Vicki Combs is the director of Arizona Cactus Corgi Rescue. She has several Corgis and years of experience with the breeds. Vicki was kind enough to do a guest post for us earlier in September on the topic of keeping Welsh Corgis at healthy weights with proper feeding and exercise. The response to it was extremely enthusiastic!
I’m happy to have Vicki back on the blog today, as she answers some of the questions readers asked after reading the post. Take it away, Vicki!
Sarah A.: I have a Corgi who needs to lose ten more pounds but seems to be stuck at his current weight. He has lost ten since we got him and isn’t gaining any, but it just won’t go away. I was wondering what everyone feeds their Corgi to help them lose weight? We use the Rachel Ray Healthy Weight with green beans, pumpkin and a small amount of wet food. Any suggestions?
Vicki: How much kibble are you feeding? You need to reduce the amount of kibble by 10% to start, adding in filler of green beans or 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin. You can also add water to the food as a filler. Same as with humans, if we drink more water throughout the day, we are fuller and don’t feel we need to eat as much. What brand of wet food? Is it also a weight reducing wet food ? You really need to reduce the amount of calories. And an extra walk a day will help with increasing exercise.
Kyle E.: After reading this article I still have unanswered questions because our Corgi is at 40 pounds but gets fed Blue Buffalo salmon/potato diet at his recommended age/size amount, and everyone is saying 40 is overweight even at one year. He has a defined waist, his ribcage can be felt, and he isn’t a chow hound AT ALL. He’s 100% purebred and his parents were big; could that be it?
Vicki: Hi Kyle, sounds like you’re right on track. A 40 pound Corgi on a larger frame can be in great shape. When we cited 25 pounds in the previous post, that’s a general number for most, but not all, Corgis. As I mentioned, Joey at 80 pounds was very obese, whereas Sissy at 65 pounds was much more so, due to body frame. If you can lightly run your hands down his sides and feel his ribs and he has a nice waist definition and no big “pot belly”, you’re on the right track for managing his weight.
Cardigans are of a larger body structure also, again generally. I have seen smaller Cardis, but they are not the norm. That’s okay. Nothing wrong with being “big boned”. When we wrote this article, we didn’t mean EVERY Corgi had to weigh 25 pounds. That’s our generalization for most Corgis. Some Corgis are fine at 30 pounds; they are a bit larger, but not as big as your boy sounds. Talk with your veterinarian on your next visit, have them evaluate. They should have a chart in their office depicting a heavy dog, a dog in good shape and one underweight. They can show you that and let you get an idea. Thank you for taking the time to ask and be concerned. Sounds like you’re doing great!
Dawn W.: I’m curious how much water you add. We’re already feeding the same amounts and I am adding water, but I don’t know if it’s enough or too much.
Stephanie G.: I need help figuring out just how much to feed a dog that is 10 pounds overweight.
Rhonda A.: Thank you for your post. We’ve always fed our Myke a half cup of food twice a day, so I got that right. We’ve gone to low-cal treats, but green beans do not agree with his tummy. I’ll try the pumpkin. He has the hourglass figure, but seems uncomfortable at 43 pounds. He also doesn’t like his fur to get too long, he gets grouchy. Anyone else have that problem?
Jocelyn C.: My almost two year-old Brynn has to lose 17 pounds! We’ve cut her food down to 3/4 cup of mixed food a day now. I had no idea that rawhide chews were fattening! My 10 year-old male eats exactly the same and he only weighs 26 lbs. He is naturally more athletic and she is a sitter. Wish her luck!
Vicki: GOOD LUCK! You and she CAN DO IT! We are all pulling for you! You’ll have to keep us posted on how she’s doing. Not wanting to promote any one brand, as I’ve mentioned, every food has pros and cons, but for support and encouragement, I suggest you visit Project Pet Slim Down. Sponsored by Purina Veterinary Diets, there are tips, hints, and areas where you can chart her progress, a multitude of information for pets with weight problems and “weight coaches” to help.
Your dog has you to coach and support her with this, and you have the Corgi Nation behind you for support! Good luck and keep us updated!
Mindy K.: You mentioned feeding pumpkin. How much? I feed mine a cup in the morning. Should I split it up into two feeds?
Vicki: Is she overweight or maintaining a normal weight? If maintaining, you are doing just fine. If she is overweight, you can reduce the kibble just a tad and keep the pumpkin as is. We add 2-3 tablespoons of pumpkin, and for a treat, we fill a Kong toy, freeze it, and then give it to them during the day to lick on. It keeps them entertained and is a true no-fat treat 🙂