Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

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

The Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel product line includes the 5 canned dog foods listed below.

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

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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 = 42% | Fat = 21% | Carbs = 29%

Ingredients: Organic turkey, organic chicken broth, water sufficient for processing, organic chicken, organic chicken liver, organic pea protein, organic carrots, organic sweet potatoes, organic dried egg product, organic coconut flour, organic blueberries, organic flaxseed, calcium carbonate, sodium phosphate, salt, organic alfalfa meal, choline chloride, potassium chloride, organic guar gum, minerals (zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, 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), sodium alginate, organic rosemary, organic sage, xanthan gum

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.4%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis42%21%29%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%42%24%
Protein = 35% | Fat = 42% | Carbs = 24%

The first ingredient in this dog food is 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 chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

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

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

The sixth item is 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 seventh ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

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

The ninth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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 4 notable exceptions

First, we find coconut flour, a powder derived from dried, defatted coconut meat. This cereal grain replacement is high in fiber and low in digestible carbohydrates.

Next, this recipe includes flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

In addition, we find alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in 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 Review

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…

Based on its ingredients alone, Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel looks like an above-average canned dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 42%, a fat level of 21% and estimated carbohydrates of about 29%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.

Which means that this Castor and Pollux product line contains…

Above-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, flaxseed and alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a canned dog food containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel is a grain-free moisture-rich dog food that utilizes a moderate amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Castor and Pollux Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  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

11/24/2019 Last Update