- For many years pet food
manufacturers have promoted the idea that pets need different kinds of diets depending
upon their lifestage. For example, puppies and kittens are argued to need higher
protein, and older animals less protein.
- This is typical of the kind of
simplistic nonsense that emerges when nutritionists get all excited about what they might
discover about parts and pieces in a laboratory. They can lose sight of the big
- It is a heady notion to think
that your job is to invent "perfect" nutrition. Most nutritionists ignore
the perfect model, which is nature itself, in favor of synthetics and fractions.
- Eons before there were any
nutritionists or pet food processors there were animals not only surviving, but thriving
in the wild. Their food was raw, whole, natural - living
materials exactly as they were found in nature.
- Do mom cats and dogs in the
wild try to find higher protein mice or rabbits to bring home to the kids? When they
get old, do they try to find the lower protein versions? Certainly not.
Animals in the wild eat essentially the identical diet from the time they are
weaned to the time they die.
- This is not theoretical.
We know it works. This kind of eating occurred for untold millennia and if it
did not work, animals would not exist today.
- Nutritionists simplistically
conclude that because young animals grow rapidly, for example, they need lots of protein.
What they forget is that animals have remarkable abilities of adaptation. If
they need more protein, they eat more and become more efficient at assimilating it from
the foods they receive. If they need less, they do the opposite.
- Look at a pregnant animal, or a
pregnant woman, for that matter. They grow an entire new creature without ever
changing the nature of the food they eat (well, maybe a few more pickles for some people).
True, they may eat more, but the basic nutritional composition of the food is the
same. Metabolism adjusts to utilize the food in such a way so that needs are met.
- One thing is certain:
Lifestage feeding has certainly helped the pet food market. By creating a
variety of lifestage diets, manufacturers are able to create new value-added
product niches. Because the products are labeled as specialized, they create the
perception of increased value. They thus can bring increased price and profitability
for the manufacturer.
- Some 15 years ago when Wysong
Diets were created, I had not yet questioned this lifestage concept myself. Thus you
will see that some Wysong Diets were named according to lifestage. We hope now the
names are taken loosely rather than interpreted literally.
- Dont get stuck in the
lifestage rut. Cycle through various Wysong Diets with your pet to provide variety
for them. Each Diet is formulated a little bit differently, which offers your pet an
increasing opportunity to receive a broader spectrum of nutrients and decreases the
potential for developing allergies or sensitivities to any particular ingredient.
Also, cycling through the diets increases eating interest. Would you like to
have to eat the same food, meal after meal, day after day... forever?
- This means that any of the
Wysong foods can be fed with benefit to any animal as a part of a cyclical feeding
program. Senior can be fed to puppies. Premie and Junior Growth can be fed to
the elderly. You can even feed Wysong cat foods to dogs and dog foods to cats as
part of the cycle. Cycle through not only the dry foods but the canned foods -
feeding them separately, as well as mixed.
- In addition, do not forget
fresh foods. It goes without saying that you should be supplementing fresh, raw,
natural foods to your companion animal's diet as well. This is described thoroughly
in a booklet that is available to you free, entitled Fresh and Whole.
(See below.) Food variety is the spice of life... and health.
- Begin today by cycling through
Wysong Diets and let your pet benefit from knowledge that makes sense, rather than
ultimately suffering from exclusive feeding of lifestage diets which only make cents for
- Available from the Wysong Book Store Catalog,
1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI 48640.
- A new product, Adult
Maintenance II, has been developed for animals who might have sensitivity or allergy to
soy. The formula is identical to the original Adult Maintenance but has soy
eliminated and chicken put in its place.
- Does this indicate that Wysong
now feels soy is an inferior ingredient? Not at all. Wysong whole extruded
soybeans are in fact one of our most expensive and nutritious ingredients. But some
animals may be intolerant to it.
- With soy removed, there is more
room for fresh, whole chicken to take its place. Remember, Wysong fresh chicken is
the complete bird, minus feathers, just as animals would eat in the wild, not just a
prerendered poultry by-product meal common in the industry consisting of heads, feet* and
- Adult Maintenance II should be
used as a part of the cycle of various Wysong Diets you are feeding. Maintenance II
is available as a dry diet in 4 pound and 20 pound sizes.
- *(Interestingly, chicken feet are becoming very scarce
and expensive since the Japanese are buying up all stocks as a human food delicacy.)
- Nutrition For Teeth
- Studies in humans and animals
have shown that even one mild or moderate malnutrition episode during early life can
dramatically affect the health of the permanent teeth. Dental disease is now of
epidemic proportions in the companion animal population. Clinical veterinary
dentistry has emerged as a rapidly growing industry in the veterinary profession just in
the past decade.
- There is only one reason for
this: Diet, the exclusive feeding of so-called 100% complete and balanced
commercial pet foods.
- What to do? Follow
the Wysong feeding guidelines outlined on page 4. Additionally, be sure that puppies
and kittens nurse on the mom until she begins to reject them (4-6 weeks). Then wean
them to the same feeding program. Make available to puppies and kittens at an early
age raw bones such as chicken wings and beef knuckle bones. Following this program
can virtually eliminate the need for any dental care ever in your pet.
- For a fascinating and thorough
discussion of the detrimental effects of food processing on human and animal dentition,
- Pottenger's Cats: A Study in Nutrition, by
F. Pottenger, M.D. $10.65 + $3.50 S&H. Nutrition
and Physical Degeneration, by W. Price, D.D.S., $53.25 + $3.50 S&H. Both
books are available from the Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI
Apple Weed For Cancer
- In the early 1980s an
Australian veterinarian alerted a medical researcher to the effectiveness of the juice of
the Devils Apple (Solanum sodomaeum), which contains a glycoalkaloid, Solasodine,
which has the ability to selectively rupture cancer cells.
- The juice has been compounded
into a topical cream called Curaderm and used in clinical trials in humans with remarkable
success, as well as in bovine topical cancers.
- Since there are virtually no
conventional cancer cures that really work, this would certainly be worth a try on any
form of topical cancer your pet may experience. Though not available in this
country, it can be obtained by contacting below.
Marketing Company, Masters House, No. 1 Marlborough Hill, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 1 TW,
England, Phone 011-44-181-424-9400, cost is $33 + $17.50 shipping.
- Beware Of Trans-Fatty Acids
- Essential fatty acids required
in humans and animals are unsaturated. This means they are highly fragile and their
effectiveness can easily be lost. Heat, light, air and hydrogenation all have the
capability of creating trans-fatty acids. Once eaten, they are incorporated into
cell membranes and in effect plasticize membranes, perverting all cellular function and
increasing susceptibility to disease.
- Dont feed your pets any
product that contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Read the labels.
If home preparing foods, dont cook with any oils or fats. If you must,
use butter, lard or olive oil which are more saturated and less fragile under heat.
Rather, add the oils and fats raw to the food after cooking is completed.
- For more information on how
fats and oils can dramatically affect the health of your pet, see below.
- Lipid Nutrition - Understanding Fats and Oils
in Health and Disease, by Dr. R. L. Wysong, $12.95 + $3.50 S&H.
Available from the Wysong Book
Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI 48640.
- X-rays Add Up
- X-rays do to the body what
bullets would do if fired into a computer. Chaos is caused in the cells even though
there may be no immediate effect. Though x-rays can sometimes give very important
diagnostic information, they have the ability to damage genetic material within cells,
increasing the susceptibility to diseases such as cancer.
- Also, it's not like if your pet
gets an x-ray and survives it then it would be okay to go ahead and get another.
X-rays are cumulative. That means the damage created by the first x-ray is
added to by the damage created from the second and third, until a critical mass is reached
and disease results. Also, remember that such effects are not immediate, but usually
occur later in life emerging as some form of chronic degenerative disease that is very
hard to link back to the x-rays.
- Be discriminating before you
consent to x-rays. Usually a simple case of diarrhea, for example, is not a reason
for a full barium x-ray series. Get informed and use discernment before being swept
along by marvels of technology that always have a down side.
- For centuries, silver has been
used as an effective antimicrobial. It was not until the advent of antibiotics that
silver fell into disuse. But with increasing resistance to antibiotics there is an
increasing possibility of diseases emerging for which we have no cure.
- Colloidal silver may be very
beneficial against resistant organisms. Colloidal silver solutions are available
- Also, always remember to use
probiotics to reestablish healthy populations of microorganisms after any course of
pharmaceutical or antimicrobial therapy has been used. See below.
- Colloidal Silver is available from Allergy
Research Group/Nutricology, 1-800-782-4274. To insure quality the silver should be
clear and gold in color.
Wysong Pet Inoculant and/or Biotic supplements.
- Herbs For Allergies
- Quercetin, a natural
bioflavanoid from plants, and the herb, Stinging Nettles, may prove to be effective and
nontoxic in reducing allergic symptoms. Both of these can usually be found in health
food stores. See dosage below.
converting human dosages to animal dosages, a safe starting dose as a general rule of
thumb is to calculate the dosage based on the weight of your animal in proportion to a
human. (e.g. 4 capsules for a 160 lb. person equals 1 capsule for a 40 lb. dog)
Since animals have higher metabolic rates than humans, higher dosages are usually
needed and should be given with slow, incremental increases, watching for adverse
reactions such as vomiting, loose stool and depression.
- Electromagnetic Fields And Cancer
- Dogs exposed to overhead power
lines running along streets and up to homes have a 13.4 times higher rate of canine
lymphoma (a form of dog cancer) as those pets found in homes supplied by buried power
lines. Epidemiologists now are using dogs as a sentinel marker for risk to families
in homes near such power lines.
- We are only beginning to
understand the impact of electromagnetic fields (EMFs) even as they are generated
from wiring within homes. The evidence is strong enough that if you live near high
power lines, it would be wise to consider moving. If suspicious about the
electromagnetic fields within the home, there are devices available from your local
electric company or other product suppliers that permit measuring electromagnetic fields. /