Authority canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Authority product line includes 14 canned dog foods.
Although each appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we were unable to find AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product’s web page.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Authority Adult Lamb and Rice Ground
- Authority Senior Beef and Rice Ground
- Authority Senior Lamb and Rice Ground
- Authority Adult Chicken and Rice Ground
- Authority Senior Chicken and Rice Ground
- Authority Adult Beef and Rice Ground (4 stars)
- Authority Adult Turkey and Rice Ground (4 stars)
- Authority Puppy Lamb and Rice Ground (3.5 stars)
- Authority Adult Weight Management Lamb and Rice
- Authority Puppy Chicken and Rice Ground (3.5 stars)
- Authority Adult Beef and Rice Savory Cuts (3.5 stars)
- Authority Adult Weight Management Chicken and Rice
- Authority Adult Chicken and Rice Savory Cuts (3.5 stars)
- Authority Adult Large Breed Chicken and Rice Savory Cuts (3.5 stars)
Authority Adult Chicken and Rice Ground recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Authority Adult Chicken and Rice Ground Entree
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, brewers rice, rice flour, dried beet pulp, rice gluten, dried egg product, canola oil, guar gum, carrageenan, potassium chloride, salt, vitamins (vitamin E, B12, D3 supplements, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid), minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, manganous sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite), choline chloride
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||27%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||51%||22%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.
The second ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fifth ingredient is rice flour. Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.
The sixth ingredient lists beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.
Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.
We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.
The seventh ingredient is rice gluten. Rice gluten is the residue from rice after the removal of most of the starch and germ.2
Although technically, rice is gluten-free, it’s considered a notable protein concentrate.
Even though it contains over 70% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based product like rice gluten can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The eighth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With three notable exceptions…
First, canola oil can be a controversial item. That’s because some worry that canola oil is made from rapeseed, a genetically modified (GMO) raw material.
Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
Next, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
And lastly, with the sole exception of copper, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
Authority Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Authority looks like an average canned dog food.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 35% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 64%.
Below-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the rice gluten contained in this recipe and the wheat gluten contained in some of the others, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a below-average amount of meat.
Authority canned dog food is a meat-based wet product using a below-average amount of poultry, lamb or beef as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
Those looking for a comparable kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Authority dry dog food.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
03/14/2010 Original review
02/18/2014 Last Update