Castor and Pollux Organix Grain-Free Dog Food Review (Canned)

Castor and Pollux Organix Chicken and Vegetable Dry Dog Food

Castor and Pollux Dog Food Review

Rating:

Castor and Pollux Organix Grain Free canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Castor and Pollux Organix Grain Free product line includes the 4 canned dog foods listed below.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Organix Grain Free Chicken and Potato 4 M
Organix Grain Free Turkey and Vegetable 4 M
Organix Grain Free Chicken and Vegetable 4 M
Organix Grain Free Turkey, Carrot and Potato 4 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Castor and Pollux Organix Grain Free Chicken and Vegetable was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Castor and Pollux Organix Grain-Free Chicken and Vegetable

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 34% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 31%

Ingredients: Organic chicken, water sufficient for processing, organic chicken liver, organic pea flour, organic peas, organic potatoes, organic coconut flour, organic flaxseed, organic apples, organic blueberries, tricalcium phosphate, salt, organic guar gum, choline chloride, 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), organic garlic powder, potassium chloride

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis34%27%31%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%51%23%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 23%

Ingredient Analysis

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

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

The fourth ingredient is 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.

The fifth item includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is coconut flour, a powder derived from dried, defatted coconut meat. This cereal grain replacement is high in fiber and low in digestible carbohydrates. In addition, coconut flour also contains about 18% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The eighth ingredient is 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.

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 Castor and Pollux product.

With 2 notable exceptions

First, garlic can be a controversial item. Although many favor the ingredient for its claimed health benefits, garlic has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.2

So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

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 Grain Free canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 34%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 31%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 80%.

Which means this Castor and Pollux product line contains…

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

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

However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 26% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Our Rating of Castor and Pollux Organix Dog Food

Castor and Pollux Organix Grain Free is a canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Has Castor and Pollux Dog Food Been Recalled?

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No recalls noted.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)

11/13/2020 Last Update