Digestion Responses to Low Oligosaccharide Soybean Meal by Ileally-Cannulated Dogs

Y. Zuo, G. C. Fahey, N. R. Merchen, N. L. Bajjalieh

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We investigated digestion responses to conventional and low oligosaccharide soybean meal (SBM) incorporation into diets for dogs. Five female dogs were fitted with T-type cannulas at the terminal ileum and fed five diets in a 5 x 5 Latin square design. Corn grain + poultry meal-based diets containing different levels and types of SBM (0% SBM, 18.55% conventional SBM, 18.55% low oligosaccharide SBM, 37.1% conventional SBM, 37.1% low oligosaccharide SBM) were formulated. Each period consisted of 11 d (7-d diet adaptation; 4-d collection of ileal digesta and feces). Intakes of DM, OM, CP, fat, and GE were not affected (P > .10) by treatment. Higher (P < .01) starch intakes and higher (P < .05) total dietary fiber (TDF) intakes were noted for dogs fed diets with SBM. Digestibilities of CP (P < .04) and starch (P < .002) at the ileum were higher for dogs fed the higher levels of SBM. Ileal digestibilities of most individual amino acids followed the CP response. Total tract digestibility of CP was higher (P < .006) in dogs fed the SBM diets. There were no significant differences in nutrient digestibilities between conventional and low oligosaccharide SBM. Stachyose and raffinose intakes by dogs were decreased dramatically (P < .001) as a result of substituting the low oligosaccharide SBM for conventional SBM at the higher dietary concentration, although sucrose intake by dogs fed low oligosaccharide SBM was higher (P < .001). Galactinol was present in low oligosaccharide SBM but not in conventional SBM. Total tract digestion of all oligosaccharides was near 100%. The low oligosaccharide SBM was digested as extensively, but no better than, conventional SBM.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2441-2449
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of animal science
Issue number10
StatePublished - Oct 1996


  • Digestibility
  • Dogs
  • Oligosaccharides
  • Poultry Meal
  • Soybean Meal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Food Science
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Genetics


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