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Daleside are proud to offer the very best in weight management. We understand how difficult it is to take the first steps. A dog or cat is classified as overweight when they exceed their ideal body weight by 10% and are classified obese when they exceed their ideal weight by more than 20%. Obesity predisposes animals to a variety of pathological disorders, such as cardiac and respiratory diseases, osteo-articular disease and diabetes. In addition overweight pets are at greater risk during surgery and anaesthesia. Life expectancy can be reduced as a result, and quality of life for the pet can be severlely affected.
The most practical way to assess if a pet is in underweight or overweight is to perform a body condition score. We do this by using a 9 point scale that shows us pictures and descriptives of the animals shape. With all methods, the observer estimates the ‘condition score’ both with visual and ‘hands-on’ characteristics (e.g. presence of a waistline, amount of ‘fat cover’ over the ribs etc). It is important to use sight and touch particularly in longhaired pets, as it can be easy to over or under-estimate their condition score if sight alone is used.
If you are unsure about Body Condition Scoring then ask our Daleside team.
“I’ve used Daleside Vets for 25 years and always been very happy with their service.“Mike Done, Asney Park Farm. Milking 200 Organic Holsteins