Obesity in Dogs

Deborah E. Linder, DVM, DACVN, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University

October 2017|Nutrition|Peer Reviewed

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IBW = ideal body weight
MCS = muscle condition score
RER = resting energy requirement

*The AAHA Weight Management Guidelines define obesity as having a BCS 8/9 or above,1 although the guidelines, as well as this algorithm, may be helpful for any pet that is above ideal body weight.

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