I wonder if you could provide some clarification for me on the subject of alkaline ionized water. I have read enough literature to be convinced that it is beneficial to human health, but what about for dogs? I would think there would be some differences as their systems differ from that of humans.

If I'm not mistaken, their bodies are acidic whereas ours should in theory be alkaline. Does Wysong recommend this water for dogs? If so, should they be drinking water produced at the same settings as for humans?

I've been giving my dog Sparkletts water, which has been purified through reverse osmosis with minerals added back. But I just found out that RO water leeches from the body as well as from the plastic/stainless steel bowl it is served in. I love my dog more than anything and want to provide the very best there is for him. Do you have any advice on this matter?

I realize as a Wysong representative you want to sell Wysong products. Let me assure you that I am a loyal Wysong Customer and purchase all of my dog's food from you guys. But as far as purchasing a water filtration/ionization system, I'm looking into another company mainly because I can purchase items at a discounted rate. I don't suppose you would be able to comment on your Wysong's thoughts about a system such as the Athena or the Jupiter. I'm just looking for a non-biased opinion on the quality of these systems. It seems like everyone offers a lot of convincing information but it comes down to them wanting to sell their product.

Sorry, I know I asked a number of questions in this entry. But mainly I want to find out if alkaline ionized water is good for dogs.

Thank you for your letter.

Alkaline purified water would be beneficial for all the reasons it is for humans (http://www.wysonghealth.net/products/alkaline-ionized-water-wellspring.php).

We recommend our copper/zinc filters and WellSpring to achieve this for both you and your dog--plus following the Optimal Health Program™ (http://wysong.net/wohp/).

We have chosen these products for their merits but this it not to say other systems may not be beneficial. Just get informed as best you can and then make a decision. Out goal is not to just sell you products. See: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/wysong-and-profit.php.

I have now fully transferred my 2 standard poodles onto epigen 90. Question:

they are consuming lots more water than ever before. Any connection?

They were on Evo.

It is not unusual for increased water consumption on concentrated high protein diets. Do keep in mind that Wysong diets are meant to be rotated. No diet, regardless of its merits, should be fed relentlessly(see links below). Consider rotating with the other Epigen™ varieties, Wysong dried and canned foods, TNT™ products, as well as fresh food prepared at home.

Please see these links:

Myth of the 100% Complete Pet Food: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/the-100-percent-complete-pet-food-myth.php

Why Intermittent Feeding?: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/why-intermittent-feeding.php

How To Rotate Diets: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/how-to-rotate-diets.php

Can Pet Health Be Simple?: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/can-pet-health-be-simple.php

100 Pet Health Truths

(1) You said your chickens were free ranged and organic, "when available". My first question is what percent of the time are such chickens available?

(2) My second question is, do you have a wet cat food for a cat with struvite crystals? If not, can water be added to your dry struvite formulation? There are web sites that strongly recommend against putting water on dry cat food, because lingering bacteria on dry food that can multiply rapidly with added moisture. What do your folks think?

Please see this link about meat ingredients: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/meats.php. We cannot state percentages as that changes with the season, market, and a host of other variables.

We recommend the Au Jus™ canned diets for cats prone to urinary problems (and all cats actually). Also consider rotating with Uretic™, Epigen™, Archetype™ and Vitality™, as well as fresh foods from home.

Please see these links for more help:

Rationale For Feline Diets: http://www.wysong.net/pet-health-and-nutrition/rationale-for-feline-diets.php

Urinary Problems: http://www.wysong.net/bladder-stones-struvite/

You can add water to the dry food if you wish. Processing destroys bacteria but bacteria can grow on any food, dry or wet. Canned food (or dry food with water added) should not be unrefrigerated for more than two hours. If your pet does not finish what you have set out in a couple hours, then discard the leftovers.

Also, consider signing up for Wysong's 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.