How To Care For A Corgi With An Upset Tummy

If your Corgi has an upset tummy, make sure they have plenty of water, don’t give them any food for 12-24 hours, and then offer them bland food such as plain chicken and white rice for a few days to help their stomach resettle. 

There is nothing worse than a Corgi with an upset tummy. I have a few horror stories that involve me stepping into the shower and coming out to see that my carpet and walls had been painted a rather controversial shade of brown (true story, I am still scarred). It’s not a fun time, but it sucks for them just as much as the cleanup sucks for us. 

If you want to know how to care for a Corgi with an upset tummy, you’re in the right place. There’s nothing more awful than those sad little eyes looking up at you while their stomach is churning, and I have everything from the possible causes to the best bland foods to feed them while they’re on the mend (after starving the little guys to let their stomachs settle). 

Shall we take a closer look at why your pup might have gastroenteritis?

Key Takeaways:

  • An upset tummy in dogs and Corgis are usually referred to as gastroenteritis
  • There are a number of causes for gastroenteritis, some of which are serious
  • Most of the time, your Corgi has an upset tummy because they’re feeling off 
  • All you need to do is stop feeding them for 12-24 hours, then give them bland food afterwards
  • The best bland food for Corgis is white rice and plain chicken 
  • An upset stomach should not last for more than 48 hours
How To Care For A Corgi WIth An Upset Tummy

How Do You Know When an Upset Stomach is Serious in Corgis?

An upset tummy in dogs is referred to as gastroenteritis, and this is a blanket term that covers general irritation and inflammation in the gut and intestinal tract. Normally, an upset stomach is just that. Your Corgi might experience diarrhea and vomiting, but this should clear up after a maximum of 48 hours

It’s the same as when humans have a stomach ache, and if it lasts longer, that normally means something else is wrong. If you are worried about your Corgi, these are the signs that a tummy ache is more than just feeling a little under the weather:

  • Refusing to drink for 12 hours or more 
  • Shaking or tremors 
  • Constant panting 
  • Weakness in muscles and joints 
  • Blood or mucus in stool or vomit 
  • Diarrhea that is very watery 
  • Constant vomiting 

Of course, you should always take your Corgi to the vet if you are worried about them. However, unless they are displaying any of the symptoms above, you should be fine to take care of them from home. Just make sure their stools become firmer, and they stop vomiting within 48 hours.

What are the Main Causes of an Upset Stomach in Corgis?

Just like humans, Corgis often get an upset stomach because they have eaten something they shouldn’t have or there is just a buildup of bacteria unsettling their gut. There could be a whole host of reasons why, but these are the main causes of canine stomach aches:

  • Inflammation
  • Food allergies 
  • Obstructions
  • Bacteria, such as Campylobacter
  • Bloating
  • Worms and other parasites
  • Digestive System Cancer
  • Viruses
  • Ulcers
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis
  • Organ diseases/malfunctions
  • Malabsorption
  • Motion Sickness
  • A sudden change in diet

As you can see, there is quite a list. However, most of the time it’s a simple case of bacteria or a mild virus that has your Corgi feeling unwell. It’s just good to be aware of the other causes so you can keep an eye on their health. Of course, you can also try to train them not to eat strange things off the ground, but we all know that doesn’t always work. 

How To Care For A Corgi WIth An Upset Tummy

How to Care for a Corgi with an Upset Stomach

Now, this is the most important part. Caring for a Corgi with an upset stomach is very simple, and all you need to do is follow my tried and tested advice. Even the most dramatic Corgis (and I have had a few) will settle down with this. 

First, you need to avoid feeding them for 12-24 hours. However, if they are a puppy under a year old, you cannot do this for more than 6-12 hours. Make sure they have plenty of water available, and don’t give them any food at all – their stomachs need time to settle. 

When time is up, you can introduce them to several very small meals throughout the day. These meals should be very bland, which is why white rice and plain chicken are typically recommended. It is gentle on their stomachs and gives them some of the nutrients they need while they recover. This should only be given to them for a maximum of three days. 

After three days, you can gradually mix their regular food in with the chicken and rice as you transition them back to their normal food. This is because switching over too quickly can cause an upset tummy all over again. It will take a couple of days to transition, but it’s worth it to stop their bellies from aching so much. 

Pro Tip: Your vet should be able to prescribe a special hydration drink you can put in their water bowl. This helps to replenish their electrolytes after being sick and having a bad stomach, aiding their recovery. It’s always worth having on hand, and they love chicken water. 

How To Care For A Corgi WIth An Upset Tummy

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it Common for Corgis to Have Stomach Issues? 

Corgis are just as likely as any other breed to have stomach issues or an upset tummy. These things happen, just like in humans, and it could be because they are feeling under the weather that day or they ate something that didn’t agree with them. It’s nothing breed-specific. 

How Long Does an Upset Stomach Last for Dogs?

Usually, an upset stomach does not last more than 48 hours in dogs. If they continue to suffer from diarrhea and vomiting even after the 48-hour period, it is important to call your vet and take your Corgi to get checked over. 

Are Scrambled Eggs Good for Corgis with Upset Tummies?

Yes, plain scrambled eggs are great for Corgis who have a bad stomach and aren’t feeling great. It is a bland food that most dogs love, and it shouldn’t make their symptoms worse – much like when you feed them chicken and rice. 

Final Thoughts 

Upset tummies are no fun for Corgis and owners alike, and it’s always worrying when your furry friend is feeling unwell. Of course, most of the time, there is nothing to worry about, and it’s no more severe than when we end up with a mild stomach bug. However, it is important to be aware of other possible causes and what they could mean for your pup. 

Taking care of a Corgi with an upset tummy isn’t particularly hard, and as long as you’re willing to dedicate yourself to being their personal cuddler and ensuring they have all the chicken and rice they could dream of, things will be just fine. Oh, and a little rehydration goes a long way… so does some training if you can. 

Bella is the founder of Doggy & Pooch. She rehomed Winston the corgi in Jan 2020 and now shares her best tips and interesting facts with corgi lovers globally.

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