CSJ Specialist Canine Feeds

Feeding Guide


Too Thin, Too Fat!

How much should you feed your dog?

Experience shows us that just like humans, feeding quantities vary from dog to dog. It’s all to do with metabolism, health, age, energy and activity levels. That’s why we recommend a Body Condition Scoring Chart to work how out much you should feed your dog.

It’s about what your dog needs as well as what it likes

  • Two half meals per day are better than one

  • Always have a supply of fresh, clean water

  • As fit as the food your dog eats

Just like humans, individual dogs use nutrients and energy in food differently. Remember it all depends on metabolism, health, age, energy and activity levels.

Feed for life

Be careful that if you feed more than your dog’s body needs, these extra calories can be stored as fat and can lead to obesity.

It’s a legal requirement for us to show you a Rough Feeding Guide based on weight, so we’ve provided one. However, we have to let you know that this doesn’t tie in with the heart and soul of CSJ, because every dog is different and needs an individual recommendation.

From weaning through to old age

All dogs need a wide range of nutrients to live a long and healthy life. These range from protein and fats which dogs need in large quantities to vitamins and minerals which are needed in smaller amounts and vital for your dog’s health. We provide the percentages of nutrients on the label. If you’d like more information, please get in touch with our Nutrition Expert, Nicki 

Kick it and you have won

Be aware of the risk of loose stools. We aim for ‘kickable’ stools! This indicates the food completely suits your dog’s digestion.


Weight too heavy

1. Ribs palpable with slight excess fat covering. Waist is discernible viewed from above – but not prominent. Abdominal tuck apparent.

2. Ribs palpable under very heavy fat cover or palpable only with significant pressure. Heavy fat deposits over lumbar area and base of tail. Waist absent. No abdominal tuck. Obvious abdominal distension may be present.

3. Massive fat deposits over thorax, spine and tail. Waist and abdominal tuck absent. Fat deposits on neck and limbs.


Weight just right

1. Ribs are easily seen with a minimal layer of fat cover. The waist is easily noted when seen form above. An abdominal tuck is evident.

2. Ribs are easily felt without an excess layer of fat. The waist is easily noted behind the ribs when viewed from above. Abdomen is tucked up when viewed.


Weight too thin

1. Ribs, lumbar, vertebrae, pelvic bones and all bony prominences are easy to see at a distance. There’s no discernible body fat and a clear loss of muscle mass.

2. Ribs, lumbar vertebrae and pelvic bones are easily visible. There’s no obvious fat and some evidence of other bony prominence. Minimal loss of muscle mass.

3. Ribs are easily felt and are easily visible with no fat. You can see the tops of the lumbar-vertebrae and the pelvic bones are becoming prominent. The waist is clear.

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Nutritional help & advice.

Nutritional help available by email only. Contact Nutrition Enquiries