Pet Obesity, the Obesity Factor, and Body Condition Scores

Pet Obesity is a BIG Problem

Obesity as commonly perceived is not just a problem with Human Beings. It is prevalent in animals, both wild and pet. In case of animals it is mostly found in pets. According to a recent research it has been found that about 25% of the pets are obese or overweight. The study and percentages indicate that the problem has reached proportions where it cannot be ignored.

A pet’s weigt cannot be evaluated by just measuring the weigt. When checking for obesity, it is more appropriate to observe the physical condition of the pet by comparing it with one of its own breed or species. The overall appearance of the pet is of prime importance since the ideal weigt is very varied in case of pets or for that matter in all animals, in judging the obesity factor.

A scale of body condition scores for a pet is used in observation of physical conditions such as obesity. The body condition score is normally between 5 and 9, and a score of 7 is optimal or ideal. This score is assigned after observing a pets build, fat coverage on rib cage and the waist. Other factors that influence this score are sex, breed, age and lifestyle.

Some observations that can help in your own assessment of your pet are suggested. The ribs should not be visible to the eye but should be easily felt without pressing. The stomach or the abdominal area should be tucked in. These simple tests or feels can be reviewed at home if the owner can objectively record the same.

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