Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel product line includes five canned dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Organix Butcher & Bushel Carved Turkey Dinner [A]
  • Organix Butcher & Bushel Tender Chicken Dinner [A]
  • Organix Butcher & Bushel Shredded Chicken Dinner [A]
  • Organix Butcher & Bushel Chicken Wing & Thigh Dinner [A]
  • Organix Butcher & Bushel Chopped Turkey & Chicken Dinner [A]

Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher & Bushel Carved Turkey Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel Carved Turkey Dinner

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 37% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 39%

Ingredients: Organic turkey, water sufficient for processing, organic pea protein, organic chicken, organic chicken liver, organic carrots, organic sweet potatoes, organic pea flour, sodium alginate, powdered cellulose, calcium lactate, organic dextrose, organic dried alfalfa, sodium phosphate, salt, organic guar gum, organic blueberries, calcium carbonate, minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), organic rosemary, organic sage, choline chloride, xanthan gum

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis7%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis37%16%39%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%34%34%
Protein = 32% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 34%

The first ingredient in this dog food is organic turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third ingredient is organic pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is organic chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is organic chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The sixth ingredient includes organic carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient is organic sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The eighth ingredient is organic pea flour, a powder made from roasted yellow peas. Pea flour contains as much as 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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 four notable exceptions

First, powdered cellulose is a non-digestible plant fiber usually made from the by-products of vegetable processing. Except for the usual benefits of fiber, powdered cellulose provides no nutritional value to a dog.

Next, this recipe includes organic dextrose, a crystallized form of glucose — with a flavor significantly sweeter than common table sugar. It is typically used in pet food as a sweetener and as an agent to help develop browning.

Without knowing a healthy reason for its inclusion here, dextrose (like most sugars) can be considered a nutritionally unnecessary addition to this recipe.

In addition, we find organic dried alfalfa. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Castor and Pollux Organix
Butcher and Bushel Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.

That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

With that in mind, judging by its ingredients alone, Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel looks like an above-average wet 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 37%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 39%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 38% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein, pea flour and alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of turkey or chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Castor and Pollux Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

09/18/2016 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • zeldachloe

    this review is about the Castor & Pollux Butcher & Bushel Grain Free canned organic tender chicken dinner with potatoes and apples in gravy.
    I had been feeding my dogs this food for about 3 months and they seemed to be doing well on it and they liked it. (they have sensitive tummies). I ordered it online from Chewy.com . I received dented cans
    that contained stems (which could cause choking) and a few apple seeds. also cans 1/2 full with air in them. I reported it to (castor&Pollux/merrick) and chewy. I received a refund from chewy and about 5 dollars in coupons from castor & pollux/merrick. I ordered again. same thing with half of the cans. I then ordered from wag.com and was very pleased to see no stems or seeds and no dented cans. BUT, my dogs began vomiting this food. Wag refunded 1/2 the cost of the case. (chewy would not accept my review of this food on their website). Not feeding this food to my dogs anymore. So disappointed.

  • gthomson

    I was surprised to find bones in it as well. Just bought a can yesterday and thought I’d try it. But I didn’t like seeing it had bones in it. They do crumble when I squeeze them, so I don’t think there’s a problem with splinters. But it seemd like too much of a potential choking hazard if my dog doesn’t chew them up good enough. And as far as I know, bones aren’t a natural source of nutrition for a dog – they just chew the meat off of them, but wouldn’t normally eat the bone, so it doesn’t make sense to me the cook them so they can be eaten. Just my feeling, though.

  • Weihan Xingqi

    Horrible! WHY can’t pet food companies stick to 98% organic meat WITHOUT bananas, oats, corn, soy, sweet potatoes, cherries, blueberries, etc. etc.?
    NO MORE of these ridiculous additives!

  • Castor and Pollux Butcher and Bushel (Canned) now contains cooked bones. I did not notice the small print on the back of the can saying about the bones till after I opened the can. Castor and Pollux has informed me that cooked bones are safe to feed to my dog but I am not taking there word for it as my veterinarian has always said no poultry bones of any kind raw or cooked. I will not be buying Castor and Pollux Butcher and Bushel (Canned) anymore because I do not feed bones at all to my Dog to be safe.

  • Spencer Whittier

    I also need to know how much phosphorus is in this food. Does anyone know where I can go to find a list of canned foods and the amount of phosphorus?

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  • James Long

    Any idea how much phosphorus is in this food? Thanks