Castor & Pollux Dog Food

Castor & Pollux Dog Food Review

Castor & Pollux Dog Food

Castor & Pollux Pet Works is a premium pet food manufacturer started by Shelley Gunton and her husband Brian Connoly in the year 2000 in Oregon USA.

Castor & Pollux Natural Petworks pride themselves in being the first to produce a premium quality line of natural specialty food and supplies for pets. The company’s website claims that all their pet food formulas are “crafted with natural and organic proteins plus real fruits and vegetables…”

We believe strongly recommend Castor and Pollux brands, especially Organix formulas and believe this is one of the best dog food brands available today.

Castor and Pollux dog food products are marketed in three dog food brands—Organix, Natural Ultramix, and Good Buddy.

The Organix line of dry dog food includes—Organix Adult Dog, Organix Weight Management, and Organix Puppy.

The Natural Ultramix dry dog food line includes—Natural Ultramix Large Breed, Natural Ultramix Lamb and Rice, Natural Ultramix Puppy, Natural Ultramix Adult Dog, and Natural Ultramix Weight Management.

Good Buddy is the company’s line of dog food treats.

Among the Castor and Pollux Ultramix dog food line, four meet the AAFCO nutrient profile for adult maintenance while formula meets the standard for puppies.

The Castor and Pollux Organix product line has two formulas that satisfy the AAFCO nutrient standards for adult maintenance and one formula for puppies.

The protein component of the dog food lines is derived primarily from meat-based proteins including organic chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, and salmon meal. The protein value of the dog food is further increased with the addition of plant-based protein sources such as peas.

Although the first ingredient for both the Ultramix and Organix lines is organic chicken, it is still considered raw meat with almost 80% water content. Upon processing, water is lost and what’s left is only a fraction of the original ingredient.

It is for this reason that chicken meal, turkey meal, or salmon meal is added, usually as the second or third ingredient. Meat meals are also called meat concentrates which can provide 300 percent more protein to the ration compared to fresh or raw sources.

Both Organix and Ultramix dry dog food formulas are high in carbohydrates. Almost half of the ration is made up of carbohydrates derived from milo, ground whole oats, ground whole barley, brown rice, dried bananas, brewer’s dried yeast, organic brown rice, organic millet, and organic oats.

Most of these carbohydrate sources are claimed to be organic particularly in the Organix dog food line. They are mostly complex carbohydrates which are easily digestible and provide natural fiber in the diet. Millet is gluten-free grains which are hypoallergenic and rich in B-vitamins.

Among the many ingredients of Castor and Pollux dog food products, tomato pomace and brewer’s dried yeast received the most flack because these ingredients are often considered as an inexpensive pet food filler. Yeast has also been linked to increasing the risk of developing Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV) or Bloat, a life-threatening condition.

Many dog owners like the fact that Castor and Pollux dog food formulas do not contain any form of corn particularly among the first five ingredients of each ration. Good results have been reported in dogs given any Castor and Pollux dog food products including shiny hair coat, high energy levels, and better skin condition.

A couple negative reviews arise from hypersensitivity reactions to chicken and chicken meal which are popular dog food allergens. There are also dogs which suffer from grain-based allergies. Dog owners also comment on the Castor and Pollux dog food products to be a bit expensive.

Overall, Castor and Pollux dog foods are some of our highest rated formulas. We strongly recommend this brand.

Please visit the links listed below for Castor and Pollux dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Castor and Pollux dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

Castor & Pollux Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Natural ULTRAMIX Adult Canine Formula
  2. Natural ULTRAMIX Large Breed Adult Canine Formula
  3. Natural ULTRAMIX Puppy Formula
  4. Natural ULTRAMIX Lamb & Rice  Formula
  5. Natural ULTRAMIX Weight Management Formula for Dogs
  6. Natural ULTRAMIX Canned Adult formulas (3 flavors)
  7. Natural ULTRAMIX Canned Puppy Formula (1 flavor)
  8. ORGANIX Adult Formula Dog Food
  9. ORGANIX Puppy Formula Dog Food
  10. ORGANIX Less Active Formula
  11. ORGANIX Canned Formulas: (4 flavors)
  12. Organix Grain-Free Range with Raw Bites

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23 Responses to “Castor & Pollux Dog Food”
  1. palena says:

    Yes we use Castor Pollux with great results for our animals especially those taht are emaciated or have been horrible abused and so forth. We have used Castor Pollux for over a year now and began using their canned dog food a few months ago – using it helped one severely damamged little boy get much better in a faster period of time

  2. Roxanne says:

    I started my two puppy chihuahuas on the castor and pollux and they absolutely love it. One of my babies was from an abused home, and when he came to us, he would hardly eat, I fed him the dry and wet food mixed and now, you would never know he had such a hard first few months!

  3. Virginia says:

    My girl Camden, my little senior citizen is in excellent shape for her age of 16. She has been eating a holistic, raw meat diet for most of her life -recently homemade organic chicken, beef and veggies. Her years are starting to catch up with her and her appetite was failing. I thought that it was the end of her good life many times because I could not get her to eat her healthy foods. I recently opened a can of the turkey mix and ever since she has been waiting by her bowl at meal time for Organix. I am unemployed and do find it to be too expensive however, I will continue to buy Castor and Pollux Organix- thanks to them for helping my girl lead a quality life in her senior years.

  4. wendie says:

    I adopted my pomeranian as a puppy 9 years ago. Now, she’s a senior with severe allergies. Her allergies included :chewing of paws, scratching, and coughing. My vet urged to change her diet. Occasionally I’d make her chicken and rice but primarily ate purina little bites for all her life.
    Unfortunately, research for food that is more suitable for her began after realizing the allergies.
    In researching Castro & Polluck I found the reviews to ALL highly recommended from may other pet owners. The reviews on the brand is truly accurate. She’s been on the Castro& Polluck (adult dog food canned mixed with hard) for just week. Since the diet change, she never coughs, chews her paws or scratches her skin! I forgot to mention, she has only a few teeth left. The hard food is easy for her to chew.
    I too recommend Castro& Polluck to ALL dog owners. They have a various types of food to choose from, not to mention its all natural. If I were a dog, I’d eat this stuff. If you don’t believe me, open a can of natural ultra mix. Good Luck!

  5. Katherine says:

    Choose a bag of Castor & Pollux today while at the store. I was loooking for a new food for my dog’s ages 8 & 9 and my grandpuppy age 2. Half the time I cook for them but sometimes I do give them dry dog food. Brought the Natural Ultramix adult food home and gave each 1/2 cup. These dog’s eat that food up fast! The grandpuppy usally eats anything but my two dog’s do not. Think I may have found a new food for them that they really love.

  6. Suzie says:

    I bought Castor and Pollux weight control for my havanese that is slightly overweight. The vet said he needed to loose some weight because of his luxating patellas, and recommended he switch to a diet food. I do not like to feed my dog junky food and looked for one that was healthy for him. He loves this food and in four weeks has lost 1/2 pound, which is a lot for a dog that weights 14 pounds. What an excellent dog food. We have fed him premium foods since he was a puppy, but this is by far his favorite and we will be sticking with Castor and Pollux, even after he loses the weight.

  7. Ginny says:

    I foster dogs for a rescue group and right now have five. Two of the dogs are old and don’t have good enough teeth to eat straight dry dog food so I always mix it with a little canned food, which can get surprisingly expensive. I had been feeding dry and canned Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul, which is fine and they liked it OK. It’s also not as expensive as some other premium foods. I picked up some cans of Castor & Pollux Natural Ultra Mix on sale, and they all LOVE it, which is unusual as generally one or another will dislike a food. They like it so much that I don’t have to use as much canned. I haven’t been feeding it long enough to know how well they will do on it, but so far there have been no digestive or other problems. I think I’m going to switch.

  8. Antonio says:

    I was just on Castor and Pollux’s website and I noticed something that caught my attention. While the food would suggest the usage of 100% Organic products, the ingredient list suggest otherwise.

    Organic Chicken, Chicken Meal, Organic Brown Rice, Organic Peas, Organic Millet, Organic Oats, Salmon Meal, Chicken Fat Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols (a natural source of Vitamin E), Natural Chicken Flavor, Organic Quinoa, Organic Dried Eggs, Organic Flaxseed, Organic Apples, Organic Broccoli, Organic Carrots, Organic Pumpkin, Organic Pears, Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite,Calcium Iodate), Salt, Organic Dried Blackberries, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2 Polyphosphate, Vitamin B12 Supplement,Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Glucosamine Hydrochloride,Chondroitin Sulfate, Yeast Culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillusniger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis, Fermentation Solubles, Rosemary Extract.

    Notice that the Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat, and Salmon Meal are listed as such, while not containing the word Organic in front of the words.

  9. Dr Jess says:

    Well how about Natural Chicken Flavor. The entire vitamin and supplement list are not organic. It is just another ploy to get you to buy their product. What jumps out at me is the amount of salt/Sodium Selenite is in it. And look how high up the list Sodium Selenite is.

    Now Nan, this would worry me.

  10. Bella says:

    I recently found Castor and Pollux dog food at a store called Big Lots! $5.00 for a 6lb. bag. I was extremely surprised because that particular store, if not familiar, is a bagain shopping store. Anyway, wonderful ingredients and so far my 2 Cojacks seem to like it.

  11. Sarah says:

    I also found the Castor & Pollux Natural Ultramix Puppy food at Big Lots for $5…great buy!
    My dog loves this brand! Nice small pieces (he’s a Chihuahua)

  12. Charley says:

    I found Castor& Pollux Ultramax Weight Management at Big Lots ($5 for 6 lbs.). This has helped my one overweight dog in our family of six wonderful rescues. She’s 8 yrs old, but all the dogs love it. Because of cost, the hefty girl gets most of the Castor&Pollux. She actually appears satisfied throughout the day, which is different for her, as she is an “always hungry” dog. Thankful for C&P putting their product at Big Lots!

  13. goldenwds says:

    When we adopted our rescue Cocker Spaniel, he had been through a terrible time. He was recovering from malnourishment and from a family that a solider went off to Iraq. I was impressed with Organix’s list of ingredients and the absence of preservatives or fillers and believe the best food available to get him on the road to a healthy state. I believe mixing a cup Organix and cup home made dog food consisting of brown rice, ground Turkey, & Peas & Carrots. He shifts through his bowl picking out the ground Turkey, brown rice, Organix food while sparing eating the Peas & Carrots. He scatters his food around his bowel. I am absolutely impressed and slightly annoyed that I have to pick up the left over pieces from my floor. He is the apple of my mother-laws eye and loyally deserving dog and he is much happier with us and so are we with him.

  14. Lee says:

    My almost 5 month old puppy has been eating Natural Ultramix Puppy-Dry for 2 weeks. She has had less ‘waste’, but been gassy – whew! Is it the food?
    I had spent the previous month switching her from Nutro to this wheat-free food, hoping it would help keep her from scratching herself raw.
    thanks! oh, she is a large breed mix. 30 pounds now.

  15. Jennie says:

    My two dachshunds have been on Natural Ultramix Weight Management formula for almost 5 years now. My older doxie had severe skin allergies before starting on Natural Ultramix and now has no problems. I was very dismayed today to find out that the stores in my area have chosen not to carry the weight management formula anymore. I finally found a store that will order the product for me (so I can avoid the shipping charges). I was told that this formula was moved out of the stores to make room for the new varieties that have just come in. So sad!

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