Castor & Pollux Natural Ultramix Beef, Ground Whole Oats, Barley & Carrots Entrée

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  • Castor & Pollux Natural Ultramx Beef, Ground Whole Oats, Barley & Carrots Entrée
  • Published on: August 12, 2015
  • Last modified: August 14, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe is relatively high in protein. The protein mainly comes from a diverse blend of beef, pork meal, and Salmon meal. Meat proteins ensure all essential amino acids are made available to the dog’s needs. The Salmon meal and Salmon oil contributes healthy fatty Omega-3 acids too. Further down the ingredient list there are a few vegetables and fruits to provide additional nutrients. Overall, this recipe very good.

Pros

  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    30% (min) 15% (min) 3.5% (max) 11% (max) 33% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 400 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E 50 IU/kg
    Calcium 1%
    Phosphorus 0.9%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.3 %
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.2 %

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. deboned beef
    2. pork meal
    3. barley
    4. salmon meal
    5. peas

    Beef is a good start and source of protein with all the essential amino acids for dogs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Pork meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Barley is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs. Do note, it is rich in carbohydrates.

    Salmon meal is processed salmon parts and bones that are grounded down. It provides protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. As a meal it contains less water than just “Salmon” its

    Tapioca or Tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour) is high in carbohydrates and calories. It is good for energy, but of course too much carbs will go towards storage as fat. Beyond this, it does not offer much nutrients, fiber, or protein. This ingredient is a poor choice for average dog’s diet.

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.

    Soybean meal is the remains after grinding the soybean to extract the oil. It is a low cost source of protein with all essential amino acids for dogs, and it’s commonly found in animal feed.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it is a good source for fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. It can also improve or be a stimulant to the circulatory system. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    deboned beef, pork meal, barley, salmon meal (source of omega 3 fatty acids), peas, brown rice, sweet potato, pork fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oats, pea protein, natural flavor, flaxseed, bananas, carrots, apples, cranberries, blueberries, organic alfalfa, salmon oil, minerals (salt, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, 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 (choline chloride, vitamin e supplement, vitamin a supplement, vitamin b12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin d3, niacin, riboflavin supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, thiamine mononitrate), dried chicory root, 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.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Merrick
    Location(s): Hereford, Texas USA

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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