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A Visual Guide to Obesity

(reference http://www.iams.com.au/system-LS-staticpages-id-1208089383475.html)


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Cat Body Condition Chart

Thin Cat
Description: http://www.iams.com.au/systems/staticpages/templates/images/77r_001_cat_thin.gif

  • Ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones easily visible
  • Thin neck and narrow waist
  • Obvious abdominal tuck
  • No fat in flank folds, folds often absent

Underweight Cat
Description: http://www.iams.com.au/systems/staticpages/templates/images/77r_001_cat_under.gif

  • Backbone and ribs easily palpable
  • Minimal fat covering
  • Minimal waist when viewed from above
  • Slightly tucked abdomen

Ideal Cat
Description: http://www.iams.com.au/systems/staticpages/templates/images/77r_001_cat_ideal.gif

  • Ribs palpable, but not visible
  • Slight waist observed behind ribs when viewed from above
  • Abdomen tucked up, flank fold present

Overweight Cat

  • Slight increase in fat over ribs, but still easily palpable
  • Abdomen slightly rounded, flanks concave
  • Flank folds hang down with moderate amount of fat—jiggle noted when walking

Obese Cat
Description: http://www.iams.com.au/systems/staticpages/templates/images/77r_001_cat_obese.gif

  • Ribs and backbone not easily palpable under a heavy fat covering
  • Abdomen rounded; waist barely visible to absent
  • Prominent flank folds which sway from side to side when walking

Dog Body Condition Chart

Thin Dog 
Description: http://www.iams.com.au/systems/staticpages/templates/images/77r_002_dog_thin.gif

  • Ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones easily visible
  • No palpable fat
  • Obvious waist and abdominal tuck
  • Prominent pelvic bones

Underweight Dog 
Description: http://www.iams.com.au/systems/staticpages/templates/images/77r_002_dog_under.gif

  • Ribs easily palpable
  • Minimal fat covering
  • Waist is easily noted when viewed from above
  • Abdominal tuck evident

Ideal Dog 
Description: http://www.iams.com.au/systems/staticpages/templates/images/77r_002_dog_ideal.gif

  • Ribs palpable, but not visible
  • Slight waist observed behind ribs when viewed from above
  • Abdomen tucked up, flank fold present

Overweight Dog 
Description: http://www.iams.com.au/systems/staticpages/templates/images/77r_002_dog_over.gif

  • Slight increase in fat over ribs, but still easily palpable
  • Abdomen slightly rounded, flanks concave
  • Flank folds hang down with moderate amount of fat—jiggle noted when walking

Obese Dog 
Description: http://www.iams.com.au/systems/staticpages/templates/images/77r_002_dog_obese.gif

  • Ribs and backbone not easily palpable under a heavy fat covering
  • Abdomen rounded; waist barely visible to absent
  • Prominent flank folds which sway from side to side when walking

 

   
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