Body Conditioning

Body Conditioning for Dogs

EMACIATED – Ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and all bony prominences avident from a distance. No discernable body fat. Obvious loss of muscle mass.
VERY THIN – Ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones easily visible. No palpable fat. Some evidence of other bony prominence. Minimal loss of muscle mass.
THIN – Ribs easily palpated and may be visible with no palpable fat. Tops of lumbar vertebrae visible. Pelvic bones becoming prominent. Obvious waist and adominal tuck.
UNDERWEIGHT – Ribs easily palpable, with minimal fat covering. Waist easily noted, viewed from above. Abdominal tuck evident.
IDEAL – Ribs palpable without excess fat covering. Waist observed behind ribs when viewed from above. Abdominal tucked up when viewed from side.
OVERWEIGHT – Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering. Waist is discernable viewed from above but is not prominent. Abdominal tuck apparent.
HEAVY – Ribs palpable with difficulty, heavy fat cover. Noticeable fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent or barely visible. Abdominal tuck may be absent.
OBESE – Ribs not palpable under heavy fat cover, or palpable only with significant pressure. Heavy fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent. No abdominal tuck. Obvious abdominal distention may be present.
GROSSLY OBESE – Massive fat deposits over thorax, spine and base of tail. Waist and abdominal tuck absent. Fat deposits on neck and limbs. Obvious abdominal distention.


Body Conditioning for Cats

EMACIATED – Ribs visible on shorthaired cats; no palpable fat; severe abdominal tuck; lumbar vertebrae and wing of ilia easily palpated.
VERY THIN – hared characteristics of BCS 1 and 3.
THIN – Ribs easily palpable with minimal fat covering; lumbar vertebrae obvious; obvious waist behind ribs; minimal abdominal fat.
UNDERWEIGHT – Shared characteristics of BCS 3 and 5.
IDEAL – Well proportioned; observe waist behind ribs; ribs palpable with slight fat covering; abdominal fat pad minimal.
OVERWEIGHT – Shared characteristics of BCS 5 and 7.
HEAVY – Ribs not easily palpated with moderate fat covering; waist poorly discernable; obvious rounding of abdomen; moderate abdominal fat pad.
OBESE – Shared characteristics of BCS 7 and 9.
GROSSLY OBESE – Ribs not palpable under heavy fat cover; heavy fat deposits over lumbar area, face and limbs; distention of abdomen with no waist; extensive abdominal fat deposits.


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