The animal’s weight can be a helpful indicator of overall health.
Body condition scoring typically ranges from 1 to 9, 1 being extremely thin and 9 being obese.
For pets that are an ideal weight, you should be able to feel, but not see, the ribs.
For pets that are underweight, the ribs, vertebrae, and hip bones may be visible.
For overweight pets, it may be difficult to feel the ribs. Any unexplained weight loss could be
an early indicator of cancer, diabetes, feline hyperthyroidism, or kidney disease.
Sudden changes in weight will likely be an underlying condition, see your vet.
Weight gain could potentially be the result of an endocrine condition.
Overweight pets are at an increased risk for arthritis, diabetes, heart disease, and other conditions.
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