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What shape is your pet in?

Pets can vary so much in size and shape, even within a specific breed. This can make if difficult to determine if yours is overweight.

Use our online weight assessment tools to find out.

Use the Body Condition Score tool to help determine your pet's level of risk of obesity.

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Some broader, more muscular breeds can hide excess weight fairly easily. So if your pet does not have an ideal body condition or if you are unsure, we strongly advise you set up an appointment with a Hill’s Pet Slimmer participating practice who will be able to make an accurate assessment of his weight and be able to offer you the best advice on helping your pet to reach an ideal body condition.

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Click on the option that best describes your dog to calculate their risk level

Ribs

Slightly prominent.

Easily felt.

Thin fat cover.


Shape from above

Well proportioned lumbar waist.


Shape from side

Adbominal tuck present.

Shape from behind

Clear muscle definition, smooth contour.


Tail base bones

Slightly prominent.

Easliy felt.


Tail base fat

Thin fat cover.

Ribs

Slighty to not prominent.

Can be felt.

Moderate fat cover.


Shape from above

Detectable lumbar waist.


Shape from side

Slight abdominal tuck.

Shape from behind

Losing muscle definition, rounded appearance.


Tail base bones

Slightly to not prominent.

Can be felt.


Tail base fat

Moderate fat cover.

Ribs

Not prominent.

Very difficult to feel.

Thick fat cover.


Shape from above

Loss of lumbar waist, broadened back.


Shape from side

Flat to bulging abdomen.

Shape from behind

Rounded to square appearance.


Tail base bones

Not prominent.

Very difficult to feel.


Tail base fat

Thick fat cover.

May have a small
fat dimple.

Ribs

Not prominent.

Extremely difficult to feel.

Very thick fat cover.


Shape from above

Markedly broadened back.


Shape from side

Marked abdominal bulge.

Shape from behind

Square appearance.


Tail base bones

Not prominent.

Extremely difficult to feel.


Tail base fat

Very thick fat cover.

Fat dimple or fold present.

Ribs

Not prominent.

Impossible to feel.

Extremely thick fat cover.


Shape from above

Extermely broadened back.


Shape from side

Severe abdominal bulge.

Shape from behind

Square appearance.


Tail base bones

Not prominent.

Impossible to feel.


Tail base fat

Extremely thick fat cover.

Large fat dimple or fat fold.

Ribs

Not prominent.

Impossible to feel.

Extremely thick fat cover.


Shape from above

Extremely broadened back.


Shape from side

Severe abdominal bulge.

Shape from behind

Square appearance.


Tail base bones

Not prominent.

Impossible to feel.


Tail base fat

Extremely thick fat cover.

Large fat dimple or fat fold.

Ribs

Unidentifiable.

Impossible to feel.

Extremely thick fat cover.


Shape from above

Extremely broadened back, bulging
mid-section.


Shape from side

Very severe abdominal bulge.

Shape from behind

Irregular or upside down pear shape.


Tail base bones

Unidentifiable.


Tail base fat

Extremely thick fat cover.

Large fat folds or pads.

Well done! Your pet seems to be in perfect shape!

20

16-25%
body fat

Low risk

Ribs

Not prominent.

Extermely difficult to feel.

Very thick fat cover.


Shape from above

Not prominent.

Extermely difficult to feel.


Shape from side

Very thick fat cover.

Fat dimple or fold present.

Shape from behind

Square appearance.


Tail base bones

Not prominent.

Easliy


Tail base fat

Thin fat cover.

Click on the option that best describes your cat to calculate their risk level

Face

Minimal fat cover.

Prominent bony structures.


Head & neck

Prominent distinction between head & shoulder.

Loose scruff.

No scruff fat.


Sternum

Prominent. Very easy to palpate.

Minimal pectoral fat.

Scapula

Prominent. Very easy to palpate.

Ribs

Prominent. Very easy to palpate.


Abdomen

Loose abdominal skin.

Easy to palpate abdominal contents.


Tail base

Prominent bony strucure.

Easy to palpate.

Minimal fat cover.

Shape from the side

Moderate to slight abdominal tuck.

Shape from above

Marked hourglass.

Face

Slight fat cover. Defined bony structures.


Head & neck

Clear distinction between head & shoulder.

Loose scruff.

Slight scruff fat.


Sternum

Defined, slightly prominent.

Easy to palpate. Slight to moderate pectoral fat.

Scapula

Defined, slightly prominent. Easy / Very easy to palpate.

Ribs

Not prominent. Easy to palpate.


Abdomen

Loose abdominal skin with minimal fat. Easy to palpate abdominal contents.


Tail base

Slightly to minimally prominent bony structure. Palpable. Slight fat cover.

Shape from the side

No abdominal tuck.

Shape from above

Slight hourglass / Lumbar waist.

Face

Slight to moderate fat cover.

Defined to slight bony structures.


Head & neck

Clear to slight distinction between head & shoulder.

Loose to snug scruff.

Slight to moderate scruff fat.


Sternum

Minimally Prominent.

Palpable.

Moderate pectoral fat.

Scapula

Slightly prominent. Easy to palpate.

Ribs

Not Prominent.

Palpable.


Abdomen

Obvious skin fold with moderate fat.

Easy to palpate abdominal contents.


Tail base

Minimally prominent bony strucure.

Palpable.

Slight to moderate fat cover.

Shape from the side

Slight abdominal bulge.

Shape from above

Lumbar waist.

Face

Moderate fat cover.

Slight to minimal bony structures.


Head & neck

Minimal distinction between head & shoulder.

Loose to snug scruff.

Moderate scruff fat.


Sternum

Poorly defined.

Difficult to palpate.

Thick pectoral fat.

Scapula

Minimally to not prominent.

Palpable.

Ribs

Not Prominent.

Difficult to palpate.


Abdomen

Heavy fat pad.

Difficult to palpate abdominal contents.


Tail base

Poorly defined bony strucure.

Difficult to palpate.

Moderate to thick fat cover.

Shape from the side

Moderate abdominal bulge.

Shape from above

Broadened back.

Face

Thick fat cover.

Minimal to no bony structures.


Head & neck

Poor to no distinction between head & shoulder.

Snug to tight scruff.

Very thick scruff fat.


Sternum

Not Prominent.

Extremely difficult to palpate.

Extremely thick pectoral fat.

Scapula

Not prominent.

Difficult to palpate.

Ribs

Not prominent.

Extremely difficult to impossibleto palpate.

Abdomen

Very heavy fat pad; indistinct from abdominal fat.

Impossible to palpate abdominal contents.


Tail base

Bony strucure not prominent.

Very difficult to palpate.

Very thick fat cover.

Shape from the side

Severe abdominal bulge.

Shape from above

Severely broadened back.

Face

Very thick fat cover.

No bony structures.


Head & neck

No distinction between head & shoulder.

Tight scruff.

Very thick scruff fat.


Sternum

Not prominent.

Impossible to palpate.

Extreme pectoral fat.

Scapula

Not prominent.

Impossible to palpate.

Ribs

Not prominent.

Impossible to palpate.


Abdomen

Extremely heavy fat pad; indistinct from abdominal fat.

Impossible to palpate abdominal contents.


Tail base

Bony strucure not prominent.

Extremely difficult to palpate.

Extremely thick fat cover.

Shape from the side

Very severe abdominal bulge.

Shape from above

Extremely broadened back.

Well done! Your pet seems to be in perfect shape!

20

16-25%
body fat

Low risk

Ribs

Not prominent.

Extermely difficult to feel.

Very thick fat cover.


Shape from above

Not prominent.

Extermely difficult to feel.


Shape from side

Very thick fat cover.

Fat dimple or fold present.

Shape from behind

Square appearance.


Tail base bones

Not prominent.

Easliy


Tail base fat

Thin fat cover.

With the growing pet obesity epidemic it can be an eye opener to know how much your pet's extra kilos mean in human terms.

Use our handy tool below to see your pet's weight in human terms:

  1. Select your preferred units of measurement.
  2. Select your pet's approximate ideal weight (base this on whether you have a small, medium or large animal).
  3. Drag the slider bar to the amount your dog is overweight.
  4. The display will tell you how much an equivalent human would be overweight.

The dangers of a dog being overweight are numerous and carrying even a small amount of additional weight can put a dog at risk. A small dog that is just 1kg overweight is the equivalent of a human carrying an extra 5kg, while a large dog who is 5kg over his ideal weight is the equivalent of a 25kg overweight human.

For more in depth information The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) has created tables of the most common breeds that compare those extra pounds on our pets in terms we can easily understand. APOP Founder and President Dr. Ernie Ward remarks on why the group created these tools. “As a veterinarian I’m always looking for ways to demonstrate how serious even a few extra pounds on a pet can be.”

If your pet is carrying any additional weight, we urge you to visit a Pet Slimmer participating practice. They will assess your pet and if needs be, enrol you for the Hill’s Pet Slimmer Programme.

Human Comparison Test

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