Food scores are based on ingredient quality and safety. For more information, view our evaluation criteria.
Wysong’s Optimal Dry is considered high risk with a score of 3.7. It’s a dry food that includes dehydrated animal protein but the fact remains that the bulk of it is an ultra-processed food. The 3 foods under this brand average 44% protein and 19% carbohydrates. It also loses points as one of the top 5 ingredients is a known GMO, and other ingredients in the top 5 contain higher pesticide/herbicide residue including peas and potatoes.
The quality scores are low due to higher carbs and added vitamins and minerals, and for including plant proteins. Whey has been added as a plant protein which is a less expensive substitute for quality animal protein. But there were no added amino acids in these foods.
The type of fish oil was not named. You want to see beef, salmon or chicken, not animal, fish or poultry. Unnamed protein sources are of much lower quality, especially meals, which are typically from rendered waste. It should be stated whether fish is from a farmed or wild-caught source. Wild-caught fish has a healthier fatty acid balance. The ratio of omega 6:3 fatty acids has not been provided. Omega-6 fats are inflammatory and AAFCO allows a very high ratio of 30:1.
Glam ingredients are found in most of these foods. Coconut oil is also used which is a concern as it’s been found to be harmful to gut health. There’s also some ingredient splitting, a technique that splits ingredients so they move lower on the list. For example, several types of peas are listed, and if added together, they could amount to a higher amount than a protein.