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Susan Peters

Question:
Hi, I have been feeding my cats Wysong Vitality Feline Dry for quite some time now, that I buy from one of your distributors nearby. I just came across the following on the Web and would like a response from you regarding the issues and the very bad ratings that Susan Peters dished out for just about all of your pet products. I also buy your dog food and have always had trust in your products and even recommend it to friends and family, but I would like some clarification on the issues that she raises. Thank You.

By AskSusanPeters

Wysong Vitality Feline Diet Dry Food Cat Food Rating Pet Food Danger Gauge 66% Safe - Healthy Pet Foods Total Score = 20/30 Ask Susan Peters - Wysong Vitality Feline Diet Dry Food Healthy Pet Foods? Pet Food Danger Gauge 66% Dangerous and Toxic To Pets Most of the ingredients of this product are by-products of beer or wine production. Poultry Fat and Fish Oil are used to encourage a cat to eat ingredients they normally would not eat. The use of Corn, Wheat, and Soy are causing such awful conditions in pets including:
  • Abnormal nail growth
  • Bad breath
  • Blindness
  • Bloat
  • Cancer
  • CRF
  • Cushings Disease
  • Deafness
  • Dental disease
  • Dry and itchy skin
  • Ear aches
  • Ear infections
  • Early pet death
  • Fever
  • Hair loss
  • Heart conditions
  • Hot Spots on the skin
  • IBD
  • Kidney conditions
  • Liver conditions
  • Moles and warts
  • Seizures
  • Sore feet
  • Tumors
  • Weight gain
Fermentation Products - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Sugars are the common substrate of fermentation, and typical examples of fermentation products are ethanol, lactic acid, and hydrogen. However, more exotic compounds can be produced by fermentation, such as butyric acid and acetone.

Yeast carries out fermentation in the production of ethanol in beers, wines and other alcoholic drinks, along with the production of large quantities of carbon dioxide. Grain fermentation solubles are an inexpensive by-product of human food and beverage production which add little or no nutritional value to pet foods. Alcohols can cause the same damage to an animal's liver and brain as they cause in humans. But the effects can be deadly on animals since they are much smaller than us. The smaller the animal, the more deadly the effects can be. Even a small amount of alcohol may cause vomiting and damage the liver and brain.

Bacillus subtilis - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - widely used as additives in laundry deteregents may contaminate food but rarely causes food poisoning.

Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Important clinical infections caused by Enterococcus include urinary tract infections, bacteremia, bacterial endocarditis, diverticulitis, and meningitis. " WHAT ARE THESE PEOPLE THINKING? This thing can't be killed with ampicillin and does not serve any useful purpose in a pet's diet. WHY WOULD THESE PET FOOD PRODUCERS ADD SUCH INGREDIENTS AS THIS to our pet's diets"?

Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product - Fermentation Products - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Sugars are the common substrate of fermentation, and typical examples of fermentation products are ethanol, lactic acid, and hydrogen. However, more exotic compounds can be produced by fermentation, such as butyric acid and acetone.

Lactobacillus casei - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - most common application is industrial for dairy production.

Saccharomyces cerevisiae - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - also known as Brewer's Yeast, Ale Yeast, Top-Fermenting Yeast, Baker's Yeast, and Budding Yeast - It is one of the major types of yeast used in the brewing of beer.

Aspergillus niger - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - Used in cider and wine clarification. One of the most common causes of otomycosis (fungal ear infections), which can cause pain, temporary hearing loss and, in severe cases, damage to the ear canal and tympanic membrane.

Aspergillus oryzae - From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - to saccharify rice, potatoes and grains for fermentation in the making of alcoholic beverages as huangjiu, sake, awamori and shochu.

Yogurt - milk products can be toxic to pets past the age of weaning.

Garlic is known to be toxic to cats and dogs.

Oats, barley and other grains are toxic to cats.

Answer:
The misinformation and incompetence displayed in this material is astonishing. Unfortunately the Internet permits anyone to proclaim themselves a pet food expert.

Wysong is led by natural health doctors who have been developing nutritional products for the past 35 years. Thousands of veterinarians have used our products and we have almost 250 veterinary clinical consultants. Our success is entirely due to word of mouth due to the beneficial results people experience. Our products have been fed to tens of thousands of animals through multiple generations without ONE toxic event such as this libelous critic proclaims. http://www.wysong.net/testimonials.php.

That--actual experience with our products--should tell you all you need to know. Nevertheless, her outrageous claims will be briefly addressed:

1. Wysong ingredients are not by-products of beer and wine production. See: Healthier Grains. Also, Wysong does not use many of the ingredients she cites, but not for the reasons she puts forth.

See also:

http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/the-real-problem-in-pet-feeding.php

http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/the-pet-food-ingredient-game.php

http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/corn-and-soy.php

Fish oil is not a flavor additive. For more explanation and evidence of the benefits of fish oils and EFA's, please follow this link: http://www.wysong.net/PDFs/nutritious_oils.pdf

Animal fat is the natural fat consumed by carnivores. There are nutritional factors within animal fat that are even cardioprotective and anticarcinogenic. They contain important essential fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins and other fat-soluble nutrients valuable to carnivores. See: Lipid Nutrition.

By feeding "100% complete" processed foods to a pet for it's entire life, seeds are sown for degenerative diseases such as those she has mentioned. Individual ingredients are not to blame. Focusing on them is a distraction from what is important to health. See this link for more information on the myth of the 100% complete pet food: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/the-100-percent-complete-pet-food-myth.php. Please also see the Optimal Health Program™: http://wysong.net/wohp/.

2. Probiotics, fermentation products and yeast, see these links:

http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/aspergillus.php

http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/digests.php

http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/enterococcus-faecium.php

http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/probiotics-and-enzymes.php

There is far more danger in not establishing healthy gut flora, than in doing so.

3. Dairy products, see: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/dairy-colostrum-milk-whey-cheese-yogurt.php.

4. Please review this article on garlic for more information: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/garlic.php. In addition, garlic is not presently used in our products, but not for the reasons she puts forth.

5. Please refer to number 1 about grains.

Again, one must always keep in mind the aphorism: The dose makes the poison. Every ingredient can be shown to be toxic in one form or another and at one dose or another--even oxygen and water. That is why Dr. Wysong's Optimal Health Program recommends varying the diet. It is only when foods are eaten in high doses and continually that problems with components may occur.

It is a common practice now in the pet food industry to demonize various ingredients in order to create markets. This is a distraction to pet owners since there are far more important factors to consider in pet feeding. Please review our Don't Be Fooled section.

Please also see:

Comparing Pet Foods

How To Choose A Pet Food Company

Pledges, rankings, and Approvals: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/why-you-should-not-rely-on-pet-food-ranking-and-pledges.php

Also, consider signing up for our free program, The 100 Pet Health Truths. The 100 Pet Health Truths will equip you to become a discerning and educated pet owner. We have condensed Dr. Wysong's 30 years of health wisdom into 100 short and easy messages enhanced with fun graphics and videos. You will also receive coupons totaling $100 for free Wysong products interspersed throughout the program.

If you have any more questions, or need further clarification, please feel free to contact me via e-mail.