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4/13/14 12:08 A

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I agree with much of what Birgit has already suggested to you.

I also have one of the Herding breeds - Rough Collies. If I were to feed one of my guys who are much bigger than a Corgi in height and weight 3 cups of food every day they would be morbidly obese in a very short time! Our biggest lad gets just under 3/4 cup of kibble per day, the others each get closer to 1/2 cup per day. We feed one of the better brands of dry food.

When we need to get any extra weight off the boys, we reduce the amount of their dry food by a corresponding amount of green beans that we add to their food. Our girl thinks green beans are one of the most disgusting foods out there and won't eat them unless she absolutely has to.... like about day 3 or 4 of reduced food in her bowl....

Have you cleared your new feeding regime with your vet? I would be a little concerned with giving your gal that much food in the first place, especially with all that added fiber.

My guys are currently operating mostly as couch potatoes, as we are not competing with anyone at the moment, so we keep a pretty close eye on their weights. They are all range from 22 1/2 " - 26" at the shoulder, and none of them weigh as much as you say your little girl weighs. The boys are 70 and 75 lbs. and our girl is 68 lbs (she is now on a bit of a diet to get rid of her 'love handles')

The only extras they get are three health supplements with their daily food - a dental product, glucosamine, and omega 3 capsules, plus they get half of a small dry 'cookie' as a reward when we are doing any training / tricks / "brush - ups". We only feed them once per day.
I never give my dogs anything that has not been first checked out and okayed by one of our vets.

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4/11/14 11:08 A

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Welcome! Do have her thyroid checked because hypothyroidism is very common in the breed and will lead to weight gain.
Exercise is great. I suggest a diet without any kibble, as all types are too high in carbs. If you don't want to feed a raw meat and bones diet it might still be a good idea to eliminate all carbohydrates (grains, processed foods like kibble, beans, peas, sugar etc.). Dogs do not need them in their diet at all , they are only added by the manufacturers because they are cheap fillers. Just protein and high-fat will work the best for weight loss and overall health for a breed like a corgi that has a slow metabolism by nature because they are bred to run all day chasing cows. I would try some eggs (breakup the shells and offer them too for calcium), canned sardines in water (with the bones), ground beef (not lower fat than 80/20) and maybe a teaspoon of plain yogurt for healthy gut bacteria. Keeping the carbs very low will also keep your dog from being so ravenously hungry because it normalizes blood sugars.

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My neighbour has 3 corgies and they are all little porkers. Dogs are good if you need to get them to lose weight as they are omnivorous, veggies and either a good quality dog food or raw diet can do wonders. It's a pity it doesn't work as well for us!! emoticon emoticon

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Just put our 4 year old corgie (grand daughter) (only one I have) on a diet. looked up on web site for obese corgies. decided to use 1/2 c good dry dog food, 1/2 c green beans and 1/2 c pumpkin, these are all 2x daily. Nervous about this, but our baby needs the weight off. She weighs 80Ibs. I love her so so much. going to do a little exercise with her also. She is a house dog, not a working dog. It's so hard to say no to that beautiful little face. I am learning one day at a time, to make better choices with our baby:)

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