chart and information courtesy of Ralston Purina
Evaluating your dog's
How skinny is "pretty skinny"? How heavy is "not as thin as he
should be"? The Purina body condition system provides a uniform way to describe
a pet's weight, from "emaciated" to "grossly obese"
Ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and all bony prominences evident form 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
Ribs easily palpated and may be visible with no palpable fat. Tops of lumbar
vertebrae visible. Pelvic bones becoming prominent. Obvious waist and
Ribs easily palpable, with minimal fat covering. Waist easily noted, viewed form
above. Abdominal tuck evident.
Ribs palpable without excess fat covering. Waist observed behind ribs when viewed
from above. Abdomen tucked when viewed from the side.
Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering. Waist is discernable viewed from
above but is not prominent. Abdominal tuck apparent.
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.
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 distension may be present.
- GROSSLY OBESE