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Hi, Im new here and I have a problem with my basset Samson. He came to me severely underweight as a stray about a year and a half ago.He is about 2 1/2 now.All food at that time upset his stomach or gave him diarrea. The vet and I tried everything to get him settled, several medications and home cooking did not help. Finally with the advice from another basset owner I found a dog food that he could eat. Heres my problem: I now find out this company is the number one most wanted for animal cruelty. Samson does still get loose bowls on occasion if he gets into something and my vet said this would be a life long problem. Does anybody have any ideas or know of any similar situations that had a happy ending? Thanks for any advice!
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My first basset had some sort of food intolerance, with vomiting and diarrhea. After some experimentation, we found a preparation that she did well on, and we kept her on that preparation for the rest of her life. She lived for another 10+ years. :)
From Food Allergy Myths, W.C. Brooks DVM,
MYTH: “Soy and corn are common food allergens and it is best to seek pet foods without these ingredients to avoid problems.”

FACT: The most common food allergens for dogs are: beef, dairy, and wheat. These three ingredients account for 68% of canine food allergies.
From Canine Food Allergies,
Dogs are not likely to be born with food allergies.  More commonly, they develop allergies to food products they have eaten for a long time.  The allergy most frequently develops in response to the protein component of the food; for example, beef, pork, chicken, or turkey.
The digestibility of corn and other foods depends, in large part, on processing. Corn in most commercial dog foods is ground and cooked, increasing its digestibility. Different types of corn products meet different nutritional needs. Some corn products meet carbohydrate needs, some have most of the carbohydrate removed and are a protein source, and some consist largely of fiber.

For more information, see Iams Technical Bulletin No. 6R Quick Facts About Corn and Carbohydrates.

[ August 07, 2004, 02:34 PM: Message edited by: Betsy Iole ]
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