Nursing Homes for Elderly Dogs????

  1. "Are you worried that when you can't walk and diapers replace your sexy underwear your kids will put you in a nursing home? Your dog may have the same fear if you live in Japan.

    A Japanese pet company is opening a nursing home for elderly dogs, providing round-the-clock veterinary care, a specialist gym and a swimming pool. This place may have better care then what you would get as a human. "

    I can see doggie daycare.......but would you put your pet in a nursing home??

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  3. by   Davey Do
    Quote from tnbutterfly
    A Japanese pet company is opening a nursing home for elderly dogs
  4. by   Spidey's mom
    What's the point of having a pet if you put it in a nursing home? I wouldn't do it.
  5. by   Davey Do
    Quote from Spidey's mom
    What's the point of having a pet if you put it in a nursing home?
  6. by   tnbutterfly
    Davey Do.........I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!

  7. by   sharpeimom
    We noticed that our eleven year old Mannie was moving slowly on July 28 and immediately took him to the vet. Shar pei normally live from eight to ten years on average. He was eating normally, drinking normally, moving slowly (which was a change,) and his potty habits were as usual. He was weighed and his weight was exactly what it had been a month prior when he had had his semi-annual checkup. His eyes were bright and his tail had its usual wag. He no longer went upstairs unless he was carried. He'd been hit by a truck when he was eleven months old when the clasp on his harness snapped and we'd known since then that arthritis would be a problem some day.

    He got a thorough exam and were told to bring him out two days later for some tests. He had X-rays first, which showed he was full of bloody fluid. It was biopsied and found to be full of cancer cells. The fluid had not been there Monday.

    Had he been in a doggie nursing home, I seriously doubt they would have noticed the subtle changes in him. The vet called us and reported and said soon he would have been in horrific pain if we had drained the fluid off and taken him home. Herb went and held him while the shot was given. He settled right into Herb's arms and drifted off while being rocked.

    Nursing home for one of our furry babies? No. I don't care how good the care is, it isn't humane.
  8. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    Couldn't see doing it myself. It would make me feel worse. The cost of love is easier to bear than the price of LTC for pets.
  9. by   TopazLover
    Interesting that we are willing to put other people in NH when they have difficulty in communication or have dementia and rely on those who give comfort. I am not wanting to put my dog in a NH either but recognize there are situations where it would be helpful. A great dog sitter is invaluable. Mine notices all kinds of things with my dog. If she were not able I would have to put my dog in a NH situation if I had to work FT and had a family who was very active.

    Near us is a hospice for dogs. It is run by an older couple who provide end of life care for dogs. There are dogs who need this also. A vet's office is not the place for my dog to have to spend her last days if I have any choice.

    Given the economy here I doubt that we have to worry about NH for dogs.
  10. by   imintrouble
  11. by   Dewman
    Dog nursing homes???
    Further proof that some people have WAY more money than sense...
  12. by   Glycerine82
    I know this is a tad old, but wow.

    I rescue animals whenever I can, and recently I ran into a local rescuer who had this poor cat at the vet for a biopsy.

    This animal was missing half of its face from a horrible infection and was just so pitiful looking. My heart just bled when I saw him and all I could think was "WHY".

    To take this poor, homeless, sick, injured cat who is clearly in a ton of pain and try to rehab him is just beyond my comprehension.
    I think it would be so much more humane to euthanize him and end his suffering, not only physical but emotional, because he was so scared.

    I don't get it, sometimes I think I must be heartless, because I often see rescues trying to save sick, debilitated animals and I always think about how many other animals could be saved with the money they're using on vet bills.
  13. by   No Stars In My Eyes
    I agree. There is a point at which an animal should be put down out of pure kindness. I know that many rescues have been nursed back to health and go on to have a happy life, but I think a case-by-case consideration is called for. An animal does not get to declare an advanced directive or living will. Death would not be the worst thing, in some circumstances.