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Reasons to Calibrate Your Veterinary Scales

Once you’ve purchased a veterinary scale, it’s important to know how to look after it to ensure accurate results with every use. A big part of weighing scale upkeep is calibration, and this is no different for animal and veterinary scales. 

In this blog, we’re going to go over why it’s essential to calibrate your vet scales, and how this can affect the welfare of your animal and your business.

Reasons to calibrate your veterinary scales

Prescribing medicines and antibiotics

Weight can be used to determine things such as dietary requirements and dosages of medicines and antibiotics when issuing prescriptions. Too little of an antibiotic and the medicine may not be affective, whilst too much can be dangerous for the animal. Accurate weight measurements from a calibrated animal scale help to avoid any mistakes during treatment, improving animal safety and welfare.    

Saving money

Animal scales can also be used to help save money and avoid things such as unnecessary overfeeding. Your pet will need a set amount of food per day, and overfeeding will not only make your animal overweight, but will also increase expenditure on feed.

A simple feeding scale such as the CBX Compact Bench Scales can be used to weigh out every meal, but they won’t be much use if they’re uncalibrated. Calibration is key to ensuring that your scales remain accurate, and prevent users from potentially weighing out too much food, which over time can be a costly mistake!

Keeping track of animal development

Vets are ultimately responsible for an animal’s welfare and weight measurements are a crucial way in which to keep track of a pet’s health and development, so it’s essential they show an accurate figure. If a weight reading is too low or too high, it could be an early indication that something is wrong with your pet.


Using uncalibrated weighing scales can not only be dangerous for the animal, but for professional vets it can be damaging for their business. Vets are trusted to deliver accurate data and to give the correct and necessary care to a pet, and getting weight readings absolutely right should be no different.

Our best animal weighing scales

Still looking for the perfect veterinary scale? Here is our pick for the accurate, reliable weighing of small, medium and large sized animals:

Adam ABW ‘Aqua’ Small Pet Scale

For weighing small animals such as Guinea pigs, hamsters and small reptiles, the Adam ABW ‘Aqua’ is a perfect option. This scale is robust and durable, as well as being IP67 rated to protect from any spillages or dirt from entering and damaging the scale. As well as weighing pets, it can also be used to weigh out medicines or animal feed.

CPWPlus M and CPWPlus L Veterinary Scale

The CPWPlus M and the CPWPlus L are both long lasting, stainless steel veterinary weighing scales with separate weighing indicators from British manufacturer Adam Equipment. They are both perfect for veterinary practises, with the M range having a 500mm x 500mm platform size – perfect for cats and medium dogs - and the L having a 900mm x 600mm platform size – perfect for larger dog breeds.

Adam AELP Pallet Weigh Beams

Lightweight and portable, the AELP Pallet Beams from Adam Equipment are perfect for weighing larger animals that require a higher capacity scale, such as livestock. They can easily be combined with large cages or cattle crushes, and boast enclosed channels with high quality load cells capable of dealing with demanding animals weighing applications.  

If you require any help with calibrating your veterinary scale, please Get In Touch with us and we will be happy to help. To see our full range of animal and veterinary scales, please click here.

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