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Japanese firm develops health monitor for dogs

Atlas relaxes in the bed of one of the suites at D Pet Hotel Chelsea August 17, 2012 in New York. A true double bed with fluffy pillows, a flat-screen TV, a gym and meals cooked by a chef: a luxury reserved for dogs will opened in New York, where nothing is too good for man's best friend. The hotel for dogs offers a fitness center, private chef and a suite for USD 200 per night. TOPSHOTS AFP PHOTO/DON EMMERT

TOKYO: Worried the family dog is too chubby?

Japanese information technology giant Fujitsu says it may have the solution with a new health management service that lets owners keep a close eye on their pet's exercise regimen through a pedometer attached to its collar.

The "Wandant" counts how many steps the pooch took during its latest outing, with the data then available online for pet owners' perusal, Fujitsu says.

"Wan" is Japanese for "woof", while "dant" comes from the word "pendant".

The device also measures the dog's temperature, while owners can use an online diary to track how much their dog is eating, its weight and "stool conditions".

"The data are presented graphically on a custom website that makes trends in the dog's activities easy to understand at a glance," according to the firm.

"This helps owners get a stronger sense of their dog's health, while enabling communication with the dog."

 

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