Wysong Archetype Burgers Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of rating of 5 stars.
The Wysong Archetype Burgers product line includes one freeze dried, raw recipe, a product claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
Wysong Archetype Burgers
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef organs, chicken, beef bone, beef fat, beef blood, natural flavor, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, broccoli sprouts, flaxseeds, organic barley grass, organic wheat grass, algae, apple, blueberry, cranberry, plums, lecithin, seaweed-derived calcium, grape seed extract, calcium lactate, coral calcium, sage extract, rosemary extract, choline bitartrate, 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 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
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.9%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||52%||29%||12%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||39%||53%||9%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is beef organs. Organ meat is typically low in fat and rich in protein.
The third ingredient is chicken, another quality raw item.
The fourth ingredient is beef bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The fifth ingredient is beef fat. Beef fat (or tallow) is most likely obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Although it may not sound very appetizing, beef fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The sixth ingredient is beef blood, which consists mostly of water. And although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to humans, blood is naturally rich in protein (albumin), vitamins and minerals.
After the natural flavor, we find a series of nutrient-rich vegetables…
- Broccoli sprouts
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With four notable exceptions…
First, wheat grass is prized for its vitamin and mineral content. Yet unlike wheat, wheat grass is gluten-free. So, please ignore our software’s unfavorable treatment of this nutritious ingredient.
Next, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
In addition, we note the use of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Wysong Archetype Burgers Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wysong Archetype Burgers looks like an above-average freeze-dried raw product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a raw product containing an abundance of meat.
Wysong Archetype Burgers is a meat-based freeze-dried raw product using a significant amount of beef and chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the product 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Wysong Dog Food
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- Wysong Dog Food Recall October 2009 Update (11/4/2009)
- Wysong Dog Food Recall October 2009 (10/13/2009)
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Notes and Updates
06/25/2016 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩