02849-A: Development and Validation of a New Body Condition Scoring System for use in Canine Athletes

Grant Status: Closed

Grant Amount: $15,000
Cristina Hansen, DVM, PhD; University of Alaska, Fairbanks
June 1, 2021 - May 31, 2023

Sponsor(s): American Wirehaired Pointing Griffon Foundation

Breed(s): -All Dogs
Research Program Area: Musculoskeletal Conditions and Disease
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Evaluating and monitoring body condition in canine athletes is critically important. Athletic dogs can markedly increase their metabolic rates during exercise, are often in negative energy balance, and can quickly lose body condition. Existing body condition scoring (BCS) systems were not developed with the canine athlete in mind; they were developed using dogs in stable body condition and are only validated for quantifying relative differences in body fat. This proposed study will develop a new BCS system that will better allow canine and veterinary professionals to estimate both fat and muscle loss in dogs. The results of this study will benefit military working dogs, sled dogs, field trial dogs, and any other working dogs through accurate assessment of the amount of metabolic reserve in these dogs and the changes in metabolic reserve resulting from exercise.


Barrett MR, Scott Davis M (2023) Conditioning-induced expression of novel glucose transporters in canine skeletal muscle homogenate. PLOS ONE 18(5): e0285424. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0285424

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