Authority canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The Authority product line includes 11 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 Adult Turkey and Rice Ground
- Authority Puppy Lamb and Rice Ground
- Authority Puppy Chicken and Rice Ground
- Authority Adult Beef and Rice Savory Cuts
- Authority Adult Beef and Rice Ground (4 stars)
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- Authority Mature Lamb and Rice Ground (2.5 stars)
- Authority Mature Chicken and Rice Ground (2.5 stars)
- Authority Adult Chicken and Rice Savory Cuts (4 stars)
- Authority Weight Management Lamb and Rice (2.5 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
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, rice, potato starch, wheat gluten, dried egg product, natural flavor, dried beet pulp, salt, guar gum, corn starch, sodium phosphate, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide and choline chloride
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 10%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||40%||23%||30%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||32%||44%||24%|
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 rice. Is this whole grain rice, brown rice or white rice? Since the word “rice” doesn’t tell us much, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The fifth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.
The sixth ingredient is wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably 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 seventh 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.
After the natural flavor, we find 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.
With two notable exceptions…
First, we find canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.
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.
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 canned dog food looks like an average wet product.
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 36% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 33% 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 wheat gluten contained in this recipe and the rice gluten contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Authority is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of poultry, lamb or beef as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Those looking for a comparable kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Authority dry dog food.
Authority Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
08/13/2015 Last Update
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