Useful information about the needs of cats and dogs with nutritionally sensitive health conditions.
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?“
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.