Buyers' Guide: Weighing scales for dogs
This entry was posted on 22/09/2017.
Veterinary scales are used to assess whether the dog is overweight or a healthy weight - pet obesity is the number one issue facing our pets. They can also be used in the diagnosis of other problems with their health.
According to research by Marsden, 58% of pets which are seen by vets are overweight. A PDSA report found that one in three dogs in the UK are overweight. However less than 10% of pet owners recognise obesity - which is where a weighing scale can help.
Our vet scales cater for all shapes and sizes of dog - but which scale is right for you? This buyers’ guide is here to help.
Weighing small dogs
The Marsden V-20 and Marsden V-22 are suitable for weighing small dogs, each with a 20kg capacity. The V-20 is a premium veterinary scale which is lightweight and portable. It doubles up as a stretcher so your dog can be carried with ease. The V-22 is our most accurate veterinary scale, with graduations to 5g.
Both the Marsden V-23 and Marsden V-25 have a 25kg capacity and are accurate to 10g. The V-23 is powered by 4x AAA batteries and features a carry handle to aid portability. The V-25 features a large, bright LCD display as well as a memory recall function - so that you can compare changes in your dog’s weight.
Ideal for: chihuahuas, pugs, yorkshire terriers
Weighing medium-sized dogs
The Marsden V-100 is our best-selling veterinary scale with a 100kg capacity, lightweight design and battery power from just two AAA batteries.
This scale is unit switchable, so weight readings can be taken in pounds or kilograms. The Hold function means the reading can be stabilised when the dog is moving around on the scale.
Ideal for: collies, dalmatians, golden retrievers
Weighing larger dogs
The V-150 has a choice of capacity sizes up to 300kg. It has a large, washdown stainless steel base and a non-slip mat - this is the scale of choice for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
The V-250 also has a stainless steel surface which is easy to keep hygienic. At just 50mm high it is easy for your animal to access the scale.
The new V-200 is also large enough for the biggest of dogs - it is unit switchable, features a large 32mm bright display and with an optional printer you can keep a permanent record of weight readings. Find out more here.
Ideal for: german shepherds, rottweilers, great danes
Keeping dogs at a healthy weight
Free guide for a healthy dog: We’ve recently put together a free guide filled with tips and advice for reducing obesity.
Tips for a healthy dog poster: This poster provides guidance on healthy appearance, the amount of exercise and weight information.
Puppy weight chart: If you have a growing puppy, this chart will help you work out how much your new pet should weigh.
For more information about any of our weighing scales for dogs, call 01709 364296 or contact us here.