Different dog breeds have varying body sizes and weights, making it hard to determine the ideal dog weight. Different dog breeds have varying metabolic needs and physiques, which explains their difference in weights. How can you determine whether your dog has an ideal weight other than comparing its weight on a generic chart? The best way to determine the healthy weight in dogs is by using a combination of body condition score and body weight.
Body Condition Score
A crucial tool that comes in handy is the body condition score in calculating dog weight. It helps to estimate the amount of fat in a dog’s body. This evaluation uses a 9-point score; if a dog score lies around 4 or 5 out of 9, it has a healthy weight. A dog that scores between 1 and 3 is too thin, and a dog that scores between 6 and 7 is overweight. If a dog scores between 8 and 9, it is obese. A morbidly obese dog has a score of above 9.
Achieving a Dog’s Target Weight
After you determine your dog’s BCS, you can use the score to determine the dog’s target weight. It’s essential to know your dog’s target weight because this will help you plan and adopt a successful weight loss or weight gain program. If your dog is overweight, the diet should involve a certain percentage of calorie restriction. Your veterinarian can help you determine your dog’s daily calorie intake if you know the target weight. Your dog’s metabolic needs will probably change through regular exercise and calorie modification, and this will lead to weight loss.