Castor & Pollux Natural Ultramix Grain-Free Duck, Sweet Potatoes & Peas Entree Adult Dry Dog Food
A good fit
Food Product awareness is something that not many owners have. Typically, you will not know which foods are better than others until you have shopped around for a while. I was one of those shoppers. I kept looking at many name brand companies and kept scratching my head on which to feed my beloved dog.
From seeing reviews online and reading customer feedback on different foods, I ended up going with 2x 25lbs bags of Merrick Grain-free Real buffalo with sweet potatoe as my introduction higher end food for my dog, which is a 1.5yr old Pitbull.
Before this, I had her on Purina dog food which she loved. However, it turned out that food was not the greatest because of the ingredients it was made from. Again, this is when I started to be more aware of what I was actually buying for my dog.
After much, much reading, I came to the conclusion that I did not want any food that came from any of the Diamond plants. They have had too many recalls, and they make a huge amount of different dog food, that gets relabeled. After making sure that Merrick was not made by Diamond, I went ahead and bought it.
I transitioned my dog from her old food to the Merrick in a span of 3 weeks. I noticed that although I was only doing 25%:75% Merrick:Purina respectively, my dog was not reacting well to it. I extended the amount of time to do the transition because of this, and after the 3 weeks, after she was fully on the Merrick, she was still not doing well on it. I noticed that she seemed more lethargic. She actually lost some weight, and lastly, she was not enthusiastic about eating Merrick. This is coming from a dog that had never, and I do mean never, left a morsel of food in her bowl before. To the point where I had never seen a dog eat anything that was put in front of her.
That is when I started getting really suspicious about the Merrick food. It did not smell bad or anything, but my dog was having loose stool after a month of feeding her this food. Needless to say, I didn't finish with feeding both bags of the Merrick. At the time, I also had my brother's dog at my house, another pitbull, and he showed some of the same problems, loose stool, loss of appetite, weight loss, and I noticed after a month on the food that they were both getting bumps on their skin.
To make a very long story short, I went back to researching and reading, and while the Castor & Pollux is just a few dollars more per bag, I chose to give it a try. It turned out to be a great decision. Shortly after switching over, she started devouring her food again. She started gaining weight (I did follow the advised feeding amount on both bags, which just happens to be the same amount on both), and her stool was nice and uniform after only 3 days of being on this food. You would never imagine that uniform, solid dog stool would put a smile on your face, but it did with me.
My dog is back to being her old self, and I'm happy I chose to go with another food. This is not to say that the Merrick brand is a bad one, because every dog reacts differently to different food, but our dog(s) did not react well at all to the Merrick food. It is unfortunate because I spent well over $100 on both bags (locally) and I felt super let down by that company.
I will continue to order Castor & Pollux for my dog from now on, and hopefully I will find another food which she likes in order to rotate the food so that she does not have to eat the same thing over and over again.
Thank you Chewy for the great prices, great shipping, and affordable prices!!!
August 5, 2014
Another quality food...
I like to rotate my dog's food as he gets bored easily! I thought I would try this as a change from Merricks for awhile since it was on sale. I can't say I've noticed a drastic change, since I think the quality is on par w/Merricks, but he likes it and is doing well after an initial stomach upset (my fault--introduced too quickly). I will continue to use this as a change once in a while. I do love the little heart shaped kibble!
August 6, 2014
Great for dogs with storage mite allergy!
Our Jack Russell Terrier is severely allergic to storage mites. This non-grain-based dog food has helped in relieving his symptoms. He also likes some fruits, and this formula has some of them as well. We also now store his food inside an airtight container and are careful not to leave out uneaten food.
I have read about some people freezing the dog food to kill the mites, but as one person put it, if the dog was allergic to chicken, it wouldn't matter whether it was dead or not, he is still allergic. The same goes for storage mites.
This food has a very small likelihood of storage mites, because it is not a grain-based food and then kept in an airtight container.
November 6, 2013
My puppy used to have tummy issues every few weeks when she's a puppy. We took her to the vet a couple times. She was given different medications and we even switched her to sensitive GI kibbles & tried grain-free diet from other brands, but these didn't really help.
Now that she is older, we switched her to Castor & Pollux's Grain-Free Duck, and her tummy issues have improved a lot (no more accidents/late night trip to the bathroom)! We have done a ton of research to find the perfect food, and Castor & Pullux is the best match for us.
It is grain-free, all natural, with added probiotics; the kibbles do not smell like "dog food" at all. There are also real dehydrated peas, banana, and carrots mixed in the food.
Chewy has the best $$ compared to others. They also have excellent shipping, I got my order in 2 business days. *Highly recommended*
September 8, 2013
I have a 7 month old border collie with a sensitive stomach, I've tried a lot of different foods; science diet( not my choice.. Just what he was on at the shelter) Blue buffalo, dr Tim's, Wellness core grain free and none of them seemed to work until I was found this one. Harley now has a shiny black coat and he no long clears the room with his gas or breathe.
September 3, 2013
I feel this product has great ingredients that are healthy for my pets.
My dogs all liked this dry food and it has no rice in it and the first ingredient was duck. I had to purchase it because I have a dog with allergies and this seems to work the best.
October 16, 2013
My dogs love this food
I am a pet sitter and noticed one of my clients uses this food as well as the auto ship from Chewy.com. Bought a small bag from local pet store. All 4 of my dogs loved it. You can see pieces of the ingredients as well as the brown pieces are heart shaped not that that makes a difference. No crumbs. I now received this every 2 weeks as auto ship. My dogs are happy and healthy. I am happy as I do not have to remember to go shopping especially when I am almost out or it is extreme weather. I am going to add cat food into my auto ship ordering.
November 16, 2014
One of the best dog foods out there! Very healthy & it has high ratings! My dogs love the small size of the kibble!
November 11, 2014