Body condition scoring, or BCS, is a way for veterinarians and others to communicate the status of an animal’s weight. It’s a convenient scale to tell whether or not the body weight of a given animal is healthy or not. Can you find where your dog fits on this scale of 1-9? There are additional, similar scales for cats and horses.
If you’re not sure where your pooch falls, ask your vet next time around. Since the system is easy to follow and not too long, you could use it to help you gauge your pet’s weight at home without a scale as you live your lives together. Canine obesity is a real problem and just like humans, being overweight comes with its own set of problems. So avoid those costly conditions by using the body condition score scale and keep your pooch happy and healthy for years to come!
You should always follow the manufacturers directions on how much to feed your dog based on current body weight. If your dog needs to lose or gain weight, see your vet for a calorie sheet for exact specifics. There's also a nice trick to help keep your pooch full when cutting down on calories, add in green beans to compensate!