Castor & Pollux Natural UltraMix Grain-Free Real Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Dry Dog Food Review

Castor pollux natural ultramix grain free real chicken sweet potato recipe review

This dry dog food is manufactured by Castor & Pollux in The United States .

first 10 ingredients of Castor & Pollux Natural UltraMix Grain-Free Real Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe include:
1.) Chicken
2.) Chicken Meal
3.) Turkey Meal
4.) Sweet Potatoes
5.) Dried Potatoes
6.) Dried Peas
7.) Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols)
8.) Salmon Meal
9.) Pea Protein
10.) Potato Protein

This dog food is reccommended for all breeds. It's estimated cost is $2.16 per lb.

Our Rating: 7.5
Our Rating: 7.5 - 9
Rating Logic:
Base Score: 4
Bad Ingredients: -1
Good Ingredients: +0.5
Top 10: chicken meat: +1
First 3: chicken meat: +1
Top 10: turkey meat: +1
First 3: turkey meat: +1

Detailed Nutrition Analysis

Estimated Nutrient Content
Protein: 42.22%
Fat: 18.89%
Carbs: 35.0%
Analysis:

This dog food was found to have a healthy nutrient breakdown.

Breakdown of the Main Ingredients

Analyzing the first 10 ingredients in a dog food is a great way to understand the overall nutrient content of the dog food because AAFCO requires all dog food ingredients to be listed in order of predominance by their weight. Here's a closer look at what's inside Castor & Pollux Natural UltraMix Grain-Free Real Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe.
Chicken: Chicken is an extremely common meat used in dog foods and typically the cheapest meat source available. There's nothing wrong with feeding your dog chicken, but it's also not uncommon for dogs to have a chicken allergy. If you find your dog excessively itching, it would be best to try a dog food with no chicken products.
Turkey Meal: Turkey is an excellent protein source for your dog that's recommended by the AKC and others.
Sweet Potatoes:
Dried Potatoes:
Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols): Tocopherol may sound like a nasty chemical, but it's actually a naturally occuring organic chemical compound and a type of Vitamin E. Tocopherol can be derived from various nuts and vegetable oils. These serve as a natural preservative for dog foods.
Pea Protein: Peas are a very popular ingredient in dog foods today, especially with many dog foods going grain-free. Peas are a great source of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein for your dog.
Potato Protein:

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Knowing What's Good and What's Not

Full Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Dried Potatoes, Dried Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Salmon Meal, Pea Protein, Potato Protein, Natural Flavor, Chicken Liver, Bananas, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Dried Organic Alfalfa Meal, Salmon Oil, Salt, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate), Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.

Controversial Ingredients:

  • Natural flavor: What exactly is "natural flavor"? It's impossible for us to say exactly. It's some sort of meat-based or plant-based additive to make the dog food taste better. Due to the mystery behind what exactly is being added to the dog food, we suggest you avoid this ingredient. Reference

Good Ingredients:

  • Carrot: Carrots are high in fiber, beta-carotene, and Vitamin A. Reference
  • Alfalfa: Alfalfa is an herb with many health benefits including arthritis pain relief and it's loaded with important nutrients. Reference

Ingredients You May Wonder About:

  • Chicken: Chicken is an extremely common meat used in dog foods and typically the cheapest meat source available. There's nothing wrong with feeding your dog chicken, but it's also not uncommon for dogs to have a chicken allergy. If you find your dog excessively itching, it would be best to try a dog food with no chicken products.
  • Mixed tocopherols: Tocopherol may sound like a nasty chemical, but it's actually a naturally occuring organic chemical compound and a type of Vitamin E. Tocopherol can be derived from various nuts and vegetable oils. These serve as a natural preservative for dog foods.
  • Copper: Copper is found in nearly all living things and is required in the diet to keep a dog healthy. As a result, nearly all dog foods add small levels of copper in accordance to AAFCO guidelines.
  • Calcium pantothenate: This is another B Vitamin that's healthy for your dog and considered a requirement for a complete diet by the AAFCO. Reference
  • Niacin: Also known as Vitamin B3.
  • Pyridoxine: Also known as Vitamin B6, a healthy part of your dog's diet. Reference
  • Thiamine mononitrate: This is a scientific name for Vitamin B1. Too little Vitamin B1 can cause a variety of health issues and any excess is easily flushed from the body. Most manufacturers add this dog food to stay in line with AAFCO guidelines. Reference
  • Yucca: Yucca is a plant that has the primary benefit of having your dog's stool smell less. It's a very common dog food ingredient. Reference
  • Lactobacillus casei: Lactobacillus Casei is a probiotic with many known benefits in humans. Reference
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus: Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a probiotic added to help promote a healthy stomach and digestion in your dog.
  • Rosemary: Rosemary is a natural preservative and is very common in dry dog foods.