Checking your dogs weight?
Checking your Dogs weight? Dogs are very unique, you should also be aware how they process the nutrients and energy in their food?
Owning a dog means keeping a close eye on your dog’s body score and working to maintain an ideal score of “3” throughout all stages of your dog’s life.
Dogs are very much like people processing the food they eat in a slightly different way, dependent on their age and activity level. When your dog gets more calories than they need, the excess calories get stored as fat, the worst-case scenario is, it can lead to obesity in dogs!
Every dog owner should teach themselves simple techniques in performing body condition scoring for your pet, by regularly using this in combination with the correct nutrition and exercise, helping ensure you’re doing the very best for your dog’s health, says Jane at localvet.co.uk.
Checking your dog’s weight and monitoring your dog’s weight regularly is a good start, but this can be tricky if they are a large breed or just very furry. As there is a lot of variation between breeds.” That’s where body condition scoring can make checking easier”.
Body condition scoring helps you to assess the amount of fat your dog is carrying and can be easy to do at home without scales, you can identify problems in overweight dogs before scales can show a big change. What’s more, this method applies to nearly every type of dog, whether they’re big, small, wiry or extremely furry!
Body condition scoring for your dog is really simple if you follow some easy steps. It uses a scale of 1 to 5, “with 1 meaning really underweight and 5 meaning or really overweight”.
Using a dog’s body condition score between 1 and 5, with “3” being considered ideal, not too big or not too small, which is around where your dog should be. Working out your dog’s current body condition score? Starting with these three areas you should check first.
You have an overweight dog if you find it difficult to feel their ribs because of a heavy fat cover is in the way. There are noticeable fat deposits over their lumbar area and the base of their tail. Their waist absent or barely visible and their abdominal tuck might or might not be present.
They have massive fat deposits over their thorax, spine and the base of their tail. Their waist and abdominal tuck is absent, and they have fat deposits on their neck and limbs. There is obvious abdominal distention.
Your dog’s ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones are easily visible.
You have an underweight dog if their ribs are easily felt and may be visible. The tops of their lumbar vertebrae are visible, their pelvic bones becoming prominent, and they have a prominent waist.
Things you need to do!
Having determined your dog’s body condition score! when? is the time to think about what action needs to be taken. If your dog is over- or underweight, ask your vet for advice on getting it back into shape.
Keeping your dog at a good weight will enhance their quality of life too, so you really need to keep checking your dog’s weight?
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