This Wysong Vegan Dog Food a Review is based on what Wysong, the manufacturer of Wysong Vegan Cat and Dog Food, provide on their website. There you will also find more information about the company itself and other products they offer.
A dry kibble-type of dog food by Wysong claims to have one of the highest protein and fat values in dog nutrition on the market. Furthermore, they say that their holistic dog food has become popular solely because of recommendations by veterinarians.
Read our full review to find out why Wysong Vegan Cat and Dog Food received a low rating from us.
Ingredients in Wysong Vegan Cat/Dog Food
Brown Rice, Corn, Corn Protein, Extruded Soybeans, Potato Protein, Soybean Oil, Flaxseeds, Molasses, Peas, Dicalcium Phosphate, Montmorillonite Clay, Sesame Seeds, Salt, Coconut Oil, Taurine, Lysine, L-Tryptophan, Choline Chloride, L-Carnitine, Chia Seeds, Rice Bran Oil, Calcium Propionate, Dried Kelp, Organic Barley Grass, Blueberry, Citric Acid, Apple Pectin, Yeast Extract, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Chicory Root, Hemicellulose Extract, Yeast Culture, Carrots, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid [source of Vitamin C], Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D2 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus niger 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.
Top 5 Ingredients
- Brown Rice. In pet foods, rice is commonly used as a source of carbohydrates. They, in turn, are responsible for providing our dogs with energy and healthy bowels. Rice, however, can also be used as a cheap filler in dog foods, but it is not the case with brown rice. Since it is a whole grain, it contains more healthy nutrients, such as Manganese, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6.
- Corn. Now, there are a lot of controversy surrounding corn as an ingredient in pet food. Some say, that it is not nutritious at all and cannot be digested. Others join in with their dogs’ allergy and skin problems, saying that corn is the cause of them. Then, on the other side of the debate, veterinarians, who claim that corn is not as bad, get attacked for being sponsored by commercial dog food companies. The list can go on and on. After extensive research, we have found one issue that may actually be concerning, when it comes to corn. It’s the mycotoxin contamination. Basically, corn can be contaminated by a type of mold, which can be toxic to pets. Dogs Naturally Magazine has covered the issue surrounding corn and other grains being contaminated by mycotoxins.
- Corn Protein. Again, a controversial ingredient. Speaking from a consumer’s perspective, corn and corn protein are pretty cheap ingredients, therefore, making the pet food more affordable for us. This might be a selling point to some dog parents, since vegan dog food is usually on the more expensive side. Is it a quality source of protein, though? Not really.
- Extruded Soybeans. Coming in as the fourth most abundant ingredient, soybeans got us intrigued because the ingredient list mentions that they are extruded. It does not, however, mention which method does Wysong use to extrude them, though, the wet or the dry method. Extruded soybeans are often used in the dairy and other farm industries, as a feed to animals. Essentially, the extrusion process “enhances the availability of oil, de-activates the anti-nutritional factors such as trypsin inhibitors, lectins, urease, lipase and lipoxyginase enzymes” (wattagnet.com). Usually, we do not support the use of soy in dog food, because of the PETA study. However, we are wondering, if the extrusion process actually eliminates the factors that caused the soy-eating dogs in the study fall lower on the health scale than dogs who did not consume soy.
- Potato Protein. Quickly becoming a common ingredient in dog foods, potato protein is considered as a decent quality supplement. It has a high content of protein and corresponding essential amino acids.
Other Interesting Ingredients
- Molasses. Used as a natural sweetener, molasses can be beneficial in dog’s diet when used in small quantities. It contains Calcium, Chromium, and Vitamin B-6. It is recommended, though, that the quality dark, Blackstrap molasses should be given to dogs, since it is lower in sugar. Wysong Vegan Cat and Dog Food, however, do not specify which kind of molasses have been used in their formula.
- Montmorillonite Clay. An interesting additive, Montmorillonite Clay is sourced by Wysong form an ancient geologic deposit of marine life. Essentially, it works as a natural anti-caking agent and improves the speed and efficiency of the digestive system. It is sometimes prescribed by veterinarians to help dogs with diarrhea caused by radiation and chemotherapy cancer treatments. You can read more about it on Durable Health.
- Rosemary Extract. Another interesting ingredient in dog food formulas, Rosemary Extract exerts potent antioxidant and preservative effects. There have been cases, where rosemary has been linked to seizures. Generally, however, in small amounts, rosemary extract is completely safe and promotes health benefits for dogs, FDA claims.
Guaranteed Analysis of Wysong Vegan Dog Food
|Crude Protein (min)||26%|
|Crude Fiber (max)||5%|
|Crude Fat (min)||10%|
|Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min)||2.2%|
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (min)||0.8%|
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog and Cat Food Nutrient Profiles.
**Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
AAFCO Nutritional Value Statement
Wysong Vegan Cat and Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food and Cat Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.
Although it may seem that Wysong Vegan Formula for Dogs is a pretty well-balanced kibble, that is not the case. First of all, the most abundant ingredients in this formula, such as corn and corn protein, are not the highest quality.
Moreover, although it does contain essential nutrients for a vegan dog, such as Taurine, L-Carnitine, Vitamin B-12, it does not have any added cranberries, which may help prevent urinary diseases (read more on that here ).
Furthermore, the company itself says that this formula “is excellent for elimination protocols and as a base to a fresh meat source.” Therefore, it should not be used as a main food source for vegan dogs.
Finally, it appears that a few years ago, Wysong used the name Vegan for its formula, even though it was not completely plant-based. They do, however, claim that they have changed the formula since and the source of vitamin D is now plant-based and does not come from sheep wool.
All in all, we think that there are way better (actual) vegan dog food formulas on the market and we do not recommend Wysong for your dog.