Frequently Asked Questions
What does the name "Wysong" mean, and where did it come from?
Wysong is the last name of Dr. Wysong, the founder of the company, and his family who works with him. The name has an interesting history, as do most if 1 could only gather the details. Because the Wysong name is unusual, some of the holders of it have done quite a bit of genealogical research. It seems the name originated as Vinzent in France and became Vincent of the noble family of Nimes, France. (St. Vincent de Paul is of the line.) When the king of France began a campaign of killing the Huguenots, some of the Vincents fled to Saarland in Germany and changed their name to Weissang with 1 or 2 s's. Weisang and Vincent were used interchangeably on legal documents in the 1600s. From Germany, Lodowick Weissang migrated to England where his name was translated to Ludwig Wysong. He joined the British army in about 1715 and was sent to the American Colonies where he remained as a colonist. He was quite robust, living to 105 and reportedly walked twenty miles a day up to his death in 1784. The American Wysongs are descendants of his 5 sons who all fought in the revolutionary war. A later Wysong was the first pilot to fly off a carrier during WWI.
How long have you been in business?
Since about 1979. Dr. Wysong began with clinical and surgical inventions, and branched into the various facets you see today as his research demonstrated the problems in conventional medicine and the importance of prevention.
What is Dr. Wysong's background?
Dr. Wysong has a B.S. in biology and chemistry and a DVM in veterinary surgery and medicine. At the college level he has taught human anatomy, physiology and origin of life courses. He also has practiced veterinary clinical surgery and medicine. For over 30 years, Dr. Wysong has engaged in research and development of surgical, clinical, nutritional, food processing and nutraceutical products with an emphasis on prevention and natural therapeutics
Does this make you different from other companies?
- We think so. For most companies the emphasis is on marketing. There may be name dropping of "Dr." consultants, but these individuals usually have no authority over product design and in many cases (in the pet food industry particularly) no real expertise in the field. There is also liberal use of words such as "science," "clinical," "studies," and the like - whether or not there is underlying substance. In contrast, Dr. Wysong directly designs, oversees and controls products and processing.
Are you a health food company?
Since many people equate "health food," with "weird food," we don't like the association. In our food divisions, we create healthy foods backed by science, not lore. Wysong, in effect, bridges the gap between nature and science.
Where are you located?
Our corporate and research headquarters are located in Midland, MI. We also have manufacturing operations in Wisconsin.
Are you approved by government regulations?
We are inspected and under the purview of the FDA, USDA, APHIS, OSHA, and AAFCO.
Do you manufacture your products or do you have others do it?
Yes, we conceive, design, and directly manufacture almost all of our products. This distinguishes us from most pet food companies.
How do you control the quality of your products?
In order to control quality you first must understand a lot about food processing and the potential dangers within foods. We work to control a variety of factors that many manufacturers are not even aware of - such as mycotoxins, food - borne pathogens, antinutritional factors, oxidant status and toxin contaminants, to name a few.
Do you do laboratory research on animals?
No. We believe that caging animals for studies is unnecessary and in some instances, cruel. When we want to gather data, we ask for help from real pets in real homes and use veterinary clinical consultants across the country. Nobody gets hurt.
What do you do to be environmental?
All that we can. The world is a finite resource and we treat it that way. We take all the measures we can to reduce energy consumption. We reduce, reuse, and as a last resort, recycle. We have an in - house recycling center, compost organic waste and encourage reuse among employees. Keep in mind that the ultimate goal of environmentalism is health. If an action - such as recyclable packaging that improperly protects nutrients and causes toxin formation - creates harm to health, we put health first.