Resources to help evaluate a pet's current nutrition and guide nutrition recommendations.
Body Condition Assessment
The Purina 9-Point Body Condition System, available for both dogs and cats, is an easy and practical tool that can be used by both health care professionals and owners to regularly monitor a pet for excess or inadequate body fat. It is often used in the prevention and management of obesity, which affects health and longevity in pets. However, it is also useful to assess pets that are underweight. The Purina Body Condition System has been adopted by the World Small Animal Veterinary Association and is the most widely used body condition system for small animal veterinarians.
"Our goal is to maintain your pet in ideal body condition because this can help your pet live a longer, healthier life. We will monitor your pet’s body condition at every visit, and you can regularly monitor your pet at home as well. It is easy – simply check their waist, their tummy tuck and feel their ribs. If you notice a change you may want to adjust the amount you are feeding."
Maintaining a healthy weight in pets provides many health advantages, but many pet owners are uncertain about how to manage their pet’s weight.
Although there are many benefits to maintaining a healthy weight in pets, many owners do not understand what a healthy weight is or the benefits for pets.
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.
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