Wysong Au Jus Diets (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Wysong Au Jus Diets receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Wysong Au Jus Diets product line includes six recipes, each containing 95% meat and intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.

  • Wysong Beef Au Jus
  • Wysong Duck Au Jus
  • Wysong Rabbit Au Jus
  • Wysong Turkey Au Jus
  • Wysong Chicken Au Jus
  • Wysong Venison Au Jus

Wysong Duck Au Jus Diet was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Wysong Duck Au Jus

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 15%

Ingredients: Duck, water sufficient for processing, animal plasma, guar gum

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%32%15%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%56%11%

The first ingredient in this dog food is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”.1

Duck is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third ingredient is animal plasma. Plasma is what remains of blood after the blood cells themselves have been removed. Plasma can be considered a nutritious addition.

The fourth item is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.

Wysong Au Jus Diets Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Wysong Au Jus Diets is an above-average canned dog food.

But being 95% meat, the product was never intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet.

Wysong Au Jus Diets is a supplement only.

Because they probably lack some essential nutrients, supplements must not be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.

The company recommends Au Jus Diets be fed as part of a diet rotation — or as an appetizing topper to be served over dry kibble.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 46%, a fat level of 32% and an estimated carbohydrate content of 15%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 16% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Wysong Au Jus Diets is a meat-based canned dog food using an assortment of various species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

However, this product appears to be designed for supplemental use only and may not be suitable for long term daily feeding.

Those looking for a nice dry kibble to use in rotation with this food may wish to visit our review of Wysong Optimal Performance.

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Notes and Updates

12/11/2009 Original review
04/18/2012 Review updated
10/20/2013 Review updated
10/20/2013 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
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  • Dave’s Hounds

    my dogs love the rabbit

  • John Mips

    Just chiming in to say I have 9 dogs that love this Wysong Au Jus food. I only use it as topper for Orijen or Wysong Epigen 90 kibble. Or sometimes I 50/50 mix it with Sojos or Grandma Lucy’s dehydrated/freeze dried. Either way, they’ve done great on it. I also want to point out that the Rabbit formula does not contain the ‘animal plasma’ that has caused a stir in some posts. I hate generic ingredients as well so maybe that will help someone. Additionally, I saw on Wysong’s web site where they state all animal plasma used in their food is specifically pig plasma. Of course, from a legal standpoint, what is printed on the can is what matters but if you want to believe them then there it is; pig blood.
    Anyways this is good stuff. I also sometimes top with NV instinct cans which they like also but since that contains non-meat items like peas I tend to stick with the Wysong au jus.

  • LabsRawesome

     Do you still have the email? Can you post it?

  • Pheassie

    any one tested  to see exacty what is in chicken Wysong AuJus You might be suprised at what is really in it.
    try meat, bones, guts, skin, etc. in other words the whole bird, got the info straight from the company after many emails , it was turning my cats stool white there was so much bone in it.

  • neezerfan

    I love that place! Great meat and fish, great prices. I live in Merrick so not that close unfortunately. Actually better fish prices than Freeport.
    I haven’t been in a while, not since I started my obsessive dog food research, but I just started introducing RMB’s so I should give it a go again.

  • Johnandchristo

    Neezerfan…..

    Yes indeedy. thats the one.

  • neezerfan

    Is that John’s Farms in Plainview you’re talking about?

  • HealthyDogs

    I don’t know where you are, but Blue Ridge Beef has 2# rolls of Rabbit and Bone (grind) sourced in the southeast US.  It runs $9-12 for the two pound roll.  If you are in the SE US, you can find it at dog shows or specialty stores. 

  • Johnandchristo

    Hi Nicola…..

    I dont know where you live, I’m in NY.
    I buy Frozen rabbit(for Humans) and bake them
    then pull the meat off the carcass and mix with kibble.
    The dog really loves it. The Price was about ten bucks
    for two rabbits. they were about five pounds. John’s Farms is the store. Have you given raw tripe a try yet? its the stomach and has lots of natural enzymes,
    might help out with your dogs problems.  

  • Addie

    You can find whole rabbit at either of these: 
    http://www.ardengrabbit.com/ or 
    http://www.localharvest.org/store/meats.jsp?q=rabbit and maybe then you could mix it in with Sojos or Honest kitchen to make it a balanced and complete diet? There’s probably plenty of other places to get solely rabbit, I just knew those off the top of my head. 

  • aimee

    rayne nutrition has a rabbit and butternut squash diet fresh or frozen. Rabbit is sourced from Italy but if you have a large dog it looks like it will be cost prohibitive.  http://raynenutrition.com/(S(l1t45eu1pntkdh55oy4ayd2h))/caninediets.aspx?page=c

    P.S. In the past testing for food allergies has proven to be inaccurate. You may have other options.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Addiction canned rabbit.  Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Rabbit. PawNaturaw has rabbit. Also look for a farm near you. http://www.eatwild.com or a company that sells “game meat”. Natural Balance has a new canned rabbit and brown rice.

  • Shawna

    Have you looked at Primal?  Some of their meat sources do come from New Zealand — website doesn’t identify which though (that I could find).

    http://www.primalpetfoods.com/education/benefits

    The Primal Rabbit formula (complete and balanced)
    http://www.primalpetfoods.com/product/detail/c/7/id/46

  • neezerfan

    Nature’s Logic makes a frozen raw rabbit food. Not easy to find in my area. I’m sure others will chime in with other suggestions.

  • Nicola

    Hello, I am looking for a rabbit as sole protein food. My dog has severe inflammatory bowel disease, not just a simple irritable bowel syndrome, but full blown inflammatory bowel disease in both the large and small intestines diagnosed by biopsies at age 1 1/2. At times, tons of red blood in her stool and 25 lbs underweight despite eating well.
      After conventional medical treatment failed to improve her condition, I learned that Dr. Jean Dodds had patented a new test for food intolerances. http://www.nutriscan.org   It showed that the plain low fat chicken based diet I had been feeding her was a NO. In fact, the only protein sources that she did not react to were RABBIT and EGG. Simply feeding her a novel protein was not the answer as some of her strongest reactions were to things like venison which she had never eaten at all. So now my problem is where to obtain a quality food with ONLY rabbit.
     I initially purchased Bravo Raw diet and she did so well, in the first two weeks she gained 5 lbs. Her poop looked normal instead of like a cowpie. But then they changed from using American sourced rabbit to using New Zealand rabbit, fine except that they started grinding up everything including not just meat and bones. It smelled so bad it made me nauseous. Even worse, I found numerous sharp bone shards, sharp enough to cut my finger is in my opinion sharp enough to puncture an intestine. When I called Bravo they said it was processed on machines in New Zealand now. Guess they aren’t that great at grinding. The old formula was fantastic, no smell and I never found any bone shards. I picked up the last rolls I could find in my state and then looked for alternatives. I found Oma’s Pride, but then they told me it was sourced in China:( also it too had sharp bone shards and I also found  what I believe was an entire curved toe bone.
    Wysong says it is also from New Zealand. Since it is so ground and cooked, there is no telling really what parts could be in there?
    Nature’s Variety puts ALL kinds of stuff in their rabbit formulas, including pork, so if your dog needs limited/restricted ingredients you are out of luck.
    Can anyone tell me of a purely rabbit based human grade USA sourced dog food that is frozen or dehydrated or canned.
    Who knew that rabbit costs more than filet mignon? I can not get it thru my grocery stores, even Whole Foods does not deal in it. If someone wants to become a rabbit farmer, I think they would strike it rich.
    Thanks      

  • Tejinder

    I was at Petclub today and bought a can of the au jus beef, originally noticed the high protein content, and thought since my pup loves beef, lets try it.

    I didn’t look at the label carefully the first time, animal plasma. Absolutely gross. Exchanged it immediately for Wellness Beef stew.

    Ewwww stay away.

  • “Ryo”

    A few months ago, I bought some of the Rabbit Au Jus to give to my dogs as a treat. I’ve had experience with pet nutrition for 6 years now, and trust me, I know what good quality rabbit smells like. Not like something I would eat (I’m vegetarian, so most meat smells pretty icky to me anyway), but it’s okay. So, I opened the can, and that stuff was HORRIBLE. Smelled like rotting meat mixed with old cheese. Sure enough, I looked at the can, and “meat broth” was the second ingredient. Go figure.

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  • sarah

    Wysong adds “animal plasma” to many of their foods. Savvy consumers have been told to avoid generic mixtures like “poultry fat”, “meat meal”, etc This ingredient sounds about as generic, unregulated, and dangerous as it gets. Products made from hundreds of generic animals mixed together is dangerous practice which is why recalls of beef are usually ground beef because ground beef is a mix from hundreds of animals and it just takes one bad apple….

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Karina… You may wish to contact Wysong Customer Service to find where to purchase this product. You can reach them at 989-631-0009. Hope this helps.

  • Karina

    Please help!

  • Karina

    My dog really loves this food but I can’t find it anywhere!