Foreigners with low Japanese-language ability who live in Tokyo and have pets often worry about finding proper care for their animals and medical professionals who can communicate the necessary diagnostic and treatment information.

Tracey Perkins, an Australian who lives in Minato Ward with two dogs and two cats, panicked when her cat was attacked by a dog next door and suffered a broken leg.

Perkins needed to take the cat to a veterinary hospital in a hurry but was not sure she could explain the situation in Japanese. However, she was lucky enough to find an animal hospital that offers consultations in English — Daktari Animal Hospital Angell Memorial International in Tokyo's upscale Shirokanedai district.