Bloodhound Dog Has Tummy Tuck And Facelift (PICTURES)
Source: Barcroft Media
A real life Droopy Dog has been transformed after having his second round cosmetic surgery in two years.
Junior the Bloodhound - who is a dead ringer for lovable cartoon pooch Droopy - has added a tummy tuck to last year's facelift.
Like the children's TV character, Junior's excess skin hung over his eyes and face.
In 2010 the five-year-old went under the surgeon's knife to have folds of skin removed from above his eyes allowing him to see.
Since then Junior has had another operation to get rid of droopy skin on his belly which was preventing him from running.
The cost of the dog's treatment totals more than £10,000.
His owners, Denise and David Smart from Selby, North Yorks. said they had no reservations about getting surgery for their pet.
Denise said: "It's taken years off him and he does look like a young man again.
"Before the operation he was fed up and looked like a grumpy old man.
"Now he's more mobile and he's got a new lease of life."
After having two benign tumours removed his chest area, the skin on Junior's belly began to droop and became infected.
He was taken to the vet at the start of the year and has since has three operations and 39 stitches to give him a taut belly.
Junior's facelift cost £1,200, while the tummy tuck cost £1,500. Further surgery and vet bills come to £6,000 while medication tops £1,000.
Denise and David had hoped their pet would follow in his Crufts award-winning dad's footsteps.
But following a run of health problems including eye ulcers and tumours, Junior has notched up an impressive amount of treatment.
Parent support advisor Denise, 49, said: "We absolutely wouldn't have done anything differently, he's so much happier.
"He must have felt awful for so long. He's like a child to us.
"We have insurance so we haven't spent our money - but if we didn't have insurance we would have still paid for the treatment."