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"The Thinking Person's Pet Food"™ – Since 1979

Critique of AskSusanPeters.net

This Internet review site claims to be staffed by pet food 'experts' providing the "best source of information" consumers can find on pet foods.

The following are 52 Susan Peters comments used for rating 31 different Wysong products. In red are Wysong brief responses. Brief because pages could be written about how erroneous each comment is. For more information, go to the Wysong.net site or do an Internet search: HEALTH BENEFITS OF _____________ (ingredient in question).

Essentially, none of the 52 comments make nutritional sense, have a scientific basis, demonstrate any depth of understanding, or lead people to any meaningful information on how to feed for health. Even seemingly correct comments cannot be reconciled with other incorrect statements. According to this reviewer, Wysong should omit fresh meats, organs, bones, fats and nutraceuticals, and instead predominate its foods with carrots, rice, oats, and soy because they are so "great."

Furthermore, none of the 28 criteria that should be used to rate pet foods are even addressed by this reviewer.

Therefore, if one were to rate this review site, of the 80 points that were addressed or should have been addressed, zero would be the score.

1. Lamb (Plus A Single Point): Is made up of 70% water in the muscles, contributes excess weight to dried pet food item, less proteins nutrition! Best utilized in canned food item. Only trace amounts of lamb when listed lower on the ingredient listing.
Wysong: Lamb is a fresh meat product. It is not at trace amounts. Protein levels in Wysong foods are high, not low. Fresh lamb retains its nutritional value better than meat meals. It is of high value in both dried and canned foods. It does not add "excess weight" since all but about 8% of the water is removed during drying.

2. Ground brown rice (Plus A Single Point): Is whole ground, easy to absorb, beneficial way to obtain proteins and dietary fiber.
Wysong: Brown rice is not the beneficial way to obtain protein - meat and organs are.

3. Ground oat groats (Plus A Single Point): Oats are very beneficial grains, groat that basically has an outer shell.
Wysong: More beneficial than what and how beneficial? Groats have the outer shell removed.

4. Ground Flax seed (Minus A Single Point): Might be lacking in fatty acids.
Wysong: Flax is one of the best sources of fatty acids, particularly omega-3.

5. Dried yeast (Minus A Single Point): Throw away products (utilized for flavor, proteins, B vitamins) which can turn out to be very poisonous to the liver organ causes allergic reactions and arthritis.
Wysong: Wysong yeast is specifically cultured for nutritional use. It is not a discard. Comments about poison, allergic reactions, and arthritis are false.

6. DL-methionine (Plus A Single Point): Common beneficial way to obtain methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver organ activity and immune health.
Wysong: This amino acid is used in cat foods for acidification, not for the reasons listed.

7. Taurine (Plus A Single Point): Regulates nervous system. Some benefit to dogs.
Wysong: Taurine prevents dilated cardiomyopathy and retinal disorders in cats. It does not "regulate" the nervous system.

8. Lecithin (Plus A Single Point): An all-natural antioxidant and very beneficial.
Wysong: Lecithin is not used for antioxidant effects.

9. Fish oil (Minus A Single Point): Not detailed type of fish can consist of oxidized fat or fatty acid "throw away" catches.
Wysong: Wysong fish oil is not oxidized and not from "throw away" catches.

10. Coconut Oil: (Not Sufficient Information For Points To Be Awarded)
Wysong: There is no further information needed, nor is it permitted on food labels.

11. Lamb liver (Minus A Single Point): Excessive liver organ in dry food item items can turn out to be poisonous to the body, fine in can food item when it's not a primary ingredient.
Wysong: Wysong lamb liver is not "poisonous." Where is the proof for such an outrageous claim?

12. Water sufficient for processing (Minus A Single Point): Cheapest filler.
Wysong: Water is not a filler in canned foods, it is necessary for processing.

13. Carrots (Plus A Single Point): All-natural beneficial way to obtain beta carotene (A vitamin necessary for immune system performance). A great fiber.
Wysong: So carrots are good for carnivores, but fresh lamb is not.

14. Dicalcium phosphate (Minus A Single Point): Can turn out to be poisonous to body.
Wysong: False statement with regard to use levels in pet foods.

15. Ground limestone (Not Sufficient Information For Points To Be Awarded)
Wysong: There is no further information needed, nor is it permitted on food labels.

16. Beef (Plus A Single Point): Contains water in the muscles, adds weight to dry food item, less protein nutrition! Best utilized in can food item.
Wysong: False for the same reasons given for lamb above.

17. Beef Liver (Minus A Single Point): Excessive liver organs can turn out to be poisonous to the body.
Wysong: False for the same reasons given for lamb liver above.

18. Chicken (Plus A Single Point): Is made up of water in the muscle tissues, makes dried food heavier, less proteins nutrition! Best utilized in can food item. Trace amounts of chicken when listed lower on listing of ingredients.
Wysong: False for the same reason given for lamb and beef above.

19. Chicken liver (Minus A Single Point): Non-beneficial way to obtain iron, necessary for red blood cell manufacturing, and flavoring. Excessive liver organs may be poisonous.
Wysong: False and misleading. One wonders how this reviewer believes carnivores in the wild obtained iron.

20. Ground bone (Minus A Single Point): Non-digestible way to obtain calcium can lead to digestive system upset. May be from 4-D origins.
Wysong: One must wonder how this reviewer believes carnivores in the wild obtained calcium, if not from bones. Comments about bones and digestion are false.

21. Milk Calcium (Minus A Single Point): Publicity stunt.
Wysong: Uninformed smear. Do an Internet search on health benefits of milk calcium.

22. Dried seaweed (Plus A Single Point): Industry Common beneficial way to obtain iodine.
Wysong: It is not commonly used, but it is beneficial.

23. Beef broth (Plus A Single Point): Utilized instead of plain water in can food item items or as flavoring in dry food item items.
Wysong: It is not used as flavoring in dried foods.

24. Animal Plasma (Minus A Single Point): Not detailed animal origin.
Wysong: The terminology is as per AAFCO requirements.

25. Natural flavor (Minus A Single Point): Inadequate level of quality flavoring ingredient.
Wysong: False and misleading. Wysong foods have as much natural meats and organs for flavor as processing permits.

26. Peas (Plus A Single Point): A great beneficial way to obtain proteins carbohydrates and fiber.
Wysong: It is not clear what "great" means. It is also not clear why peas receive raves but meats and organs don't.

27. Tricalcium phosphate (Plus A Single Point): Dietary supplement of Phosphorous necessary for body's alkaline and acid balance.
Wysong: Used as a source of calcium, not for acid balance.

28. Guar gum (Minus A Single Point): Cheap filler with no benefits to the pet.
Wysong: False.

29. Sodium phosphate (Minus A Single Point): Non-digestible.
Wysong: False.

30. Ground Extruded Whole Soybeans (Plus A Single Point): Good beneficial way to obtain proteins and fiber for cats.
Wysong: Not nearly as good as the meats and organs criticized above.

31. Ground corn (Minus A Single Point): Is not "whole ground," this is Deceiving, often usually means Inadequate level of quality, can cause allergic reactions.
Wysong: Corn is listed as per AAFCO requirements. So too can any ingredient cause allergic reactions.

32. Barley (Minus A Single Point): Can be of any of quality. May be a by-product of Ethanol production or human beverage production.
Wysong: False.

33. Whole egg (Plus A Single Point): Good beneficial way to obtain proteins and free of shell.
Wysong: Egg shells also have nutritional benefits.

34. Bone meal (Minus A Single Point): Non-digestible beneficial way to obtain calcium can lead to digestive system upset. May be from 4-D origins.
Wysong: False. So how do carnivores in the wild obtain calcium?

35. Poultry fat (Minus A Single Point): Not detailed, Could be any foul, often oxidized fat or fatty acid.
Wysong: So what if it is from turkey or chicken? Wysong fat is not oxidized.

36. Ground wheat (Minus A Single Point): Not whole ground. Deceiving usually means Inadequate. Causes digestive system upset, allergic reactions and feeds arthritis.
Wysong: Listing is as per AAFCO requirement. It is whole ground. The rest is false.

37. Corn gluten meal (Subtract one point): Throw away items, low-cost, non-nutritive product but utilized as proteins in pet food item. Use of corn gluten meal can result in allergic reactions and glucose imbalances.
Wysong: False.

38. Wheat gluten (Minus A Single Point): Inadequate level proteins origin, utilized as a cheap, non-nutritive filler. Causes allergic reactions.
Wysong: False.

39. Salt (Minus A Single Point): Utilized to cover up oxidized fat or fatty acid meat and fat. May cause kidney, heart disease and hypertension.
Wysong: False.

40. Fish (Minus A Single Point): Not detailed, probably oxidized fat or fatty acid and of Inadequate level of quality. Can have higher levels of mercury.
Wysong: False.

41. Wheat germ (Minus A Single Point): Often added in cheap food item items to wheat to balance grain and add proteins, cheaper than using whole grain.
Wysong: False.

42. Yeast culture (Minus A Single Point): Potentially poisonous to the liver organ.
Wysong: False.

43. Chicken giblets (Minus A Single Point): By-product, way to obtain proteins, flavoring.
Wysong: False.

44. Dried whey (Minus A Single Point): Can encourage allergic reactions, cheap proteins origin from cow's milk.
Wysong: False.

45. L-Lysine (Minus A Single Point): Inadequate way to obtain Lysine (essential mino acid found in meat), cheaper to use for food item enrichment for grain-based food items.
Wysong: False.

46. Cane molasses (Minus A Single Point): SUGARS IMBALANCES!!! Leads to excess weight gain, hyperactivity and feeds arthritis, best utilized in treats, not dietary nutritional supplements or food item items.
Wysong: False. Used only in a vegan formulation to permit palatability and add mineral nutrients.

47. Tomatoes (Minus A Single Point): Mostly utilized as Publicity stunt.
Wysong: False.

48. Sun-cured alfalfa meal (Minus A Single Point): Usually means Inadequate level animal feed quality.
Wysong: False.

49. Organic chicken (Plus A Single Point): Is made up of water in the muscle tissues, makes dried food heavier, and less proteins nutrition!
Wysong: False, see above.

50. Plum (Minus A Single Point): Publicity stunt, not sufficient utilized for beneficial effect.
Wysong: False, reviewer has no idea of level in the food or the benefits derived.

51. Dried wheat grass powder (Not Sufficient Information For Points To Be Awarded)
Wysong: Listed as per AAFCO.

52. Dried barley grass powder (Not Sufficient Information For Points To Be Awarded)
Wysong: Listed as per AAFCO.