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Body Condition Score
"Couch Potatoes #7: The Obese Dog" by Brett Matthew West

Body Condition Score (Continuation of Couch Potatoes #6: Diabetic Tip)

NOTE: This script picks up where Couch Potatoes #6: Diabetic Tip left off. Therefore, you may want to read that script as well.)



ZACK BRYAN: Doctor Bannon, can you explain the Body Condition Score in regards to how the test applies to dogs, especially those with Diabetes?

DR. BANNON: The Body Condition Score is a simple system pet owners can learn to aid them in the treatment of their diabetic pets. There are three main features of this examination that involves the RWH.


DR. BANNON: The ribs, waist, and hips of your dog. For instance, can you feel, but not see, your dog's ribs? Does your dog have a waistline? And, can you feel the hip bones?

ZACK BRYAN: Aren't there some variances for particular breeds when it comes to the Body Condition Score?

DR. BANNON: Yes, there is Zack, and your vet should make notes of these during each physical exam of your dog.

ZACK BRYAN: Well, if your dog is overweight, what can you do?

DR. BANNON: According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, obesity is the leading health threat to dogs, and about fifty percent of them are obese. Therefore, the remedy for this situation is to reduce the number of calories they eat and increase their exercise routines.

ZACK BRYAN: Most pet owners have a bad habit of wanting to spoil their dogs.

DR. BANNON; A little spoiling is fine and dandy. All dogs need that extra loving. However, knowing how much food they consume daily, and getting them out to burn off some of those excess calories, can help extend their lives. Pet owners can always do some simple things like throw a ball in the backyard for ten minutes or take an extra couple of walks each week.

ZACK BRYAN: Aren't there a variety of ailments dogs can become afflicted with if they are obese?

DR. BANNON: Heart failure, urinary tract disease, asthma, and liver disease to name a few. There are others as well. Each of these is expensive to treat and painful to your pet.

ZACK BRYAN: What about those special treats us dog lovers tend to slip their way? KoKo loves pizza crusts and bagels.

DR. BANNON (Looks over at KoKo sleeping on the chair beside him): Be sure you're monitoring his weight, Zack. Moreover, make sure he's maintaining a healthy weight.

ZACK BRYAN: Isn't Diabetes in dogs the same kind humans contract?

DR. BANNON: No, they are two different forms of the same ailment, Zack. For instance, there's not really a Type 1 and a Type 2 in dogs. All dogs who become diabetic require insulin replacement, typically provided in the form of a twice daily injection.

ZACK BRYAN: Dr. Bannon, doesn't the amount of insulin given to a dog differ with each one of them?

DR. BANNON: Discovering how much insulin is required to give your dog can be a difficult part of their treatment, Zack. If you inject them with too much insulin, they can go into hypoglycemic shock, and that can be fatal. But, if you inject your dog with too little insulin per dosage, that's not going to work very well either.

ZACK BRYAN: How long does it normally take for a dog to adjust to changes in their insulin doses?

DR. BANNON: About a week, and a blood glucose curve needs to be performed each time there is a change in the dosage administered. Also, that needs to be a 12 to 24 hour curve, with multiple samples taken throughout the day, not just one pin prick to draw a blood sample.

ZACK BRYAN: I'd like to thank Dr. Bannon for being my guest today and for his insights into the topic of Diabetes in dogs, their causes, and treatments. I'm Zack Bryan, and you've been watching Couch Potatoes, your one-source show for everything dog.


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