For the rower Kat Copeland, 2012 was a year to remember: she not only won a gold medal at the London Olympics, but she also acquired a pug, called Doug, as a birthday present. In the six years since then, her pet has suffered a series of health problems: he has had eye surgery to remove scar tissue from an ulcer, an operation to help his breathing, and treatment for a slipped disc.
â€śIâ€™m lucky because my mum and dad are vets and do a lot of his medical tests,â€ť said Copeland, who won Olympic gold in the lightweight double sculls with Sophie Hosking. â€śBecause pugs can have so many health problems, he has still been really expensive.â€ť
Dougâ€™s treatments have cost ÂŁ3,800 in total;â€¦