Body Condition Scoring

May 13, 2021

Body Condition Scoring

Spring has sprung which means we are finally able to get out and enjoy the sunshine with the warmer weather!
This also means we are all stripping off the layers and noticing the body underneath. What a great time to take a look at your pet and see how they fared during the winter season.
A body condition scoring chart is a fantastic way to see how your pet is doing rather than using weight alone. We want our pets to fall in the 4-5 range out of 9. Do not fret though, if you find your pet is closer to a 6 or 7 coming out of the winter, now is the perfect time to start dialing in their nutrition to get them back to where they should be.

We recognize using this table can be difficult for breeds who are extra fluffy, for those breeds we suggest getting your hands on them to feel for ribs and other bony bits, using a flexible tape measure to get a baseline chest/waist/neck measurement. If you find the ribs are hard to feel then you know going forward your pets measurements should be less than what they are now.

For all pets we suggest keeping a photo diary! Snap a picture of your pet from the side and from the top. We see our pets every single day which makes seeing weight loss or gain more difficult and we often don’t realize this is happening until significant changes have happened. These pictures should be taken weekly and reviewed monthly. This habit will help you stay on top of your pets' condition and make sure they stay in tip top shape.


Have questions? Feel free to reach out to our amazing team at Iron Will Raw