Need a New Year's resolution? How about making sure your pet is healthy by maintaining its ideal weight? It is just as important for your pet to be at an ideal weight as it is for you! Below are some questions you should consider when thinking about your pet's health.
Is my pet overweight?
Dr. Ken Lambrecht, Medical Director at West Towne Veterinary Center, recommends using the 1 to 9 Purina Body Condition Score (BCS) approach to determine if your pet is overweight. This is accomplished by feeling the pet's ribs and trunk and lumbosacral area (around the hips). By feeling their ribs just behind the foreleg, you should be able to verify if your pet is overweight. It should feel the same as your fingers below your knuckles when you make a fist. If you cannot feel the ribs easily in this area, your pet may be overweight. Muscle condition should be scored at each veterinary visit as well and is especially important in older cats that tend to lose muscle mass.