Currently, 55.8% or more of dogs are overweight or obese.* Having an overweight body condition increases the risk of developing cardiopulmonary disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, liver disease, pancreatitis, and even some cancers.
KEEPING A LEAN BODY CONDITION SCORE HAS BEEN SHOWN TO EXTEND LIFESPAN BY ALMOST TWO YEARS.
Despite this, obesity is often underdiagnosed in our busy veterinary practices today.
Our goal with this video is to support veterinarians and veterinary technicians in assessing a body condition score and calculating an ideal body weight. This will help us work towards maintaining an optimal body condition or targeting a reduced more healthy weight, reducing disease incidence and improving quality of life for our dogs.
*2018 Pet Obesity Survey Results. Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 12 Mar. 2019. petobesityprevention.org/2018