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"BCS 4+"

Body Condition Score Four-Plus

To be honest, this is the most common "weight" comment I make in East Cobb. BCS4+ is "almost fat" and should be given relief.

On this page, you can learn about all the different Body Condition Scores and what they mean to the future of your dog.

BCS4 is a natural ideal. It's the weight a dog would eat its way up to, in nature if it had unlimited chipmunks to eat - and at BCS4 the appetite would fall away because of Leptin. A hormone.

Leptin was the way Caveman Dogs didn't get too fat to outrun a T-Rex.

When we give modern, "Your dog-will-love it" foods, Leptin no longer holds-sway and the dogs will EAT such delicacies and get fat, ignoring their Leptin levels.

So then the dogs go PAST BCS4 - healthy lean, and move into obesity - like, BCS4

The main difference between BCS4 and BCS4+ is that a BCS4+ looks just like the BCS4 from the side, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE A BCS5 from the top view.

In other words their abdomen is tubular - it's as deep as it is wide. That's DIFFERENT than the BCS4 which is narrow from the top.

Weight loss is indicated in a BCS4+ but no where near as urgently as a BCS5.

Oxyfresh has been around a VERY long time and still hasn't been surpassed. I love the water additive. I recommend it's made fresh daily with distilled water, and for bad mouths - double strength. Always safe. this will NOT dissolve tartar but it will kill germs, reduce pus and infection and keep teeth from getting "bad" if they're not already. Kit includes gel and brushes.

Oxyfresh complete dental kit.

BABYLTRL Dog Cone Collar for After Surgery, Soft Pet Recovery Collar for Dogs and Cats, Adjustable Cone Collar Protective Collar for Small Medium Large Dogs Wound Healing

Anymore these days companies are NOT making cones that are long enough to protect feet, OR stop head shaking. You really just need a cone. And this is the most important part - YOU HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FIX IT TO THE COLLAR because NO CONE is tight enough to resist a back foot pushing on it. And they'll do it! (Buy The Right One on Amazon)

Something else I found for my dog "Ajax" that's cool:

Sporn Dog Halter STOPS "pulling and tugging" NOW. (Link)

This is what I use now, with my dog Ajax. I used to use the Gentle Leader, but I didn't like including his face in the thing. Now, this just goes around his chest and he DOES NOT PULL ANY MORE. It's great! Amazon.com has it.

Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap

Labra Dog Canine K9 Knee Stifle Brace Wrap Metal Hinged Flexible Support Treat ACL CCL Luxating Patella Cruciate Ligament Sprain Strain Tear Injuries

I couldn't get behind these until this one came out. It has a strap that keeps the thing from sliding down. THAT strap has a strap that keeps the thing from rolling down off the dog's rump. And the whole thing does NOT wrap around his weiner area (which would have been fine for a female dog of course) so this one has THREE key engineering points.

Buy the proper knee brace and put it on tight! 

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