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 [M]
- Organix Butcher & Bushel Tender Chicken Dinner [M]
- 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.
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
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%
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||37%||16%||39%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||32%||34%||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.
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.
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.