Health spa for dogs in Japan


TOKYO: So good has a dog's life become in Japan that an increasing number of pampered pooches are hounded by weight problems. 

But now canines eager to cut calories can turn to a special doggie health spa for help that includes running on treadmills and a long soak in a therapeutic bath. 

PAMPERED CANINES: Disney, a Shetland sheepdog, trotting on a doggie treadmill during a workout in Tokyo on Saturday.- Reuterspic

The service is just another in a growing line of products allowing pet-loving Japanese to lavish their animals with the latest in luxury care. 

Recently, a Shetland sheep dog named Disney panted gamely on a tiny treadmill - made specially for animals - before a long soak in a bubbling Jacuzzi.  

“Running alone doesn't yield weight loss results as fast,” said Kensuke Hirakawa, explaining the reasons behind the “Ken 21” doggie spa he runs in a corner of his pet health food store. – Reuters  

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