Pet Nutrition Services


A fit and trim pet is more likely to be a happy and healthy pet, and also a less costly one to care for. Bemidji Veterinary Hospital is proud to offer the following prescription foods and treats in our pet care facility:

  • Hill’s Science Diet
  • Royal Canin
  • Purina Veterinary Diet

Fit or Not Fit

The veterinary field has developed a straightforward Body Condition Score to help you determine whether your animal is an appropriate weight.

Level 1—Emaciated

Your pet has no clear signs of body fat and there is an absence of appropriate muscle mass. Ribs, vertebrae, pelvic bones, etc. are all prominent or evident at a distance.

Level 2—Thin

Your pet’s ribs and vertebrae are visible, but less prominent. His or her waist and abdomen tuck in significantly.

Level 3—Moderate (Ideal)

Your pet has appropriate muscle mass, and his or her ribs can be felt with little to no fat covering them. His or her abdomen tucks up when seen from the side.

Level 4—Stout

Your pet has appropriate muscle mass, but there is a general fleshy appearance with little to no appearance of ribs or vertebrae. Abdominal tuck is not present.

Level 5—Obese

Your pet has excess fat deposits covering both muscle mass and bones.

Tips to Stay in Tip-Top Shape

  1. Running and biking—These are excellent ways to get in shape and stay in shape. However, your pet may need to build up to it. Don’t overexert your pet, and pay attention to things like the pads on their feet and any signs of stiffness or limping.
  2. Swimming—An excellent, low impact way to get in shape and stay cool in hot weather. The same rules apply to not overexert your pet. Keeping your dog from swimming too far out or using a pet life jacket are key to making this a safe exercise option.
  3. Be creative—Of course, playing ball or Frisbee is an excellent source of cardio exercise for your pet. Make it as interesting as possible, especially when the weather prevents you from outdoor play. Have you ever made your cat chase a laser beam? Have you ever blown bubbles in the air in front of your dog?

Contact us if you have nutrition questions or special food ordering needs. And it’s always a good idea to set up an appointment for a regular physical exam.