Where can i weigh my dog

Where can i weigh my dog

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Where can i weigh my dog?


There's a few options for weighing a dog. One of the most common is the "scales" method, which is simply a scale that you weigh your dog on yourself. The problem with this is that the scale is only accurate to approximately a pound (0.5 kg). Another alternative is the "kennel scale" method, where you send your dog to a kennel/cattery/boarding kennel to have them weigh your dog. These are most often used by breeders to determine their litter sizes for breeding purposes. The third and most accurate is an electronic weight scale. These are accurate enough to give you an accurate reading for a larger animal (e.g. a horse). Here are a few options:

The "Digital Veterinary Scales" - This is the option I recommend for most pet owners. It gives you an accurate reading up to 4 pounds (1.8 kg) You simply place the scale under your dog's belly and pull the trigger, you should get a reading immediately.

If your dog is small, the scale is a little bigger.

The "E-Z BCS" - This scale is made to weigh dogs from 10 pounds (4.5 kg) to 60 pounds (27 kg) You do have to purchase a separate weight gauge to determine the weight. The scale is pretty big at 9"x11"x9" (23 cm x 27 cm x 23 cm), but if you take the scale to a vet, they might be able to have you put it in the back room or something.

The "Veterinary Scales" - This scale is not as accurate as the previous two, but the scale itself is smaller at about 4"x6"x2" (10cm x 15cm x 5cm) The scale has an "in-ground" method of weighing, which works well for most animals. There is a "tare" button at the bottom, and the scale will adjust for 0 to 4 pounds (1.8 kg)

Note: these scales are for veterinary use only.


I second the advice to not get a scale if your goal is "accuracy" for dly use. Just buy a small, inexpensive, accurate scale that you can read yourself, such as the Salter scale. You can adjust the weight limit, as well as the unit of measurement. Also get a second scale so you can have something a bit sturdier (it will also come in handy if your animal is bigger or smaller than your Salter)


You can go to a pet store that has a pet vet and buy one of those, but I don't think they can give you a certificate, so it might not be legal to take the animal in for treatment.

You might be able to find a local pet store that is interested in getting in the animal health business as well, or do what I did and go to an animal hospital that does the weight checks and have them weigh you. That way you can get them to check you whenever you need it.


I would recommend getting a digital scale with the same accuracy as the Petco digital scale. You can then easily track your weight weekly, which is what I did with my dog. You can also adjust the weight limit so that you don't get an inaccurate reading while eating. Also check the size of the bowl or contner used in the chart on the scale - sometimes if the bowl is too big or small the weight is inaccurate.

The pet store scales are useful, but as you noted they don't come with a certificate.


This is a scale I use. I'm not sure how the scale works, but it takes up less space than a bench scale, and is easy to carry around.

I've posted the detls on how to use it and instructions for other digital scales on this product page. The only problem with the scales I've had in the past is that some are too big to easily put in the dog's kennel (such as the one I bought secondhand) and the bowl doesn't always fill up to the correct weight.

I just weigh myself weekly to see if I need to up the amount of food I give to the dog (this has a tendency to overfeed the dog, though) and if he gets to 100lbs, I'll get a digital scale of the same model. That way I can get accurate weights without having to remember, without having to buy more digital scales, or without having to go back to the store.


The other options are to either use a commercial scale to weigh your food, or if you prefer your own kitchen scales, you can find some pretty inexpensive ones in most pet supply stores.

You would use these for at least 2 things:

To get an accurate measurement of your dogs food.

(I've used the other options I'll expln below and they were way too inaccurate, but this is the best solution that is still very affordable).

You don't want your dog eating 20% more food than you calculated, so you need to be able to measure your dog's food accurately.

To calibrate your own scales, so that you have the same measurements and weights across all of your scale devices, to keep your food cost down.

Your dog's food should be measured in a consistent manner, regardless of which scale device you are using. If you weigh your dog's food in the kitchen on a dly basis, you don't want