Is there some secret to keeping Corgi's derrieres poop-free? There, I said it!
We are new to Corgis (via taking in my Mom's) and I don't know how to solve this.
Since we don't know what she has been eating (my Mom had her and has dementia so I know, due to how huge she is that she fed her anything and everything). We are experimenting with weight-loss dry food formulas and though her BM's aren't particularly messy, she does seem to leave some behind and I have to be sure she is clean (ick) before she comes in the house or clambers back in the car after a walk where she has done her business.
Do folks take their dogs and ask groomers to trim that area? I have tried myself but she sits down every time and I am afraid to snip her instead of her fur. Is this an odd question?
Do others have the same issue... I feel awkward asking, but want to do the right thing. Is it OK to cut a bigger, barer patch in that area of her anatomy? Never had a dog without a tail!
I know know why my Mom's house had stains all over it and do not want the same here. Plus, it makes her stinky! Poor thing...
I appreciate any feedback or tips -- maybe I am the only one out here with this issue but if not, please chime in. I hope I am not offending anyone by asking.
Valerie (and Duchess)
You are not the only one here with this issue!! You can take her to a groomers and ask them for a sanitary trim. I am thinking maybe from experimenting with different foods that might be making her bms a bit messy and maybe causing this issue. When you swtich foods, it should be done gradually over a period of time and slowly introduce the new food in with the old, til you get to the point that you can switch 100 percent to the new food you wanted to. Maybe you are already doing that, but I thought I would mention in case this was causing the issue. Baby wipes come in handy for clean ups too.
I don't get this problem too bad with my two corgis, but it's probably due to the fact that they are still young and don't have a full set of pants yet. If Tomahawk gets a little dirty down there, I clean him with a baby wipe. You can do as Natalie suggested and get her little bum area trimmed down. I'm sure that will help cut down with the cleaning time lol.
I trim Lillys butt all the time! She is a fluffy, and it is really difficult to keep her clean. I also have a furminator, and I can get the little dry Klingons off if i use it...but since the furminator has a blade, you just have to be careful with it.
Thanks, everyone. Due for a nail trim so we will do a sanitary trim, too. I invested in a Furminator right off the bat and it has truly helped with keeping the fur from flying. She really loves me to brush her and nudges my hand if I stop or slow down. So precious. My Mom was feeding her canned dog and lots of human food from what we can tell-- we have been experimenting a bit. Obviously, from the size of her, she has had waaaay too much of whatever she was enjoying -- she is VERY voracious. Our doxies are much gentler with their food! HA!
canned food also can cause looser stool as well as table foods, some corgis have sensitive tummies.
Sounds like you're doing a great job! Your mom may have just been following the feeding guide on the dog food packages, which is usually way too much for a Corgi. You probably already know, but in case you don't, Corgis should be fed "big dog" rather than "small dog" kibble. I don't know how overweight your mom's Corgi is. How much weight does your vet think needs to be dropped? Hopefully he can help you with a gradual diet plan that helps your Corgi reach the desired weight as easily as possible for all of you! It took a while for your Corgi to get overweight, so you can undo it over night. Be patient. If you have time, exercise, walks, games of fetch help shed pounds and make it fun! Good luck!
I would say her food is not agreeing with her. This should be only an occasional, not routine, issue with a Corgi. Tummy upset = messy poops = messy pants. We had this issue for awhile with Jack, found that too much chicken gives him soft poops, switched his food to lamb and he's been fine ever since.
Valerie: Since you are new, I thought I would point out a great feature about Mycorgi. It has a search box in the top right corner where you can type in key words and find lots of great discussions about things that interest you. One of the hints you will find is give your corgi veggies like frozen green beans to help her keep from feeling like you are starving her. (They ALL claim they are starving, which is why so many corgis are fat). Another great tip I learned is that a tablespoon of canned plain pumpkin a day helps firm up soft stools. There is so much great advice and wonderful people here, welcome to corgidom!
Thanks so much -- I had not spotted the box so it will be very handy to have this. I am full of questions, but that was the most pressing one! Ha! I have done the pumpkin thing before with one of our Doxies that has had health issues. I do have lots still to learn about Corgis! xo
Oh Snickmom, it's you with great advice. I never heard about a T of canned pumpkin. Call me maybe, or call me crazy, but I have found that the angle that the Pems' tail is docked can make the "clean up" more labor intense, eg. some of my Corgis never have messy butts. Some always have messy butts. Certainly foods to keep the stools firm, baby wipes, and PUMPKIN, can help with the mess. I love mycorgi. Great place to keep learning!
I have adopted both dogs and cats who had this problem and it cleared up as soon as they got better food in consistent amounts.
We feed ours raw meat, delivered frozen by a Seattle company. This diet produces hard, clean, odorless poops. We add some Wellness kibble to soften the poops and our food bill. The more kibble we add, the softer and smellier they become (I'm an expert, 'cause I have to pick them up... urban neighborhood). So you could try adding some lean raw meat -- do some web research on this; it's easy albeit expensive for us, we just buy it.
If she's overweight, google "dog weight chart" dog weight chart and get an idea of what she'd best look like. Limit food ruthlessly. Give teeny, teeny match-head-sized treats, they don't have to be large. She won't be happy about this until she's trim and used to it.
Our dogs are quite used to lying on their backs between my legs as I sit on the floor, checking their feet, clipping claws, or combing. Just use a good hair scissors and be careful never to hurt her. To clip claws, I use one of those pliers-like guillotine tools with the U-shaped blade guard, BACKWARDS: I cut front-to-back, because it's more with-the-grain of the claw. It is much easier to do this when the feet are wet and the claw soft. Just cut a wee bit at a time off the tip, match-head size. She may scream bloody murder at first -- might help to have an assistant distract her -- but she should get used to it. This would be a good time to trim the "pants".
And yes, it can be a bit icky. One bar of hand soap per bag of dog food.