WYSONG COMPANION ANIMAL HEALTH LETTER
Dr. R. L. Wysong
January 1996

DEAR FRIEND
    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 picture.
    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.
    Don’t 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 producers.
    Reference:
        Available from the Wysong Book Store Catalog, 1880 N. Eastman, Midland, MI  48640.
 
A dult Maintenance II
    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 viscera.
    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, see below.
    Reference:
        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   48640.
 
Devil's Apple Weed For Cancer
    In the early 1980’s an Australian veterinarian alerted a medical researcher to the effectiveness of the juice of the Devil’s 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.
    Reference:
        Masters 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.
    Don’t feed your pets any product that contains hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils.  Read the labels.   If home preparing foods, don’t 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.
    Reference:
        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.
 
Silver
    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 below.
    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.
    Reference:
        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.
        Use 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.
    Reference:
        For 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 (EMF’s) 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. /