Melbourne: A survey has revealed that pet owners in Australia do not think twice about the amount of money they spend on their pet pooches.
The Bankwest study found NSW dog owners spend an average of more than 25,000 dollars on their pooches over their lifetime, and that doesn’t even include the initial purchase price, reports the Daily Telegraph.
Daily meals account for almost half the total cost, and along with vet bills it’s luxuries such as Christmas presents, sunglasses, “doggycino” drinks and puppy perfumes that send costs soaring.
Lake Macquarie schoolteacher Lee Fairbairn is one owner happy to part with her cash to keep her four-legged friends happy.
Her two shih tzu-cross pooches, Pepper and Bella, each enjoy 50 dollars grooming sessions every 4-6 weeks, 30 dollars touch-ups in between, meals of mince and expensive liver treats.