Castor & Pollux Dog Food Ingredients

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Castor & Pollux manufactures roughly 70 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Castor & Pollux ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Castor & Pollux uses roughly 146 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Castor & Pollux, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. organic chicken
  2. organic chicken broth
  3. water sufficient for processing
  4. organic chicken liver
  5. organic pea

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Castor & Pollux is organic chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is organic chicken broth, followed by water sufficient for processing, organic chicken liver, and organic pea.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Castor & Pollux does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 70 Castor & Pollux dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Castor & Pollux does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Castor & Pollux have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 146 Castor & Pollux ingredients. According to our data, Castor & Pollux does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 4 controversial ingredients inside Castor & Pollux products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

garlic powder
2 Recipes

Garlic powder in very small quantities can be an acceptable addition, however, garlic can also be toxic. Therefore many pet owners choose to completely avoid garlic.

The following recipes contain garlic powder:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
3 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

organic pea protein
30 Recipes

Organic pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The following recipes contain organic pea protein:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Castor & Pollux ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Castor & Pollux Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Grain Free Dental Chews Medium Bones

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Grain Free Dental Chews Mini Bones

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Small Breed Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Puppy Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Senior Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe With Healthy Grains

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe With Raw Bites

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken, Turkey & Lentil Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Beef & Chickpea Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Beef & Chickpea Recipe For Small Breed Dogs

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Beef & Sweet Potato Recipe With Raw Bites

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Lamb & Lentil Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe For Puppies

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Wild-Caught Salmon & Sweet Potato Recipe With Raw Bites

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Butcher & Bushel Organic Carved Turkey Dinner

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Butcher & Bushel Organic Chicken Wing & Thigh Dinner

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Butcher & Bushel Organic Chopped Turkey & Chicken Dinner

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Butcher & Bushel Organic Shredded Chicken Dinner

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Butcher & Bushel Organic Tender Chicken Dinner

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Chicken & Potato Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Chicken & Vegetable Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Turkey, Carrot & Potato Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Grain Free Organic Turkey & Vegetable Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Chicken & Potato Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Turkey & Vegetable Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Turkey, Carrot & Potato Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Grain Free Organic Chicken & Potato Stew

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Castor & Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Grain Free Organic Chicken Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Grain Free Organic Turkey & Potato Stew

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Castor & Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Grain Free Organic Turkey Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Organic Chicken, Quinoa & Carrot Stew

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Castor & Pollux Organix Tiny Feasts Organic Turkey, Quinoa & Carrot Stew

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Cage-Free Duck, Pea & Carrot Stew

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Cage-Free Duck Stew For Small Breed Dogs

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken, Pea & Carrot Stew

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken Stew For Small Breed Dogs

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Turkey, Carrot & Apple Stew

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Beef, Pea & Carrot Stew

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Beef Stew For Small Breed Dogs

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Lamb, Carrot & Apple Stew

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Lamb Stew For Small Breed Dogs

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Chicken Bone Broth

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Free-Range Turkey Bone Broth

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Grass-Fed Beef Bone Broth Seasoned With Turmeric

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Beef Jerky

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Dog Cookies Cheddar Cheese Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Dog Cookies Peanut Butter Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Dog Cookies Pumpkin & Apple Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Jerky Strips Real Chicken Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Jerky Strips Real Salmon Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Sausage Cuts Real Beef Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy Sausage Cuts Real Chicken Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy USA Rawhide Bone With Natural Chicken Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy USA Rawhide Braided Stick With Natural Chicken Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy USA Rawhide Chips With Natural Chicken Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy USA Rawhide Curls With Natural Chicken Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy USA Rawhide Mini Rolls With Natural Chicken Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy USA Rawhide Pretzel With Natural Chicken Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Good Buddy USA Rawhide Sticks With Natural Chicken Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Cookies Cheddar Cheese Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Cookies Chicken Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Organix Organic Cookies Peanut Butter Flavor

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Jerky Grass-Fed Beef Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Jerky Wild-Caught Salmon Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Sausages Free-Range Chicken Recipe

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Castor & Pollux Pristine Grain Free Sausages Grass-Fed Lamb Recipe

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