We all love to spoil our Corgis, and that usually includes feeding treats. Unfortunately, our kindness can be detrimental to their health if we are giving our Corgis more calories than they can burn off. Whether you have a Pembroke or a Cardigan, your Corgi needs to stay trim to be healthy. In addition, weight gain can be a sign of health issues, so if you notice yours is getting pudgy, a vet visit is a wise idea. Since it’s hard to tell under all that fluff, a good place to notice body condition is during bath time or grooming. The following are three signs your Corgi is overweight.
#1 – No Definition
Although every breed of dog has a different body shape, they should all have some definition. The Cardigan Welsh Corgi should have a prominent breastbone, a deep rib cage, and a tucked up loin with a well-defined waist. Pembroke Welsh Corgis also have a deep rib cage, but will have a less defined waist and only a slight tuck at the loin. Dr. Sophia Yin’s website has a great, easy to follow guide for checking this.
#2 – Unable To Reach That Itch
Okay- so their body shape can sometimes cause problems in this area, but in general your Corgi should be able to groom herself. If she can’t scratch her ear because she can’t bend enough to get that leg up there, she is probably carrying a few too many pounds.
#3 – Easily Overexerted
Do you walk a few steps and your Corgi is already panting and wanting to stop? Barring hot weather, this is a sign that he is out of shape and probably overweight. It’s time to talk to the vet about a diet and exercise regimen that will slowly get him back on track. Be careful about pushing your Corgi to exercise more than their body can handle – that can cause problems too – so work with your vet.