Among high-end dry dog foods, Castor & Pollux Organix earns extra credit from reviewers for its use of organic ingredients. Some are disappointed, however, that it is not grain-free, although they add that at least the grains it uses are high quality. Top ingredients are organic chicken, chicken meal, organic brown rice and organic peas. Chickens are raised free range. For those who want a grain-free food, Orijen Adult Formula (*Est. $40 per 15.4 lb. bag) is a little less expensive. Though it is not organic, meats are free range, and products are sourced from suppliers in the region, not imported. The food complies with Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards for nutritional sufficiency.
The use of organic ingredients gives pet owners a little extra assurance that undesirable pesticides or hormones not on the label don't sneak into the food, pet-food experts say. Castor & Pollux canned foods were part of the massive pet-food recall in 2007, but the dry foods have had a good track record and were not among the ones recalled as part of 2012's spring recall of foods over salmonella concerns.
We found reviews for Castor & Pollux Organix at a number of sites. The most helpful review is at DogFoodAdvisor.com. Less comprehensive but still useful feedback can be found at DogFoodChat.com, DogAware.com and About.com. See Petco.com for user reviews.
The use of organic ingredients, plus the inclusion of lots of meat, leads Mike Sagman to awarding Castor & Pollux Organix his highest 5-star rating. This review does an excellent job describing ingredients, their benefit and their relative importance.
Review: Castor and Pollux Organix (Dry), Mike Sagman, Nov. 2, 2011
Castor & Pollux Organix is listed here as among the top dry dog-food choices. Mary Straus notes that over 70 percent of the ingredients are certified organic, and that chicken and turkey is free range. Testing is also complimented.
Review: Dry Dog Foods (Kibble and Dehydrated), Mary Straus, May 8, 2012
The editors here say that even more meat would have been nice, but are pleased by the use of organic ingredients. Discussion is not terribly deep, but the value of some of the ingredients is covered.
Review: Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Canine Formula, Editors of DogFoodChat.com
Jenna Stregowski, a veterinary technician, gives a brief thumbnail sketch of Castor & Pollux dog foods, including Castor & Pollux Organix. She includes it on her list of top natural and holistic dog-food choices, but doesn't delve at all into the ingredients or nutrition of the food. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top Natural and Holistic Dog Foods, Jenna Stregowski
Not every dog owner is a fan of Castor & Pollux Organix here, but most are -- resulting in an overall rating of 4.6 following more than 35 user reviews. A handful of owners say their dogs did not like the food or appeared to be allergic to something in it. One complains that there should be more meat in it. Still most say they -- and their dogs -- like the Organix.
Review: Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Dry Dog Food, Contributors to Petco.com