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Wysong Optimal Adult Dry Dog Food

by Wysong
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March 7, 2019
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Wysong Optimal Adult is a mid-priced dog food with average quality. This product has 2 controversial ingredients including an artificial preservative. It has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs with excellent meat and fat quality overall. Wysong has a below-average number of recalls compared to other dog food brands but was not very transparent when answering our questions.

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TYPE
Dry Dog Food
PRICE
$$
BREED SIZE
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
Low Glycemic
PACKAGE
5 lbs
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Wysong Corporation

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Nutrition

Nutrition

This food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat, and carbs. Diets that are high in protein and fat, with moderate to low carbs, are ideal for most dogs.

To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more

Label Claim

Dry Matter

Min. Protein 46.67%

Min. Fat 15.56%

Min. Carbs 30.00%

Max. Fiber 6.11%

Max. Ash 7.78%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 42.0%

Min Fat: 14.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 5.5%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 10.0%

Calories

Calories

441 Calories per Cup

This product has a relatively high amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. If your dog has fair to low activity levels, you may want to feed less than the labels recommend amount, since high-calorie foods like this are often feed to more active dogs who require a higher amount of daily calories. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.

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This is a grain-free dog food. The FDA is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. There is not enough evidence yet to affect our ratings but we've created an article for you explaining the topic.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Score
80%
67
Total Ingredients
2
Controversial Ingredients

Chicken Meal, Organic Chicken, Turkey Meal, Pea Protein, Peas, Sweet Potato, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Flaxseeds, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Dried Whey, Montmorillonite Clay, Crab Meal, Coconut Oil, Chia Seeds, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Calcium Propionate (a preservative), Dried Tomato Pomace, Choline Chloride, Yeast Extract, Organic Barley Grass Powder, Dried Blueberry Powder, Dried Kelp, Dried Yogurt, Apple Pectin, Citric Acid (a preservative), Dried Kale, Dried Spinach, Dried Carrots, Fish Oil, Inulin, Mixed Tocopherols (a preservative), Rosemary Extract, Yeast Culture, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid [source of Vitamin C], Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Lactis Fermentation Product, Pepper.

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. Wysong Optimal Adult Dry Dog Food has 2 controversial ingredients, explained further down below.


Top 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.

  • Chicken Meal
    Meat meals are the result of cooking. Water is removed from meats to create a protein-rich meal powder. Meat meals contain about four times the protein meats do, so generally, they're a good source of nutrients. Chicken meal is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Organic Chicken
    Organic chicken is generally a healthy dog food ingredient. It provides nutrients like protein, fat, B vitamins, selenium and choline. Organic dog food ingredients are free of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, pesticides, chemical fertilizers and artificial preservatives. They are also not allowed to be genetically modified.
  • Turkey Meal
    Meat meals are the result of cooking. Water is removed from meats to create a protein-rich meal powder. Meat meals contain about four times the protein meats do, so generally, they're a good source of nutrients.

  • Pea Protein
    Pea protein is an extract of the pea plant. Peas are a good source of carbs, fiber and protein. Peas are starchy but high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. We consider this a healthy dog food ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that there is a potential link between peas and canine heart disease. It is still too early to draw conclusions so we cannot yet say if peas are a generally high-quality dog food ingredient or should be avoided.

  • Peas
    Peas are a good source of carbs, fiber and protein. Peas are starchy but high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. We consider this a healthy dog food ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that there is a potential link between peas and canine heart disease. It is still too early to draw conclusions so we cannot yet say if peas are a generally high-quality dog food ingredient or should be avoided.

Controversial Ingredients

  1. Calcium Propionate (a preservative)
  2. Calcium Propionate is an artificial preservative that helps to prevent mold in dog food. Chronic exposure has been linked to headaches as well as behavior changes in children that include irritability, restlessness, inattention and sleep disturbances.
  1. Fish Oil
  2. Fish oil in general is very nutritious, supplying healthy Omega fatty acids and other nutrients to your dog. However, this ingredient doesn't show which animal(s) it's actually made from, making it less transparent and potentially low-quality. Because of that, we consider it a controversial ingredient.



Country of Origin

Wysong Optimal Adult is made in the USA. this typically leads to higher quality because of safety standards that are enforced in the United States.


Meat & Fat Quality

This product includes Chicken Meal, Organic Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat, Crab Meal, and Coconut Oil. These are the major protein and fat sources, so it’s great to see that all of them show clearly which animals and plant they come from. However, the included Fish Oil is less transparent.


Artificial Preservatives

This product contains Calcium Propionate, a  controversial artificial preservative. We have described Calcium Propionate above, but one more important point: It’s good to know that ‍not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.


Artificial Colors

Wysong Optimal Adult Dry Dog Food includes no artificial colors at all. That’s what you want to see, great!


Artificial Flavors

While it falls short on preservatives, this food does well when it comes to artificial flavors. In other words, it has none.

Recalls

Recalls

Score
100%
1
Brand Recalls

Wysong has had no dog food recalls in recent years, excellent.

Transparency

Transparency

Score
9%

We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.

How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?

Wysong did not reply to the first email, and their second email was a general reply that did not address the questions. Here is the response:


Unfortunately, due to the volume of inquiries, and varying, ever-expanding points of view on what constitutes quality pet foods and sound pet nutrition, we do not have the time or resources to specifically address and satisfy all perspectives.


What we’d offer is the fact that Wysong foods have been fed to tens of thousands of pets over the past 40 years (since 1979) with tremendous health results. Our foods and (equally important) Dr. Wysong’s nutritional/feeding philosophy have had an overwhelmingly, inarguably positive impact. We are not a new organization with something to prove. In an industry filled with nonsense, and “johnny-come-lately” profit-oriented types, our long track record of actually advancing pet health and nutritional innovation speaks for itself.


We engage in little to no marketing, and have grown almost entirely by word of mouth thanks to our customer base promoting their positive experiences. Our small family organization has withstood numerous challenges from big corporate entities and industry participants intent on stymieing real innovation and truthful health messaging.


Throughout our history we’ve originated many meaningful pet food developments and trends. Examples include: Fresh meats in extruded “kibble” diets, probiotic and enzyme inclusion in processed pet foods, Starch Free™ kibble diets, freezedried raw diets, various targeted pet supplements, an emphasis on high meat (protein & fat) content, promotion of food variety & rotation and the ills of the “100% Complete and Balanced Pet Food” claim, and more.


We would appreciate you spending time exploring www.Wysong.net and our associated websites. If you have not already, please sign up for our “100 Pet Health Truths™” program at www.WysongPetHealth.net. The answers to almost all inquiries that we receive can be found by exploring these resources.


Thank you again for your interest. Whether you choose Wysong foods or not, please carefully consider our information and messaging. Advancing pet health through multiple channels was our goal when founded, and remains our preeminent goal to this day – more so than just selling Wysong foods.


If you’re a critical thinker, chances are your perspective on what’s truly important in pet health and nutrition will come to be aligned with ours.


We wish you and yours the very best of health.

Does Wysong have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

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Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

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Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?

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What country are your products manufactured?

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Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

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What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?

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Does Wysong own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

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Do any parts of your product come from China?

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