A 7-year-old, spayed female cat
Abnormal Body Condition
Worldwide, studies estimate that up to 63% of pet cats and 59.3% of pet dogs are overweight or obese.1 This condition is linked with many diseases, including osteoarthritis and feline diabetes.2,3 Studies also show that overweight or obese pets do not live as long as their leaner counterparts.4-6 Despite the serious health consequences of excess weight, surveys show that pet owners often do not perceive their pet’s weight as a problem.1,7,8 Better understanding—and communicating—the role of nutrition in managing excess weight in pets can help cats and dogs lead better, longer lives.9
“Your [cat/dog] has a Body Condition Score of [_] and would be healthier with a score of [5 for cats/4-5 for dogs]. Are you open to working together to help [pet’s name] attain an ideal Body Condition Score?“
The Purina Body Condition System is an easy and practical tool for assessing a pet's body composition.
Assess a cat's Body Condition Score in just 3 simple steps.
Assess a dog's Body Condition Score in just 3 simple steps.
Nutritional assessment uses an iterative process to make specific diet recommendations tailored to individual dogs and cats.
The only way to know what each patient really eats is to ask ꟷ and document the information in the medical record.
Preventing and managing excess weight can help dogs and cats lead better, and importantly, longer lives.
Discover the importance of Lean Body Mass (LBM) in overall health for dogs and cats, and the role a high-protein diet can play in slowing LBM loss.
Muscle condition scoring is a hands-on method for evaluating lean body mass that can be used as part of nutritional assessments.
A simple visual guide to help assess muscle mass in cats.
A simple visual guide to help assess muscle mass in dogs.
Discussing this sensitive topic starts with the health and wellbeing of the pet in mind.
Understanding the stages of change can help you identify the right solution at the right time.
Assess your cat's Body Condition in just 3 simple steps.
Assess your dog's Body Condition in just 3 simple steps.
A visual aid to the Purina Body Condition Score System for cats.
A visual aid to the Purina Body Condition Score System for dogs.
The Progress Chart should be used with the Feline Body Condition System Sheet to help track a pet’s weight loss or gain.
The Progress Chart should be used with the Canine Body Condition System Sheet to help track a pet’s weight loss or gain.