Our boy has been weird with food since we got him -- not interested in eating his food much -- but now he's older I'm not so stressed about it. However, lately he's started eating all his food! Win! It could be a winter thing, not sure :D
So I'd just like to check in and make sure we're not under/over feeding him. I was wondering if anyone can tell me how much they feed their Corgis by weight, not in cup measurements? I'm not in the US and cup sizes differ in different parts of the world. All of the info I've found in here talks in cups :)
We feed him grain free dry food. I've done a 'cup to grams' calculation that says 1/2cup = 6oz = 170gm -- does that sound about right to you guys? 170g in 1/2c seems a lot to me as usually with flour 1c = 150g... I've seen a post saying someone feeds their dog 1/2c three times a day, so I'm not sure about the calculations! BTW That's not how much we feed him -- just trying to get an idea of the cups :D
Cups is a measure of VOLUME, not weight, so you cannot work it out that way.
1 Cup (USA) is approximately 1/4 of a liter by volume. I hope that helps.
Thanks for the info.Cups are a convenient way to measure the amount of food to give but it is problematic. For example, you can fit a smaller mass of dog food into a cup if the kibbles are big and much more mass if the kibbles are small. Given that we all use a different brand of dog food, please let me know if you know how your cup volumes relate to mass.
That is true, but volume is a poor indicator of nutrient content, so really there are many other factors that go into figuring out dog nutrition including absorption (how much of the food can actually be absorbed by the dog). Here in US a good place to get info on dog foods is Dog Food Advisor: https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/
You can only go so far in doing things scientifically because each dog will have a different metabolism, some require more food, some less, even if they are the same size and breed. I am old fashioned and go by how the dog looks and feels (you need to be able to feel spine and ribs without excessive effort), adjusting food intake by activity level, age or season. If you feed a good quality food, I find that guideline sufficient. If a dog gains or looses weight disproportionately to what it eats, I then would check with the Vet for underlying issues. There have been many discussions on dog foods here in the past, so a search will bring up more that you may find interesting and helpful.
Thanks for you reply.
Does anyone else know how much grain free food by weight they feed their Corgi?
always measured mine. They have always gotten 1/2 cup 2 times a day(grain free). I love dog food advisor as it also has the ingredients and any recalls!!!!
Can you do me a favour an put that 1/2cup on a scale for me?! :D Yes I've read the website for food advice, too.
I don't feed dry food, so my calculations probably are irrelevant. The best thing, I think, is to read the instructions on the package and follow their advice, adjusting slightly as you observe whether the dog loses or gains weight.
With the real food, my dogs each get 1/4 pound twice a day (113.4 grams), plus a small amount of high-end kibble to cover whatever arcane vitamins might be missing in a mix of meat, veggies, blueberries (occasionally), and starch. I weigh each dog regularly: their weight stays stable at about 21-22 pounds (neither is one of the larger types of corgi).
Dunno if I'd use the word "crazy," but to repeat myself: weigh your dog regularly. It's easy enough to find out what a dog like yours should weigh -- ask the breeder, if you have one; otherwise, ask the vet. At least until you figure out what portion seems to be right, weigh about once a week (more, if you're obsessive). Once you think you have it right, weigh about once a month.
At the same time, eyeball the dog. You should be able to feel the dog's ribs through its coat...obviously, it shouldn't be emaciated, but if you can't rub his sides and feel his ribs, be may have too much fat between your fingers and his bones.
It's important to keep tabs on a corgi's weight, because this is a critter that will eat until it runs out of food. And they'll eat anything. Cassie likes to bring in mummified oranges that she's found under the trees and chew those up. This morning Ruby was caught trying to eat a wad of fur and tangled with leaves, a prize found in the backyard. As for actua,l real food? HECK YEAH!