The fitness of our pets is an important part of their overall health and well-being. According to the American Pet Products Association, approximately 70% of households in the United States own a pet. With such a large percentage of the population owning pets, it is essential to ensure they are fit and healthy. Unfortunately, many pet owners in the US are still unaware of how to determine the fitness level of their pet and you might be one of them. If you feel like you’re also lacking behind and don’t know how to determine the fitness of your pet, this article can be your true rescue. Though there are several ways to measure your pet’s fitness level, the most common way is by observing their activity level and energy levels throughout the day. If your pet appears sluggish or lethargic, this could be a sign that they need more exercise or may be suffering from an underlying health condition.
Moreover, monitoring your pet’s body condition score (BCS) can also help determine their overall fitness level. A BCS score is based on visual assessment and palpation of fat deposits on various areas of your pet’s body such as the neck, ribs, waist, hips, and tail base. A healthy BCS should fall between 4-5 on a 9-point scale with 1 being extremely thin and 9 being obese.