Measuring your dog’s body condition score
Watch Head Vet Sean show you how to check your dog’s body condition score. Featuring our office dogs Monty, Bambi and Socks.
Body Condition Scoring is a really useful way to assess whether your dog is a healthy weight for their breed and size. By getting hands-on and assessing three key areas on your dog, you can work out if they are underweight, overweight or in ideal condition. The three areas to examine and feel are:
Once you’ve assessed these three areas, you give them a score on a five-point scale:
BCS 1 = Severely underweight
BCS 2 = Underweight
BCS 3 = Ideal condition
BCS 4 = Overweight
BCS 5 = Obese
Here’s how to score your dog’s ribs, belly and waist to find out their Body Condition Score:
You love your dog just the way they are, so you probably won’t worry too much if they seem to put on just a few extra pounds. But from a health point of view, size really does matter!
Although weighing your dog and monitoring their weight regularly is a good idea, this can be tricky as there is a lot of variation between breeds and it’s not always easy to know what is right for your pet. That’s where dog body condition scoring can make things easier.
Dog Weight Chart: Where Is Your Pup on the Scale?
Your dogs weight and body shape can have a big impact on their overall health. Use this dog weight chart to see what your dogs body should look like at an ideal body condition and size.
Credit: Caitlin-Marie Miner Ong