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Q&A with The Humane Society of Kitchener Waterloo & Stratford Perth

Q: How can I tell if my pet is overweight?


A: Your pet’s weight is assessed by your veterinarian using a point based, body condition scoring scale. For a dog or cat to score in the healthy range, the ribs should be easy to feel (but not see) and a defined waist should be evident when your pet is viewed from the top and side. Depending on the thickness of your pet’s coat, you might have to feel for a defined waist if it is not readily visible.  An overweight pet would have a visibly sagging stomach, no discernible waist, ribs that are difficult to feel under fat and a back that is flat and broad.

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