Authority Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Authority Grain Free Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Authority Grain Free product line includes four dry 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 Grain Free Adult Chicken and Potato
  • Authority Grain Free Adult Mini Chunk Chicken and Potato
  • Authority Grain Free Adult Large Breed Chicken and Potato
  • Authority Grain Free Puppy Chicken and Potato (4.5 stars)

Authority Grain Free Adult Chicken and Potato was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Authority Grain Free Adult Chicken and Potato

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, dried green peas, potato starch, flaxseed meal, dried beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, dried potatoes, dicalcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of ascorbic acid), copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%16%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%33%42%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient includes chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient includes potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

After the natural flavor, we find dried potatoes, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. Compared to cornmeal, dried potatoes contain slightly more protein.

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 two notable exceptions

First, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Authority Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Authority Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-average dry 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the dried peas and flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing at least a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Authority Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

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.

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Notes and Updates

08/08/2014 Last Update

  • Sean

    the product labels state “product of USA”

  • Bob K

    LaShea – Ask the people who sell it as it is their private label brand. Do you believe USA made foods are somehow special?

  • LaShea Rose

    Is authority made in usa

  • ShepAussie

    They should add digestive enzymes in their food! All commercial dog and cat food should have them.

  • ShepAussie

    I agree LM. They should actually do some testing to determine and prove that their assumption is correct in that it was indeed the food that had caused that dog to have seizures.

  • Sean

    3,400 kcal/kg or 363 kcal/cup

  • Sean
  • jagsfans5

    3400 kcals/kg for Authority Grain Free Adult Mini Chunk Chicken and Potato. Why has the food been pulled off the shelves at all stores in my area. All the store told my Wife is something about the food being reformulated. Now we have to search for a new food.

  • Malakai Attis

    He is larger than standard, but comes from a long line of champions and grand champions. My vet said he is hight weight proportionate and extremely healthy. He also told me, that it’s not abnormal, to have a purebred, that is larger than AKC standard. He said that he doesn’t agree with AKC standard at all.

  • Crazy4cats

    I have actually called and emailed Pet Smart with this question and they couldn’t answer it. I forget who manufactures it. Maybe we could try them? Good luck as I also pay attention to calories and like/need to know them before I buy it.

  • Michelle Taylor

    thank you both

  • Bobby dog

    Petsmart for some reason has taken the nutritional information off of several of their brands of dog and cat foods on their website. Maybe they are in the process of updating info…IDK You could always try to contact them too.

  • Michelle Taylor

    I don’t have a bag. I am considering switching to this food.

  • Betsy Greer

    Unfortunately, I didn’t see it on this list, but this is interesting:

    I have no idea how old this list is, but it’s a starting point. It lists kcals for a whole bunch of different dry dog foods.

  • Betsy Greer

    I don’t see it on the PetSmart website. Do you have a bag at home? Sometimes it’s hard to find on the bag, but it should be there somewhere.

  • Michelle Taylor

    Can someone tell me the kcals per cup on this food, please? thanks!

  • sam

    I have switched both my Siberian husky and German shepherd onto authority grain free and I got to say so far I really like it. both of them have extreamly sensitive stomachs and since switching neither of my doggies have had diarrhea and the both absolutely love it and my husky is an very picky eater. Wouldn’t eat blue wilderness. This was supposed to only be a temperary food but if i keep seeing good results they will be staying on it!

  • Crazy4cats

    That is great!

  • Riah

    My ACD mix whom I rescued last summer was not doing good on iams at all. She was constantly sick. I researched higher quality food and found most to be way outside of my price range (in college). I talked to her trainer though and she mentioned that Authority would be a wonderful choice because it’s close to the price of iams, but better quality. We put her on the grain free form and she has not been sick one time since. Love this food! I even convinced my parents to feed the senior formula to our eleven year old kelpie instead of the Purina “Be Happy” aka “Corn corn and more corn”. Both dogs look and act happier.

  • Shannon

    I started feeding Authority to my frenchie pug mix. He loves it, we were having trouble getting him to eat because he is incredibly picky. We tried Candidae, simply nourish and iams grain free and rarely ate his food. Authority has been our saving grace with the little guy and after bringing the ingredient list to the vet we were told the food was a good choice. Not to mention inexpensive. I am a college student so price is really important!

  • Bonnie

    We have a rottie pup. she gets raw food in the morning — about 1-2lbs and Authority grain fee puppy mid day/ evening. She doesnt gobble this up like her raw, but I think it because raw gives her so much ‘ raw nutrition’ with no fillers. Shes growing slow and steady wich is really better for her joints than rapid growth spurts.
    Weve only had runny poo 3x and that happened each time after she had peanuts from a kid (so she cant have peanuts..
    Authority seems to be of good quality and a great price, also my pup really enjoys it with an egg (with shell) over the top

  • peterhoran

    Awesome, I have an OEB too, and just made the switch from Blue to Authority Grain Free (I just got tired of paying so much for a pretty small bag, $57 for 24 pounds) once I realised I Authority made a grain-free as well.

  • massbloggerrrrrr

    Food is of good quality but my dog does not eat it up as fast as TOTW (wetlands formula)

  • Gftf

    Shawnart does not know anatomy she did not go to tje academy

  • Grty

    Shawcfd is a liarvbgliar panis on fire

  • Ferty

    Shawnanyu is a liar liar pants on fir

  • Kelsi from New York

    Patty should be blocked if the rules would be applied and they would not be bias.

  • Ginger

    Give me a break!

  • Mike Sagman

    To ALL involved in this squabble:

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    Unfortunately, your recent remarks compel me to remind you to please adhere to Our Commenting Policy which states:

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  • Joe Bito

    They crazy. They think they’re dog expert.

  • Victor L.

    You see who up-Voted Cindi you can see who down-Voted you. I find those down-votes from these people very annoying&$@

  • Joe Bito

    Its actually people stalking me like u just did now.

  • LabsRawesome

    Stalk people much?

  • Betsy Greer

    Her opinion is based on a great deal of knowledge and experience.

  • Joe Bito

    Patty is great but keep in mind everything she says is her opinion just like the guy who’s doing the review. Whats good for their dog may not be good for yours. Tell Patty I say hi.

  • Cyndi

    We are all lucky to have Patty and the rest of the regulars on this site to help give their advice and opinions about feeding our pets. Patty is one of the most knowledgeable people on here and I have asked her questions and opinions many times.

  • Joe Bito

    I cant wait to taste this food. Hope it taste good like TOTW

  • Joe Bito

    My girl Patty on every review. Lol I think u should start your own review. Anyway i think im gonna try this food when my TOTW is finish. It might be just as good and its cheaper.

  • Pattyvaughn

    You could try to contact the company to make 100% sure, but It would be pretty unusual for them to use peanut butter. Chicken would be a common source for “natural flavor.”

  • jollyholly650

    I see that this product doesn’t list anything peanut butter on the ingredient list but I was wondering about the “natural flavor” and if that might have peanut butter? My dog is allergic and I want to make sure it’s not included in this food.

  • RedDobe

    My Doberman does really well on 4 health grain free! I buy from tractor supply. I tried Authority, once my Dobe was off of puppy food. She always seemed to have loose stool with Authority. And actually had a UTI. I tried a few other brands at @ Petsmart, but because of affordability, I made the switch to 4health and couldn’t be happier! Hope this helps!

  • heavymethod

    Our Mastiff does really well on this food mixed with Simply Nourish 5-6lb bags like Lamb & Oatmeal, Limited Ingredient Sweet Potato & Salmon, Chicken & Brown Rice, etc…

  • Melissa Cee

    I’ve never heard of Pure Balance, I’ll check them out. Thanks!

  • InkedMarie

    Hi Melissa,
    First, affordability is dependent on people. I spend alot of money on dog food so whats affordable to me probably isn’t for you.
    I’m not sure whats cheap for canned food except possibly Pure Balance (Walmart, grainfree & grain inclusive) and Whole Earth Farms.
    I have a dog now who is in the middle of a UTI so I know how you feel. She has no teeth at all so she eats The Honest Kitchen with canned

  • Melissa Cee

    Thanks for responding, InkedMarie. No, the vet has not recommended any supplements, just to be on the Urinary SO. I did purchase Vetri-Science UT Strength chews to help manage things, I’m guessing it’s not working yet because her current infection needs to be under control first. Yes, I’m thinking about purchasing a doggydoor so she can go in and out as she pleases to relieve herself. That is a great idea about the stew. I did try that with the Urinary SO canned with dry, but I’ll try that now with the new dog food. Can you think of an affordable good wet dog food? I wish this website ranked food’s affordability as well.

  • InkedMarie

    The best thing you can do is to make sure your dogs gets plenty of moisture. You can feed a raw diet, dehydrated such as The Honest Kitchen and Grandma Lucy’s and canned. I have a feeling you are looking for more inexpensive foods so choose a good quality canned key to add to the dry, add warm water & it’ll be a stew. It’s very important that your dog have ample opportunity to urinate; it might be worth looking into getting someone to let her out if your SO is gone again. Did your vet recommend cranberry or another urinary supplement?

  • Melissa Cee

    You know, I really wanted to like Authority. Liked that it got 4 stars here, and that it was cheap at Petsmart. She’s been on it for nearly a year now, and the past 6 months has recurring UTI’s, and recently had a $1500 surgery to get 3 bladderstones out. I didn’t change her diet as I didn’t think it was her food, rather lack of being able to go potty. Now that my SO is back, he’s been able to let her out once or twice a day in the afternoon while we’re at work, but she is showing signs again of a UTI, not 1 month after her surgery. Vet put her on Royal Canin Urinary SO. She absolutely HATES that stuff, in any form. So I put her back on Authority and that’s when the UTI started again. I’m suspecting it might be the food, as not all food works for every dog. Looking into picking up Pro Pac, as it’s affordable. I’ll have her on it for awhile and see if there are any improvements. Maybe she’ll fare better on a diet that includes grain? Who knows. We shall see!

  • Anne Ciani

    I highly recommend Authority, right now I have my Olde Enlgish Bulldogge on it and she loves it. I get the grain free for her and she has no issues with her bowel movement and it settles in her stomach very well. On my pup who was 18 and passed away in July, I gave her the Senior formula, I tell ya once she started eating that she was a lively pup again. I won’t get anything but Authority and I asked my vet if it was a good food and he said yes!

  • Alex

    I switched to this dog food. I have had WONDERFUL luck with it. My husky’s stool has not been runny or runny ONCE. ALSO, his teeth were looking a little yellow with that previous food I had him on, but now they are looking whiter again!!? His breath no longer smells bad either. My wolfdog even does good on this food as well. I’m really impressed with the grain free dog food by Authority.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Maybe they see it as being an interruptor for those neurotransmitters, IDK. I’m thinking about THK Preference sometime soon too.

  • losul

    The thing about rosemary and it’s active compounds, is that I almost always see it described as excititory and spasmodic to neurotransmitters, whether in oil, extract or whole form. Of course the oils and extracts are more heavily concentrated.

    Interesting, that it seems there are increasing reports of seizures in dogs lately. I see Honest Kitchen is currently in the process of removing rosemary from all products due to popular demand. I might give preference a try soon.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I don’t know, but I don’t think so. I believe they say the “problem” with rosemary is not the rosemary itself, but rather the petroleum products that they extract it with, so if it is extracted in a nontoxic way, it is supposedly safe. I have no idea about the veracity of the claim.

  • losul

    Interesting that holistic vets treat seizures with rosemary. I’d never heard that before. I wonder if it’s in the specialized field of homeopathic medicine, where they believe that giving tiny, heavily diluted doses of an offending substance can lead to a cure.

  • Pattyvaughn

    When it comes to seizures, they are usually theshhold events. That means that as long as the dogs exposures are below it’s threshhold, they won’t have a seizure. Unfortunately, it’s sometimes very hard to tell what will push a dog over its threshhold. It can be food additives, even things that other dogs tolerate well. It can be any chemical, including normal cleaning products, lawn treatments, air fresheners, scented candles, perfumes, flea and heartworm treatments, the list goes on and on. A dog that has seizure needs to live as close as possible to a natural life. Anything that adds stress, whether phyical or emotional, puts the dog closer to its threshhold. A lot of vets say to avoid foods with rosemary in it for seizure dogs, but holistic vets treat seizures with rosemary. The problem is in how the rosemary is treated, and that’s never on the label. So dealing with a dog with seizures is a lot of trial and error.

  • LMKnSA

    Well, I do thank you very much, Patty Vaughn; because I did not know that chicken & potato were problem foods in a dog food. The dogs love this food, but I will be watching for problems. Thank you.

  • Storm’s Mom

    At the very least, telling clients that chicken/chicken meal is the most likely culprit would help in a lot of cases, I would suspect!! My holistic vet went even further to suggest taking him off of grains and chicken, and to minimize or eliminate potato. And she explained why. Thankfully, she was right.. it was the chicken (he’s had a grain-inclusive food and a couple with potato since, and been fine.. fed chicken once (by mistake) since then..and it was just an awful experience for Storm and I).

  • Pattyvaughn

    When it comes to nutrition, most vets don’t know enough to bother trying to tell their clients anything. They should just automatically refer. And when it comes to allergies and intolerances, what they do know they don’t always(raed rarely) use to educate their clients. They usually just treat sympotoms and leave the cause untouched. That the vet in question pointed to the food as a cause was more than they usually do, but not enough. A lot of owners don’t understand how allergies and intolerances work, so when they are trying to find a new diet for their dog, they have no idea that it is certain ingredients they need to figure out and avoid. Yes, it would be wrong to say the problem is a specific food, when probably at least a quarter of all foods may have the problem ingredient. It would have been better for the vet to have listed particular ingredients to try to avoid, how long to try a new diet before moving on, and when to come back for more help if the food change isn’t working.
    I have a food intolerant dog and I didn’t even bother my vet with it. I started watching what ingredients were in the foods I tried and eliminating commonly problematic foods, like grain, potato, and chicken.

  • LMKnSA

    I am still feeding the Authority Grain Free Adult Chicken and Potato… One of my Chihuahua’s did the cutest thing today… He wasn’t hungry at the time, so he took one little kibble and dug a hole and buried it!!! I have seen dogs bury bones before, but never a one kibble of dog food. This must be pretty tasty food to them. LOL

  • LMKnSA

    You have a very good point. However, I still believe they can’t just assume it is one particular food causing it. But switching and trying other foods is definitely a wise decision to find out what works best for the pet with problems. Perhaps I was a little to harsh on vets, but that comes from some very bad experiences in the past with certain ones.

  • Pklinger

    Watch his weight! A typical Siberian should weigh no more than 60 lbs full grown. Siberians ( well bred ones) range in size from 35-60 lbs and stand 21 – 23.5 inches. My female is 48 lbs and my male was 42 lbs (he was a working sled dog).

  • Pklinger

    Costco’s grain free food “natures Domain” is actually a pretty good food. I fed the salmon and sweet potato formula. The price is good, the dogs loved it, and my golden retriever responded well to it (switched from Natural Balance duck and potato) The only reason I no longer use this food is because It is difficult for me to get to Costco (nearest one to me is 30 minutes away).

  • Pattyvaughn

    There isn’t a test in the world for how sensitive some dogs are to the everyday toxins that we take for granted. In fact there isn’t a test in the world for lots of things, so you can’t blame the vet for not running tests that don’t exist. That is pretty much the definition of epilepy, seizures without a known cause. It’s because there are an unknown number of different things that could be contributing to it, and those unknown things are different for every dog. How would they test for that? The best they can do is give you a list of things to try and see what the dog responds to.

  • LMKnSA

    No, you did not sound awful… You are evidently very concerned about a dog you love very much!!! You have been researching on your own & doing the homework. You, like me, are trying your best to do what is best for your pets!!!

  • LMKnSA

    Personally, I think the vets didn’t know what was causing the seizures, so the last one tried to lay it off on the food!!! I think they need to get busy testing and find out why the doggie is having seizures!!! They need to earn their money and help your pet!!! I wish & pray you find solutions. I had a puppy with seizure problems before, and all the vets could tell me, even after testing, was that it must have been something rare!!! They always have an excuse or something else to blame when they can’t figure something out!!! I call that incompetance!!!

  • LMKnSA

    I just bought this Authority Grain Free Adult Mini Chunk Chicken and Potato dry dog food for my 3 dogs, 2 chihuahuas & 1 chihuahua mix. They usually eat and do not fight. However, when I gave them this food, it must have been extremely good to them because a fight broke out immediately!!! I will now have to be a referee while they are eating!!! They Love It!!! This food has a higher star rating than their previous dog food, and it cost $4 less, plus it had 4 more pounds!!! I think this is an exceptional food, at an exceptional value, and the doggies love it enough to fight over it!!! What more can you ask???

  • Birdie

    Thank you Betsy. I am working towards a better plan. I really want my little dog off of the phenobarb. As mentioned above I really like the Honest Kitchen products, but they are pricy and I am in Grad School – I am trying a few new options, and my local pet stores are graciously assisting me patiently. Thank you for the above choices…I will also look into a Fish version of those.


  • Birdie

    I know that sounded awful! I am in Grad School and my wallet is tight. I did change the food and wanted to of COURSE! But I liked the price – but that caused an ER visit, and now the poor dog is on Phenobarb. I got a new Vet. Now working on new food. I have read that fist oil assists greatly with humans and dogs and seizures. It works to keep a nice path with the neurotransmitters. I am trying Natures Recipe Salmon Potato. I have been in contact with Honest Kitchen and they are amazing and are sending me samples of the Dehydrated foods. Another note: Dogs with seizures seem to do better on wet foods. Worth a try, and thanks for your concern.

  • InkedMarie

    You suspect the food is causing seizures, your vet said to switch but you don’t want to because its cheap?

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Birdie,

    There should be no hesitation on your part here. There is nothing to like about this food, if in fact, it contains something that is causing your dog to have seizures.

    Your vet should do the proper testing to figure out the cause of the seizures and you should get your dog off of this food ASAP.

    A few of my favorite budget friendly foods are NutriSource, Earthborn Holistics and Dr. Tim’s.

  • Birdie

    I like the food and the price, but my dog started having seizures 9 days after feeding him Authority. I have had 2 vet. visits. And the last one told me to take him off this food. I don’t really want to, partly because the price is great! It’s a grain free food I can afford. I am not at a loss. I won’t do Nutro Max, so I am looking into another good food. I saw that Costco has a Salmon Potato food, but read here some folks we not pleased. Any thoughts on this would help Loki and I. Side note, I am looking for an ALL STAGES food as I have 3 dogs 10 months 4 1/2 and 9 years of age. I would like them all on the same food. Thank you.

  • losul

    Thnx Shawna, you too.

    I like your post suggesting she up the protein content with quality proteins to help with weight loss., just didn’t mark it up yet….

    Shawna, hoping you have a great W.E. as well!

  • Shawna

    :) I think we’re actually thinking along the same lines just emphasizing certain aspects of what the other wrote differently..

    I didn’t note it in my comment to you but left a separate post to Alissa suggesting she increase the overall protein in the diet by adding high protein, moderate to lower fat toppers (mainly lower to little fat — like egg whites and lean meats). Which, of course, would decrease the overall fat content in the food as well as carb content while still allowing her to feed a higher amount of coconut oil… :)

    That said, I would still go with the more moderate amounts recommended by Becker etc of 1/4 to 1/2 tsp per 10 pounds of weight. I missed her comment about 1 tsp per 10 pounds and since I try my best not to do math :), I didn’t even stop to consider the percents you posted. That does seem excessive.

    I’m not sure about the resting metabolism.. If anyone finds anything on that, please do post…

    Haven’t seen you post in a bit.. Must be pretty busy? Have a fantastic and relaxing weekend!!!!

  • losul

    Shawna, I’m not disputing that it’s a good thing to substitute some of the fats in the diet for the coconut fat in most cases. It’s why i use it., starting with lean meats and adding other fats to balance. My contention is that too much of a good thing is a bad thing, and I think 20% of daily calorie (or near 50% daily fat) intake from this one plant fat source is a bad thing.

    I have no doubt that it is readily and quickly metabolized into energy, is unlikely to go to storage fat, and might even raise metabolism slightly, if that energy is being utilzed with more activity, but I have doubts that resting metabolism is raised much. In other words more of the other fats may be used as storage fats that might otherwise be used as energy. i don’t think there is any “free” ride here, not many “free” calories.

    I agree that most of todays farmed meats contain too many unhealthy fats, and especially many of the commercial diets especially raw, unless they are grass fed, free ranged, wild game, etc.

    Imo, what I am giving my dog is plenty for him.

    Edit; I haven’t checked, but I would assume the sites giving higher reccomendations are those that are selling the product.

  • Shawna

    Hi Alissa,

    In addition to what the others have said, feed her as much protein as you can. This food at only 29% is pretty low. Newer research has demonstrated that higher protein equals more fat loss while maintaining lean muscle — which as Patty said burns fat even quicker.

    Here’s just one example of the newer research – titled “High-Protein Low-Carbohydrate Diets Enhance Weight Loss in Dogs”

    “Several studies showed the potential benefits of a high-protein, low-carbohydrate diet on reducing body weight in humans (6,7). These diets are also associated with decreases in serum TG as compared to diets high in carbohydrates. The results of the study reported here suggest that these same benefits can also be obtained in dogs fed high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets.

    Despite claims that subjects consuming high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets lose weight with no reduction in calories, recent evidence indicates that the ad libitum consumption of low-carbohydrate diets compared to high-carbohydrate diets is associated with increases in satiety and an overall decrease in total caloric intake”

    You can still feed this food but you can add high protein, moderate to lower fat canned foods. You can also feed lightly cooked egg whites which are high protein but low fat. Tinned sardines packed in water add anti-inflammatory omega 3’s (which will help the joints) as well as protein. Extra lean beef or chicken breasts are additional options. Just make sure to keep unbalanced additions to 20% or less of the diet and adjust the amount of kibble you are feeding accordingly.

    My 29 pound OBESE foster Papillon lost 15 pounds on a HIGH protein, moderate fat and low carb diet WITHOUT exercise — due to her extreme weight the vet thought she could have a heart attack if exercised in the beginning of her weight loss and then winter hit and conditions didn’t allow outdoor exercise after she was physically capable of exercise. She couldn’t even walk half a block at first… :(

  • Shawna

    Hey losul,

    I agree that all fats need to represented in the diet but the medium chained fats in coconut are known to actually burn fat by increasing metabolism. Coconut oil is primarily saturated fat so it could easily replace some of the saturated fat in the diet. Since saturated fats from poorly fed animals are going to carry toxins, it may actually be wise to increase the amount of coconut oil and decrease the amount of saturated fat from meats.?

    “Because coconut oil is made of primarily medium chain (and some short chain) fatty acids, it is broken down immediately for use rather than stored. MCFA aren’t packaged into chylomicrons for circulation through the lymph like long chain fatty acids (LCFA). Instead, they are transported in the portal blood to the liver for conversion into energy. This quick conversion process may prevent weight gain as long as the calories consumed as coconut oil do not exceed the body’s caloric needs. Coconut oil has also been found to speed metabolism and increase energy expenditure and is of great interest for its potential as a weight loss aid.”

  • losul

    Alissa, barring any other health issues besides being overweight, it’s okay for your dogs total caloric intake from fat to be up to 45%. I estimate somewhere in the neighborhood of 2100 total calories per day to be near right for your dog, especially since she needs to lose a bit more weight. But when you give her 3T of coconut oil per day, at 420 calories, that alone is 20% of her total calorie needs- WAY too much for that one type of fat, IMO. You need to leave room for other fats- the various saturated, monounsaturated, polyunsaturated, and the important omega 3’s, etc.

    I like the lowest reccomendations for the coconut oil, or even less, about 1/4 teaspoon/10 lbs of body weight/day or 1T max per day for your dog, about 6-7% of her daily calories coming from this one type of monounsaturated fat.
    My 34 pounder gets 1 teaspoon per day maximum, but probably about half that on average.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I have long suspected that the internet doesn’t like me…
    BTW, it worked for me this time too.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hm. It works for me when I click on the link.

  • Alissa

    Thanks! I will start doing 1-2 Tbs a day. Her coat and skin are definitely loving it!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    It told me the page no longer exists, but I found a number of links.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    This recommends 1/2 tsp. per 10 lbs or 1 tsp. per 20 lbs. as Patty suggested. This is the dosage I usually follow.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’ll see if I can find a link, but it’s 1 tsp per 20 lbs. 1 tsp for a 10 lb dog is a lot!

  • Alissa

    Great, thanks! I looked up recommended dosage of coconut oil…everything I read said 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds. I have been giving her 3Tbs a day. Do you have a link to your recommended dosage? Thanks again for your feedback. :)

  • Pattyvaughn

    She should only get 2 tablespoons of coconut oil a day, but you might want to add some fish oil too, it has some anti-imflamatory properties as well. And I would put her on the lower end of the recommended. As she gets closer to her goal weight you will need to adjust her food til you find the right amount for her, but losing weight too fast isn’t good, so don’t go below the recommended unless you see that she did stop losing weight. And even then I would give it some time with increased exercise to see if the weight lose started again. One thing to keep in mind, as she gets fitter, she will start building muscle again and muscle weighs more than fat, so at some time she could actually appear to be putting weight back on, but really be building muscle, which is good. So if she stops losing, but still keeps looking better and better, it’s actually a good thing.

  • Alissa

    Her max weight is supposed to be 115-120. She was kept in absolutely horrible conditions and has extreme weakness in her hips and back legs. We walk her several times a day, short distances. In the short time we have had her she has been able to walk twice as far as when we began. :) Another reason I went with this grain free instead of the weight management was the chondroitin and glucosamine. She also gets a few tablespoons of coconut oil daily. My concern is that the foster mom at the rescue was only feeding her 3.5 cups daily of the cheap crap (she said whatever they could get donated) to keep her losing weight. Recommended feeding of this grain free is 4 and 3/5 to 5 and 3/4 cups daily, versus 8 cups of the crap. Do you think she will continue to lose weight at recommended dose, or should I lower it some? I have a vet appointment for her next week, just trying not to make her gain any weight back before then.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Do you know how much she is supposed to weigh? If not ask your vet to help you determine a weight to shoot for and feed the amount for that weight. Make sure that as you decrease her weight, you increase her exercise or she will lose muscle mass but keep more fat than you want. Exercise helps her to keep the muscles she has and maybe even add some. Muscle burns more calories than fat so she will have an easier time taking off the rest of the weight.

  • Alissa

    I just rescued a Mastiff that is severely overweight. She is 130 pounds right now, and lost 60 pounds while at the rescue. Any idea how much I should give her a day to keep weight loss going, but sustain her?

  • somebodysme

    Simply Nourish is also a Petsmart brand of food that has a grain free. My dog was scratching on it because she has bad allergies but it is also a really good food and I would definitely feed that too if she wasn’t allergic to the chicken.

  • Pattyvaughn

    No dog food is perfect. Just like people do best with a variety of different foods, so do dogs. Please consider looking for a few different brands that she does well on to rotate between.

  • Chinky Sanchez

    I have a 4 month old Sibe and when I got her she was on Royal Canine which gave her diarrhea. I switched her to Pedigree which probably wasn’t the best thing to do but I needed to get her off that food and onto something that wouldn’t give her the runs till I found something better. I now have her on Authority Grain Free shed only been getting a fourth of it so far as I’m switching her but even just that fourth has her stools perfect. Once fully switched if all goes well and she likes it, she’ll be an Authority dog for life!

  • KarenC

    Thank you. “Give or take” is close enough for me. I HATE the feeding guides on the bag. I’d end up with some dogs emaciated and some obese if I followed them.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The exact number of cups per kg. will vary depending on the kibble size and density however, in general, there will be roughly 8 1/2 C. – 9 C. per kg. So this would mean there’s probably around 380 kcal. per cup (give or take).

  • KarenC

    Got a super coupon on this and thought I’d try it out on the foster dogs, but I can’t seem to find the calories/cup. The side of the bag is 3,300kcal/kg. Help me convert? Or is there a calculator somewhere I’m missing?

  • Sandi

    I add chicken stock.

  • Sandi

    I add chicken stock. My picky dog now eats every last bit.

  • Cindy

    I got the Authority grain free puppy chicken and potato food for my puppy but she doesn’t seem too fond of it. Maybe it doesn’t taste good to her? What can I add to the dry kibble so that she will want to eat it? Thanks.

  • sandy

    Here are some companies who have taken a Pledge to Quality and Origin.

    You might look into Fromm and Nutrisource. They have grain and grain free options. I like Nature’s Logic also. The kibble is real small. Horizon and Acana also are good products. Tractor Supply has a new food made by Ainsworth called 4health Grain Free.

  • LunaLove

    Is this safe dog food? I’ve been searching for some time now I had my dogs on Pedigree (I never realized the garbage I was feeding them) and after almost losing my baby I will never feed them that again!! I have them on Nutro Ultra but I’ve seen some horror stories online and after knowing of a friend who had her dogs on Nutro and all 5 of them would not stop throwing up I am now determined to find yet again another dog food. This is what my co work vet tech feeds hers dogs but I don’t like that its not entirely made in America. I feel at a loss I do not want to feed my dogs anything that has been recalled before either. If it helps I have an Australian Shepherd a Chorkie and Yorkie(the one I almost lost) she seems to have really bad allergies also thats why I’m looking for grain free. If anyone could please help!!! Also thank you for this extremely helpful website.

  • Crooked dogs

    I switched my springer and cocker spaniel to this
    A few months ago. My dogs dry skin is clearing up
    And their ears smell better. My cocker no longer
    Vomits for no reason and has put on a good healthy
    Weight!! Love it and will never switch, but I do wish
    It came in lamb not chicken, but that’s my only complaint.

  • LabsRawesome

    Really? I have never seen 30lb bags of the grain free version of Authority. Not in store, or online.

  • Malakai Attis

    You can order it online at It is the best. Even my cats love it!

  • Malakai Attis

    They have 30 pound bags. If they don’t have them in the store, they will order it for you.

  • Malakai Attis

    I have a 4 month old Sibe on it as well. He’s happy, healthy and growing at a very rapid rate! (22 inch withers and 41 pounds!). He loves it. The cats even love it! This is one of the best foods on the market, for the price!

  • sandy

    A multistrain kefir (I get one with 10 strains at the grocery store) or yogurt or a probiotic supplement (powder or capsule with at least 10 strains as well), or raw green tripe.

  • Bluesmom.

    What could be added to this dog food to aid in digestion since it is mentioned that no probiotics are mentioned (a recommended source) …if necessary.

  • Fern

    I’ve had my 6 month old Siberian Husky on Authority Grain Free from day one and she loves it. I probably spent the better part of a day comparing prices and ingredients online and all over town when i finally decided on Authority. The only thing is i wish they had a bigger variety of flavors, my Husky loves salmon.

  • Ryan

    I love this food. I researched lots of food (on this site) before I got my puppy (now a 6 mo old puggle) and decided on this one because of the quality and price. I originally started with the regular Authority, but switched to Grain Free simply because it was a higher quality (he did great on the regular Authority too, but he seems to enjoy Grain Free more). He has done great on this food! It’s at a reasonable price and keeps him healthy/happy. He has a soft, beautiful coat, his stool has never looked bad, and he’s happy with plenty of energy. I’m sure he’ll be an Authority dog for life, I am completely happy with the purchase and don’t plan on switching

  • ZeusMom

    I just started feeding Authority Grain Free 6 days ago. My dog seems to being doing well on it. He is itching less, his skin is clearing up, and no bowel problems, so far.

  • rain

    My two year old Aussie/Border Collie mix had terrible gas, it made it impossible to sleep in the same room with him. After doing research I concluded that he needed a grain-free diet. After researching those I decided to go with Authority. As soon as he was switched completely over his gas was gone it’s been two months and still no gas! Not to mention he loves this food!

  • Jack Tripper

    i love wheaten terriers! my mom bred one litter of dogs in her life and they were wheatens. she kept one female. sadly, the mom outlived the daughter. glad to hear you found a healthy food your picky wheaten will eat and it’s a great value. i haven’t tried this food myself but i feed my pit a similar food (grain-free, 4 stars) called nature’s domain. its only sold at costco only. it too is an excellent value at just under a buck a pound.

  • LabsRawesome

    Authority grain free is only available in 5lb and 15lb bags. Maybe if it has high sales they will include a larger 30 or 35lb bag?

  • Macgyver

    This is not sold in 34lb bags, make sure its the “Grain Free” sold only in 15 lb bags, the regular Authority is still a good quality dog food, but its rated 3 star, not 4 like the Grain Free formula is!

  • Tac

    My 2 scottie pups eat the puppy grain free version. They do well on it. A friend that works at petsmart recommended it to me as a good product that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

  • guest

    Yeah… I mean, we feed cows other cows to get that double beef flavor, right? LOL

  • Betsy Greer

    I wanted to love Canidae. I thought it was being made by them at their new Ethos plant; and some, but not, all is… but, the rest is still being made by Diamond. : (

  • Jess

    The Canidae Grain free series seems like another good fit for grain free dog owners. Wish I could try this Authority one but this is not sold over here in Australia.

  • Sandy

    I have two wheaten terriers who have food allergies. As they have gotten older they have got worse. My male is the pickiest eater I have ever seen. He will go days without eating if he does no
    t like it. The only food I could get him to eat was Pedigree. After a couple of years I just gave up and gave them Pedigree. This year I noticed that my female’s allergies started to get severe. She was chewing herself raw. So, I started researching grain free dog food. It is quite expensive. I found this review for Authority and decided to give it a try. Well, I couldn’t believe how much my male liked it. I mix their kibble with canned food, so, I bought the Authority can food as well.However, I would like to note that he will eat the kibble without the canned food mixed into it. That in itself is a miracle. It has been about two weeks and my dogs have stopped chewing themselves to death. I would highly recommend the Authority brand. The best part is, it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. So, if anyone has any doubts about it, take if from me, give a try. You might be as surprised as I was.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Please tell me this is a joke.

  • Acchestnut

    Don’t chickens eat corn?  How can something contain chicken and claim to be grain free?

  • Guest

    Thank You all :)

  • Mike Sagman

    Dear Guest,

    The only way our software can send you to PetFlow is if you click on a link that is cearly marked “online retailer” or “shop online”.

    To find a local retailer, you need to visit one of our “Dog Food Store Locator” links.

    By the way, many dog foods are sold only at specific retailers.

    Hope this helps.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Check out the thread for the regular Authority – I believe several people have commented on the grain-free food there.

  • Guest

    Been wanting to try this food.  I live rural so I can not just drive to store.  I find it ironic no matter what food I look at and click find online retailer, it always goes to petflow.  They do not even carry this food nor a couple others I have looked at.  Would appreciate to hear comments from those who have fed authority grain free or any of the formulas.  Thank You!