies

(b)

company

(c)

companions

2.

(a)

in

(b)

at

(c)

by

3.

(a)

sold

(b)

bought

(c)

paid

4.

(a)

highs

(b)

lifts

(c)

up

5.

(a)

healthier

(b)

health

(c)

healthily

6.

(a)

mix

(b)

six

(c)

fix

7.

(a)

for

(b)

at

(c)

so

8.

(a)

their

(b)

there

(c)

they’re

9.

(a)

straight

(b)

straighten

(c)

straightened

10.

(a)

These

(b)

Them

(c)

They

11.

(a)

on

(b)

at

(c)

of

12

(a)

loves

(b)

lovely

(c)

lovers


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

insurance acpoynm

2.

a 25 per cent ceesarni

3.

ienspdgn on cosmetic surgery

4.

over $1.6 inmllio

5.

healthier and more eacivt lives

6.

fix hagrtebin problems

 

Paragraph 2

7.

The ntdre for cosmetic surgery

8.

many feriendft operations

9.

titerasghn their teeth

10.

the most nmomoc

11.

Dog vroles

12.

cat osnrwe


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

for cats and dogs. In 2010, the company paid almost $2.5 million for nose operations for dogs and over $1.6

(    )

“healthier and more active lives”. Many operations are for medical

(    )

increasing. The insurer, Petplan, reported a 25 per cent increase in spending on cosmetic surgery

(    )

for many different operations for their pets. Dogs can even get braces to straighten

(    )

The trend for cosmetic surgery on pets started in the USA. Pet owners there can pay

(    )

million for eyelid lifts. Petplan managers say the rise in cosmetic surgery means animals can live

1  )

A British pet insurance company has said plastic surgery for pets is

(    )

reasons. Some dogs have nose jobs to help fix breathing problems.

(    )

better. The cost of medical insurance for pets is not cheap. Dog lovers must pay an  average of $560 a year, while cat owners have to pay just over $250.

(    )

their teeth. One of the most common operations is eyelid lifts. These are for bulldogs, bloodhounds and other

(    )

dogs whose eyelids can drop over their eyes. The operation helps the dog see


WORD JUMBLE

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

on    %    spending    surgery    25    in    cosmetic    A    increase.   

2.

Almost     nose     $2.5      operations      million      for.

3.

lives    healthier    and    Animals    more    can    active    live.   

4.

are    medical    operations    for    reasons    Many.   

5.

help    to    jobs    Nose    problems    breathing    fix.   

6.

on    surgery    cosmetic    for    trend    The    pets.   

7.

straighten    teeth    Get    to    their    braces.   

8.

see    dog    the    helps    operation    The    better.   

9.

average    560    lovers    an    $    Dog    pay    of    must.   

10.

over    have    just    250    owners    pay    $    Cat    to.   


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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WRITING

Write about plastic surgery for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. PLASTIC SURGERY: Search the Internet and find more information about plastic surgery. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about plastic surgery for pets. Include imaginary interviews with some pets. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a pet owner who paid for plastic surgery for his/her pet. Ask him/her three questions about plastic surgery. Give him/her three of your opinions on it. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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