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 5 grain-free, 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.
Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.
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- Organix Butcher & Bushel Carved Turkey Dinner [M]
- Organix Butcher & Bushel Shredded Chicken Dinner [M]
- Organix Butcher & Bushel Chicken Wing & Thigh Dinner [M]
- Organix Butcher & Bushel Tender Chicken Dinner (4 stars) [M]
- Organix Butcher & Bushel Chopped Turkey & Chicken Dinner [M]
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
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||42%||21%||29%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||35%||42%||24%|
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 organic 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 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 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 seventh ingredient lists organic carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The eighth 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 ninth ingredient is organic 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 have 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 four notable exceptions…
First, we find organic 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 organic 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 organic alfalfa meal. 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 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…
Judging by its ingredients alone, Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.
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.
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%.
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 wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Castor and Pollux Organix Butcher and Bushel is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
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
06/22/2018 Last Update