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Obesity in Dogs

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

Nutrition

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October 2017
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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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