Is My Pet Overweight? (Part 1 of 13)
If you suspect your pet is a â€œround houndâ€ or a â€œcurvy kittyâ€, 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 petâ€™s weight loss needs, while factoring in body shape, breed, muscle tone, and size.
Another useful exercise is to try and feel your petâ€™s ribs. If you can feel them easily, chances are good that your petâ€™s weight is ideal. If you cannot feel them at all, or have to dig through squishy layers, itâ€™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!