Authority Dog Food

August 3, 2010  
Filed under Authority Dog Food, Dog Food Reviews

Authority Dog Food Review

Authority dog food was launched in 1995 by PetSmart. According to the company’s pet nutritionist “Authority is nutrient-dense and high in protein and fat”.

Authority dog food formulas are based on feedback from a team of veterinarians and nutritionists and Pet Parents. Authority claims to produce dog food products packed “high-quality proteins and essential vitamins and minerals” to meet the nutritional standards established by the AAFCO dog profiles for growth or maintenance.

There are different Authority dog food formulas which are currently available in the market. Each is tailored for a specific age group and pets with special needs.

There has been no Authority dry dog food which has been subject for recall by the FDA however a few canned formulas were included in the 2007 pet food recall for melamine.

The first five ingredients of Authority dog food formulas contain a fresh and meat meal coupled with several carbohydrate sources.

Chicken is incorporated in its raw form which means, it still contains about 80% water. During processing, water is lost leaving only a small portion of the original amount. Although chicken is a good source of quality meat-based protein, without a meat meal ingredient, the amount of protein in dog food will certainly fall below what is desired.

Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate which means it contains 300% more protein compared to raw meat sources.

Corn gluten meal is a source of plant-based protein which is of inferior quality compared to meat-based proteins. However, its addition to the dog food formula contributes to the overall protein level of the dog food. This ingredient is a by-product when starch is extracted from corn. Some dog owners are wary of dog food formulas that contain corn gluten meal because of the risk of hypersensitivity reactions in dogs.

The carbohydrate component of Authority dog food formulas is usually consists of brown rice, corn, and oat groats.

Brown rice is a healthy complex carbohydrate. Compared to white rice, it is much more nutritious because its outer coat, which is rich in essential nutrients, is still intact.

Corn is a good source of carbohydrates however it has been linked to incidence of canine food allergies. Another issue is the grade of corn which is incorporated in the feed. Many dog food products have been known to use feed grade corn which is used for livestock.

Oat groats are rich in carbohydrates, B-vitamins, and fiber. The ingredient is derived from oats from which the hulls have been removed.

Some of the other controversial ingredients found in Authority dog food products include dried beet pulp and canola oil.

Dried beet pulp is a valuable fiber source however it has been viewed as an inexpensive filler for low quality dog food products.

Canola oil has been condemned as an unhealthy fat however it is a rich source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

There is no trace of probiotics or beneficial microorganisms that can help boost digestive and immune functions. Many good quality dog food kibbles are coated with probiotics.

Chelated minerals are also absent thus minerals from the diet are more difficult to absorb. Most dog food products which are of poor quality don’t incorporate chelated minerals.

Many dog owners are happy that there are Authority dog food products that do not contain corn but are still quite affordable. There are also a considerable number of dog owners whose dogs never experienced any major health issues while on Authority.

A number of negative issues have also been brought forward by dog owners whose dogs experienced reactions when fed specific dog food formulas. Some of these hypersensitive reactions include ear infections which have been associated with wheat and other potential allergens; bad gas production and other digestive problems such as diarrhea, vomiting, and loose stools have also been reported.

Overall, we view Authority as a mid-tier dog food. We would not strongly recommend it as we believe there are higher quality and better alternatives available.

Please visit the links listed below for Authority dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Authority dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

Authority Dog Food Formulas

Puppy Formulas

  1. Authority Puppy Chicken Dog Food
  2. Authority Puppy Lamb Dog Food

Adult Formulas

  1. Authority Adult Chunk With Real Chicken Dog Food
  2. Authority Adult Mini chunk With Real Chicken
  3. Authority Adult Chunk With Real Lamb Dog Food
  4. Authority Adult Mini Chunk With Real Lamb

Senior Formulas

  1. Authority Adult Senior With Real Chicken

Large Breed Formulas

  1. Authority Puppy Large Breed With Real Chicken
  2. Authority Adult Large Breed With Real Chicken Dog Food
  3. Authority Senior Large Breed With Real Chicken

Weight Management Formauls

  1. Authority Adult Weight Management With Real Chicken
  2. Authority Adult Weight Management With Real Lamb Dog Food
  3. Authority Large Breed Weight Management With Real Chicken

Authority Dog Food Consumer Ratings

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6 Responses to “Authority Dog Food”
  1. Rick Abbott says:

    We are very pleased with the quality of Authority as we have 5 dogs. Authority brand has been some what expensive but you do get what you pay for… How do I get coupons to off set the cost of the dog food…?

  2. Kendra says:

    I would like to say that I have 3 small dogs and they eat Authority. They are all very healthy and the vet says that their diet is well maintained. One of my dogs use to get the runs with my old dog food, and since they have been on this food it has fixed the problem.

  3. Brian says:

    With a variety of ages and breeds we have been trying to find a food that our dogs will eat and do well on. Some have needed to gain and maintain weight. We’ve tried many types/brands, our experience with them was not very positive. Bloating, room clearing gas, explosive runs and weight loss,itching, ear infections,coat staining, none seemed to work. This has been an expensive search as we tried to give each food an honest chance and slowly transitioned our dogs onto each new food with high hopes that we had found the one that would work for all of our dogs.
    After much trial and error we narrowed down wheat and barley as something we could not have in the food we feed. Our dogs do not have a problem with corn and have actually done better on a food that contains it.
    We’ve been feeding Authority chicken adult and also puppy with no negative results.We choose to feed the chicken over the lamb as we are trying to avoid wheat which is in the lamb formula. Energy levels,weight gained where needed and maintained, coat quality/color, firm stools, ear problems we had been having cleared up.
    Authority has worked very well for us and we are happy with the results we have seen in our dogs.

  4. Jenny says:

    I have been feeding my two adult Bernese Mountain Dogs the Authority dog food brand for about a year and a half. I buy the lamb type. They are very healthy dogs with beautiful coats. The vet is very impressed with their health and even their teeth ( the oral health may or may not be related to the food).

  5. Mary Walker says:

    Can someone tell me where the components of this food come from and where the food is made? I would expect the bag to say made in USA if it is. I cannot find this info. Thanks.

  6. admin says:

    I found a couple of posts that say that although all Authority pet food is made in the US, they have been known to source ingredients from China.

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