Weight Assessment Tool

Step #1
Please move the slider to the picture and descriptions that best represent your dog

  • Ribs, spine, pelvis and all bony prominences visible from a distance.
  • No body fat. Significant loss of muscle mass.
  • Ribs, lumbar spine and pelvis easily visible.
  • No body fat. Some loss of muscle mass.
  • Ribs and top of lumbar spine visible. Obvious waist and abdominal tuck.
  • Ribs and spine easy to palpate with no overlying fat. Pelvic bones becoming prominent.
  • Waist easily noted when viewed from above. Abdominal tuck evident. Ribs may be visible.
  • Ribs and spine easily palpable with light touch. Minimal fat covering.
  • Waist observed when viewed from above (hourglass figure). Abdominal tuck evident. Ribs may be just visible.
  • Ribs and spine palpable by light touch -without excess fat covering, underside of neck and chest not cushioned by fat.
  • Waist line not clear -when viewed from above. Only slight abdominal tuck present. Ribs not visible.
  • Ribs are palpable but with excess fat covering (padded layer between skin and ribs).
  • Waist absent – no hourglass figure. Tummy not tucked-slight upwards slope to hindquarters may be apparent. Noticeable fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail.
  • Ribs palpated with difficulty – heavy fat cover. Fat pads palpated on anterior chest/ lower back and base of tail.
  • No waist, no abdominal tuck, abdominal distension may be apparent.
  • Ribs not palpable under heavy fat cover or felt only with significant pressure. Heavy fat deposits over back/ chest and tail base.
  • Tummy bulges outwards when viewed from above. Abdomen sags when viewed from the side. Obvious abdominal distension.
  • Ribs and spine impossible to feel. Heavy fat pads felt on neck/anterior chest/back/upper limbs and base of spine.

Step #2
Please enter in your dog's current body weight:

Step #3
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