Sabal Chase Animal Clinic

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Is My Pet Overweight? (Part 1 of 13)

If you suspect your pet is a “round hound” or a “curvy kitty”, you are not alone.  The number of American pets who are overweight or obese has reached an all-time high.  When determining whether or not a pet is overweight, veterinarians refer to the Body Conditioning Scale.  This allows both doctors and pet parents to quickly assess a pet’s weight loss needs, while factoring in body shape, breed, muscle tone, and size.

Another useful exercise is to try and feel your pet’s ribs.  If you can feel them easily, chances are good that your pet’s weight is ideal.  If you cannot feel them at all, or have to dig through squishy layers, it’s time to make some changes in their diet and lifestyle.  Stay tuned for tips on how to keep your furry friends healthy and fit for life!