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TOKYO - A new Japanese nursing home has everything seniors could want, from a hair salon and 24-hour medical care to comfy beds and a swimming pool to keep those legs in shape -- all four of them. Credit: Kei Uesugi The facility in a Tokyo suburb is throwing open its doors to ageing dogs of all shapes and sizes with the promise of a comfortable retirement for the elderly canines, and their equally wrinkly human owners. Aeonpet Co., a unit of major shopping mall operator Aeon, billed its nursing home as the ticket for a pet-loving nation which also has a rapidly ageing population. "Many pets are getting old while their owners are also ageing. This is a serious social issue," company presi...

Feeding Older Cats

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Do you feed your older dog a senior dog food, or are you planning to do so when he reaches a certain age? If so, you might be interested in a few facts about dog foods that are ostensibly designed for the canine senior citizens among us. Credit: Thinkstock First of all, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has not developed specific nutrient recommendations for older dogs. Pet food manufacturers can pretty much call any food they make a "senior" diet so long as it complies with AAFCO's adult maintenance guidelines. Pet food companies often tout what makes their senior dog foods special (e.g., enhanced antioxidant levels, added omega-3 fatty acids, and the presence of ...

7 Great Reasons to Adopt a Senior Cat

November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month. Why might you want to consider adopting a senior cat? There are lots of good reasons. Here are seven of the best. 1. When you adopt a kitten, their personality is still developing. As a result, you won't know whether your new friend is going to be a lap cat or an independent spirit. With a senior, that's not true. Their personality is already fully developed, so what you see is what you get. You'll know right away whether your new feline companion is going to be a cuddlebug or an independent thinker. Keep in mind though that, in a shelter environment, your new cat's personality might not shine through quite as strongly because of the stress and fear a...

Feline Hyperthyroidism

Feline hyperthyroidism is a commonly diagnosed disease, particularly in our senior cats. The disease results in excess levels of thyroid hormone being produced in the thyroid gland and circulated through the affected cat's blood stream. This excess thyroid hormone has a number of effects on your cat's body. Symptoms commonly seen in cats with hyperthyroidism include: –An increased appetite (sometimes described as a voracious appetite) –Weight loss (often despite an increase in appetite) –Increased thirst –Increase urination –Vomiting –Diarrhea –Restlessness/hyperactivity RELATED: Vaccination Programs for Puppies and Kittens Besides these symptoms, several other complications can oc...