Effects of dietary protein source on Basenjis with immunoproliferative enteropathy

Edward B. Breitschwerdt From the Departments of Companion Animal and Special Species Medicine (Breitschwerdt, Hurlbert, Babineau) and Statistics (Gerig), College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and The Iams Company (Hirakawa), PO Box 862, Lewisburg, OH 45338.

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Diane A. Hirakawa From the Departments of Companion Animal and Special Species Medicine (Breitschwerdt, Hurlbert, Babineau) and Statistics (Gerig), College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and The Iams Company (Hirakawa), PO Box 862, Lewisburg, OH 45338.

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Sue Ann Hurlbert From the Departments of Companion Animal and Special Species Medicine (Breitschwerdt, Hurlbert, Babineau) and Statistics (Gerig), College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and The Iams Company (Hirakawa), PO Box 862, Lewisburg, OH 45338.

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Thomas M. Gerig From the Departments of Companion Animal and Special Species Medicine (Breitschwerdt, Hurlbert, Babineau) and Statistics (Gerig), College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and The Iams Company (Hirakawa), PO Box 862, Lewisburg, OH 45338.

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Cynthia Babineau From the Departments of Companion Animal and Special Species Medicine (Breitschwerdt, Hurlbert, Babineau) and Statistics (Gerig), College of Veterinary Medicine, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27606, and The Iams Company (Hirakawa), PO Box 862, Lewisburg, OH 45338.

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Summary

The effects of 3 experimental diets that varied only in the source of dietary protein (ie, poultry, cereal, red meat) were compared in Basenjis (n = 8) with immunoproliferative enteropathy and healthy Beagles (n = 8). Significant differences in fecal character, serum IgA concentration, and intestinal digestive and absorptive function were not induced by the different sources of dietary protein. The results of this study do not support a causal role for dietary protein source in the pathogenesis of immunoproliferative enteropathy of Basenjis.

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The effects of 3 experimental diets that varied only in the source of dietary protein (ie, poultry, cereal, red meat) were compared in Basenjis (n = 8) with immunoproliferative enteropathy and healthy Beagles (n = 8). Significant differences in fecal character, serum IgA concentration, and intestinal digestive and absorptive function were not induced by the different sources of dietary protein. The results of this study do not support a causal role for dietary protein source in the pathogenesis of immunoproliferative enteropathy of Basenjis.

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