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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.
“Having been a customer at Daleside for many years I have always found them to be extremely professional. When our cat Belle was involved in a nasty cat fight they were able to offer an appointment the same day! Everyone is always very friendly.”Kayleigh Jones