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    I just noticed one of Gracie's bags of dry food she has been eating has a "best if used by date" of July 09. Could this be giving her diarrhea, even though she has been eating it for a while now? We are going to the vet tomorrow, please send some good thoughts and prayers for her. Thanks everyone, I'll post after our visit tomorrow.

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    I would bet that it could. In fact, I think I may have read somewhere that that date should be followed. I am keeping her in my thoughts and prayers, Lisa.
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    Sometimes the dates mean nothing, but it depends on the food (ingredients, etc). A lot of companies will only test a food's shelf life for 18 months (for example..) so that's the farthest they went, so they only put that date on their bags.. but a lot of times food it still okay afterward.

    That said, food can go bad, so it could cause it as well.

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    Thanks for sharing that Justine, good to know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MNLab View Post
    Thanks for sharing that Justine, good to know!
    No problem. Just one of the many things I've learned from working in a clinic.

    A lot of times a bag of food will be past its' date and even my coworkers will still use it for their dogs.

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    Too many factors go along with that date. If you kept it in a cool, dry, and maybe in a sealed bin, it could be just fine. If kept out in the garage through the summer in an open bag, probably went bad long before the date.

    If you buy large bags, it should be lept in some kind of sealed container. BobPr fills large ziplock type bags when he gets a new 40 lb bag and then keeps them in a freezer, opening one at a time.

    Anyway, I agree with the others. The food could be making the sick.
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    BobPr fills large ziplock type bags when he gets a new 40 lb bag and then keeps them in a freezer, opening one at a time.


    LMAO!!!!

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