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Body Condition Scoring in Rodents

Posted on Apr 27, 2015

Body condition scoring methods are available for many species, including rodents. A mouse body condition scoring algorithm may be found at http://www.research.psu.edu/arp/experimental-guidelines/body-condition-scoring. Body condition scoring provides an objective and easy to use method that can provide a more accurate assessment of health and fitness than body weight measurements, especially in studies where animals may develop tumor masses or fluid accumulation that obscures true weight loss or lose muscle mass and fat over time.