How fat is too fat?

Posted on December 22, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

With the holidays upon us, everyone is concerned about the few extra pounds we will be putting on.  With the snacks, candy, turkey and ham dinners, we will most likely be feasting this holiday season.  While we continue to eat and eat, we tend to give our pets more treats too.  After all, it is just as important for them to enjoy their holiday treats too.  A couple things to remember about feeding your pets around the holidays:

1.)  Stay away from table scraps, if your pet is not used to them, they can get very sick.  The grease from foods can also make them very ill.

2.)  Continue to feed them their own food at least 2 times a day.  If you spread their meals out, they are less hungry throughout the day.

3.)  Treats are good, but give them in moderation.  Stay away from indigestible materials like pigs hooves, and ears.  Only give raw hides when your pet is being supervised.

4.) Consult your pets body condition score.  If they fall in the “Too Heavy” range, go lighter on the treats.  Consider getting your pet on an exercise plan for their new years resolution.  Just like us humans.  Check out the Purina Body Condition Score.

Too Thin

1 Ribs, lumbar vertebrae, pelvic bones and all bony prominences evident from a distance. No discernible body fat. Obvious loss of muscle mass.

2 Ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones easily visible. No palpable fat. Some evidence of other bony prominence. Minimal loss of muscle mass.

3 Ribs easily palpated and may be visible with no palpable fat. Tops of lumbar vertebrae visible. Pelvic bones becoming prominent. Obvious waist.


4 Ribs easily palpable, with minimal fat covering. Waist easily noted, viewed from above. Abdominal tuck evident.

5 Ribs palpable without excess fat covering. Waist observed behind ribs when viewed from above. Abdomen tucked up when viewed.

Too Heavy

6 Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering. Waist is discernible viewed from above but is not prominent. Abdominal tuck apparent.

7 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 present.

8 Ribs not palpable under very 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.

9 Massive fat deposits over thorax, spine and base of tail. Waist and abdominal tuck absent. Fat deposits on neck and limbs. Obvious abdominal distention.

For more questions about your pets and the holidays, email me at

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