We know how difficult it can be to get your pet to lose weight.
There are so many factors that play a role in successful weight maintenance. Diet changes, exercise, treat reduction and even medications may play a role in helping your cat or dog to achieve it’s ideal body condition score.
What is a body condition score? It is a visual method for assessing if your pet is at a healthy weight without using a weigh scale. You can find a body condition score chart at this link with helpful videos of how to use it.
What do you do if you have pets of different ages or body condition scores in your household? We can help you with dietary recommendations for a multi-pet family. We will body condition score each of your pets and determine their dietary needs based on this plus any special medical considerations. We will suggest a diet or diets for the pets and help you with strategies for feeding everyone appropriately.
This is Piper; a spayed 2 year old Australian Shepherd. Piper is a body condition score of 7/9 and weighs 25.9 kg. She lives in a multi-dog household with two other dogs who are both body condition score of 5/9 (Ideal). We have selected Purina Veterinary Diet OM (Overweight Management) for the entire household. It is a good fit because it is helping Piper to lose weight while maintaining Bacardi and Hooey at their ideal weights.
Join us here as we track Piper’s progress. She has successfully lost 1.5 kg in 2 months on her new diet. We will post updated pictures so you can see her as her body condition score decreases.
Check out these amazing weight loss stories with before and after photos at Purina’s Project:Pet Slim Down.
We would love to collect more weight loss stories of our own. Let us know if you would like your pet’s picture to be featured on our website or Facebook page to promote their amazing weight loss journey. And tell us what your best tips are to help other pets succeed.
The Team at Wainwright Veterinary Services