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Body condition score

Body condition scoring (BCS) helps determine if a pet's growth rate and feeding amounts are correct. Monitoring growth and weight can help prevent obesity.

At each visit, your veterinarian will weigh your pet. Your pet's body condition will be rated on a scale of 1 to 5 with 1 meaning "very thin" and 5 meaning "obese." If necessary, your vet can help you adjust the amount of food you are offering to help your puppy achieve an optimal BCS.

Visit for tips on learning to exercise properly. Also browse Puppy Nutrition and Feeding articles to learn more about the right food for your puppy to maintain a healthy weight.

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