Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Old Dogs; New Digs

In Japan, it's Old Fidos at Home:

TOKYO -- Japan will get its first nursing home for dogs with round-the-clock monitoring by doctors and a team of puppies to help aging pooches feel younger, a pet products company said Wednesday.

....Veterinarians at the home will offer round-the-clock monitoring and residents will be fed specially fortified food....

The home, which can accept 20 dogs at one time, will also employ puppies to play with the aging dogs to help them keep fit and feel younger, the release said.

Analysts say that a boom in pet ownership in Japan, coupled with better health care and a more balanced diet, has led to a surge in elderly pets in Japan.

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