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Wysong Uncanny dehydrated dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Wysong Uncanny product line includes four dehydrated dog foods, each apparently intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Wysong Uncanny Seafood
- Wysong Uncanny Beef and Egg
- Wysong Uncanny Pheasant and Fruit
- Wysong Uncanny Chicken and Yogurt
Wysong Uncanny Beef and Egg was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Wysong Uncanny Beef and Egg
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs, carrots, peas, dried chicken fat, dried chicken, ground flax seed, yeast culture, gelatin, omega-3 fatty acids, wysong chelamin (composted geologic sea vegetation and dried kelp, including over 74 trace minerals), seashell chitin, wysong whole salt (celtic hand-harvested sea salt, whole geologic sea salt), dried fermentation products of: Aspergillus niger, Aspergillus oryzae, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus bifidus, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus plantarum, vitamin E supplement, amylase, protease, lipase, cellulase, sage and rosemary extracts
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.2%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||40%||36%||17%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||60%||12%|
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 includes cheddar cheese, a protein-rich, lactose-free dairy product high in calcium and other healthy nutrients.
The third ingredient is scrambled egg. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The fourth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The sixth ingredient is dried chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The seventh ingredient is dried chicken. Dehydrated chicken is considered a meat concentrate and contains more than four times as much protein as fresh chicken.
Plus (unlike chicken meal) dehydrated chicken is never exposed to high temperatures during processing… so it preserves more of the meat’s natural goodness.
The eighth ingredient is flaxseed, 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.
The ninth ingredient is yeast culture. Although yeast culture is high in B-vitamins and protein, it can also be used as a probiotic to aid in digestion.
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 two notable exceptions…
First, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
And lastly, we find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. We would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.
Wysong Uncanny Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Wysong Uncanny looks like an above average dry dog food.
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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 29%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 73%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effects of the peas, flaxseed and yeast culture, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.
Wysong Uncanny Dog Food is a meat-based dehydrated product using a significant amount of named meats or seafood as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
Important FDA Alert
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Notes and Updates
03/03/2015 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩