The fat and skinny about your pet’s weight


Just like with humans, talking about our pup’s weight can be awkward. The truth of the matter is that most of our pets are a bit on the pudgier side of the scales. Most of the time our pups are just “well loved”, other times a good grasp of a normal and appropriate body condition is eschewed.

Getting a handle on our pet’s weight is critical for providing them a long, happy, and healthy life.

While BMI, body mass index, is the human go to for evaluation of weight, BCS, or body condition scoring, is your veterinarians favorite tool. A nice waist and minimal fat covering your pet’s ribs indicates that their body condition score is anywhere from “normal” to “thin but normal.”

Ways to evaluated your pet's body condition score at home:

  1. Step 1- Fat coverage over ribs. Place thumbs on your pet's backbone and run fingers along their ribs. If you can feel the bony parts of each rib, then they're got a good condition. If you cannot feel the ribs, then your pet may need to lose weight
  2. Step 2- Check for a waist. When standing above your pet, you should see a clear distinction between their chest and wait. 
  3. Step 3- Side profile. No excess fat or fat pad should be seen. If noted, your pet may be overweight. 

Take a peek at this link for the basics of body condition scoring and grade your pet today! Body Condition Scoring for Dogs

Here's to healthy pup's and healthier waistlines!

Dr. Nicky


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