TREATS ARE GOOD!
To help your four-legged family member stay at a healthy weight:
• Treat them with low calorie snacks.
• Know how many calories are in a serving of your pet food.
• Feed the correct amount by measuring your pets food.
• Your pet will always ask for more food or treats—you will have to learn to say “NO”.
• Provide exercise for your pet—find activities they get excited about.
• Provide your pets with toys that will stimulate their minds and encourage play.
• When pets feel good, they will have more energy and be more active.
We are here to help, and to answer any questions you might have!
1 Ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and all bony prominences evident from a distance. No discernible body fat. Obvious loss of muscle mass.
2 Ribs easily palpated and may be visible with no palpable fat. Tops of lumbar vertebrae visible; pelvic bones becoming prominent. Obvious waist and abdominal tuck.
3 Ribs easily palpable, with minimal fat
coving. Waist easily noted, viewed from above. Abdominal tuck evident.
4 Ribs palpable, without excess fat covering. Waist observed behind ribs when viewed from above. Abdomen tucked up when viewed from side.
5 Ribs palpable with difficulty; heavy fat cover. Noticeable fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent or barely visible. Abdominal tuck may be present.
6 Massive fat deposits over thorax, spine and base of tail. Waist and abdominal tuck absent. Fat deposits on neck and limbs. Obvious abdominal distention.
...on pet obesity. We can help you choose the right food and treats to help your pet maintain their ideal weight.
BODY CONDITION SYSTEM
Here are some basic things to look for to keep your pet at their optimum weight for maximum health.
1 Ribs visible on short-haired cats;
no palpable fat; severe abdominal tuck; lumbar vertebrae and wings of ilia easily palpated.
2 Ribs easily palpable with minimal fat covering; lumbar vertebrae obvious; obvious waist behind ribs; minimal abdominal fat.
3 Well-proportioned; observe waist behind ribs; ribs palpable with slight fat covering; abdominal fat pad minimal.
4 Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering; waist and abdominal fat pad distinguishable but not obvious; abdominal tuck absent.
5 Ribs not palpable with excess fat covering; waist absent; obvious rounding of abdomen, moderate abdominal fat pad.
6 Ribs not palpable under heavy fat cover; heavy fat deposits over lumbar area, face and limbs; distention of abdomen with no waist; extensive
abdominal fat deposits.