Best Food For Corgi Puppy
Last Updated on February 1, 2023 by May Jones
If you just got your corgi puppy, the best food for your corgi is the same food they got from their breeder.
If you want to change the type of food you’re giving to your corgi, you need to make the change gradually.
For adult corgis, there are a couple of important considerations when it comes to what food is the best for them.
So, it really depends and it’s important to be cautious of online food recommendations as they don’t always have your dog’s best interest at heart.
I’ll do my best to explain how you can figure out what the best food for your corgi is throughout this article. Let’s get right into it 🙂
What food is good for Corgi puppies?
The thing with corgi puppies is, that they’re a bit like human babies. They can react very sensitive to abrupt changes, such as changing their diet from one day to another.
Because of that, the best food you can give to your corgi puppy is the exact same food they got from their breeder. Same quantities and all too, don’t change anything about it at the start (unless you have reason to believe that they don’t tolerate that food, in which case you should speak to your vet about it).
If you then decide you want to feed your corgi something else, it’s important to make the change gradually.
There are a couple of common reasons why you might want to change the food you’re giving to your corgi puppy:
- Your corgi is developing food sensitivities or allergies
- Your corgi is becoming an adult and needs to be transitioned to adult dog food
- You would like to feed your corgi a raw food diet
I’ll explain all these different scenarios in a bit more detail below.
How to switch the food of your corgi puppy
No matter why you’re changing your corgi’s food, it’s important that you’ll make the change gradually.
Over the course of about a week, give both the new and the old food. Here’s an example:
- Day 1-2: Give 3/4 of the old food and 1/4 of the new food
- Day 3-4: Give 1/2 of the old food and 1/2 of the new food
- Day 5-6: Give 1/4 of the old food and 3/4 of the new food
- Day 7: You’ve made it! Give only the new food.
Best food for corgi with food sensitivities & allergies
There is no single best food for corgis with food sensitivities or allergies. If your corgi is showing any signs of food allergies (think skin problems, digestive issues, itching), it’s best to immediately consult a vet, especially if your corgi is still a puppy. There’s so much development going on in their small bodies, and they really need a good, balanced diet to grow into healthy adult dogs.
I know that sometimes this isn’t an option for financial reasons, but I would still urge you to at least make a few phone calls to vets, and see if you can get some free advise over the phone. Nutrition is so important for your corgi, you really don’t want to do too much experimenting on your own based on things you’ll find on the internet.
Having said that, what will then follow most of the time, is that your corgi will go on an elimination diet. This means that you’ll feed your corgi simple food that he’s never had before to see if that makes a different to their symptoms. If that helps, you’ll then slowly start to reintroduce old foods to see if they cause a reaction.
Best food for adult corgis
There is no single best food for adult corgis. Be cautious of articles on the internet telling you otherwise. I’ll explain why.
Your corgi is unique. Not all dogs react the same way to different types of foods. Your corgi may be sensitive to an ingredient that causes no issues to other corgis. It’s important to keep this in mind when transitioning your corgi to adult dog food.
If you’ve been feeding your corgi a particular puppy food brand, the easiest option is to use the same brand for adult food. Don’t forget to slowly transition your corgi to the new diet as outlined above. Monitor your corgi for the first few weeks on a new diet. See if it causes any reaction, such as digestive issues, itching, or skin problems.
Consult a vet if you notice any unexpected issues that are of concern. Try a different brand and see if that helps. Don’t forget to slowly transition between old and new foods as outline above. If you can’t afford to consult a vet, see if you can call one to ask if there’s a particular dog food brand that they recommend for your corgi.
Best raw food diet for corgis
The best raw dog food diet for your corgi is one that’s balanced and meets all nutritional guidelines. Raw food diets are a controversial topic, and I’ll do my best to explain why.
Feeding a raw food diet to our dogs is a relatively new phenomenon. I mean, not really, there’s always been a bunch of people doing it. What I mean is that it’s only recently started to become a popular choice for the wider public rather than just a minority of dog owners doing it. This means that there’s a strong and growing demand, but not much scientific research on the topic that’s available.
I’ve gone through some of the bigger research papers that are currently publicly available, and here are some of the key findings:
- There’s a lack of large cohort studies to evaluate risk or benefit or raw meat diets fed to pets, but there is enough evidence to compel vets to discuss human health implications of these diets (Source: Raw food diets in companion animals: A critical review, 2011)
- It is possible to create complete, species-appropriate raw dog foods that meet nutritional guidelines. A trial with 26 adult dogs showed no adverse health effects or significant loss of weight (Source: Raw Proof. The results of a 24-month research investigation into a species-appropriate diet for dogs, 2018)
- A survey found out that many dog owners are unaware of the risks posed by raw diets and often rely on questionable sources for advice on pet nutrition (Source: Raw meat-based diets for dogs: survey of owners’ motivations, attitudes and practices, 2019)
- At this time, there are no scientific studies showing any health benefits of raw diets. However, numerous studies show that there are health risks for dogs that are eating a raw diet (nutritional deficiencies, risk of ingestion of bones). (Source: Tufts University, 2012)
You see, it’s a controversial topic, just like it is with different diets for humans. It may be good for some, make no difference to others, and may be worse for someone else. It seems that the only thing that can be agreed upon is that there’s more research required, to come to a better conclusion.
What is also worth mentioning, is that – in my opinion – there’s a very understandable reason to why vets don’t typically recommend raw food diets. Since there really isn’t that much research available, they would put themselves at risk of being held responsible, maybe even legally liable, if they would recommend a raw diet and something does go wrong (likely due to the dog owner’s fault).
I mean, they don’t live with you, they don’t know you that well, and they have no control over whether at the end of the day, you’ll really be feeding your corgi a nutritionally balanced raw diet. For the average person, it’s much harder to get that balance right with raw ingredients than it is with pre-made commercial dog food. If you ask me, that’s fair enough and understandable.
Now, having said all that, what we can be sure about is that the demand for raw dog food is growing, and with that growing demand, there’ll be more research coming out. So, that’s a good thing. It’s all happening, and there’ll be more conclusive answers to our questions available in the near future.