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Hours:

Monday         9:00am - 5:00pm

Tuesday         9:00am - 6:00pm

Wednesday   9:00am - 5:00pm

Thursday        9:00am - 5:00pm

Friday             9:00am - 5:00pm

Closed Saturdays, Sundays, and major holidays.

Phone  (360) 697-1650

Fax       (360) 697-6974

BCS 

Body Condition Scoring (BCS) is a convenient way to answer the question, "Is my pet overweight?"  In many ways, BCS is more meaningful than the number of pounds they weigh.

 

For my cats, I gauge their body condition by the 'roundness' of their shape and the size of the little belly that flaps back-and-forth when they run (this is properly called the inguinal fat pad).

 

For dogs, I check the 'jiggle' over their shoulders and if their body shape is more of a sausage or an hourglass.

 

See Purina's BCS chart below to rate your dog or cat.  In the clinic, we also evaluate pets' muscle mass- this often improves along with BCS when pets switch to a more species-appropriate nutritious diet.