A pet dog has had its second bout of cosmetic surgery in two years, topping the bill to $15 000 for his owners.
Five-year-old Junior first had a facelift to remove the excess skin from over his eyes, allowing him to see. It was then most recently a tummy tuck for the bloodhound to remove droopy skin from his stomach, which was preventing him from running. Bloodhounds are a breed known for their saggy skin, but Junior also suffers from a rare condition that causes excess skin to develop.
While many see this as an extraordinary expense for a pet, his owners said they wouldn't have anything differently, and that "He must have felt awful for so long. He's like a child to us."
This follows a report from the American Pets Association that Americans spent $50 billion on their pets in 2011 - the highest it's ever been.
Although food and vet expenses accounted for 65 percent of this, the fastest-growing category is services, which includes things like grooming, doggy daycares and spas.
While Junior's cosmetic surgery was necessary for his health and wellbeing, are pet owners spending far too much on their furry companions?
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