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Authority Dog Food Review (Canned)

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Authority Beef and Vegetable Wet Dog Food

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Which Authority Wet Recipes Get Our Best Ratings?

Authority wet dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4.5 stars.

The Authority product line includes the 23 wet dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Authority Adult Beef and Rice Cuts in Gravy 4 M
Authority Adult Chicken and Rice Cuts in Gravy 4 M
Authority Adult Beef and Rice Ground 4 M
Authority Adult Chicken and Rice Ground 3.5 M
Authority Adult Lamb and Rice Ground 3 M
Authority Adult Turkey and Rice Ground 4 M
Authority Mature Chicken and Rice Ground 3 M
Authority Mature Lamb and Rice Ground 3 M
Authority Mature Chicken and Vegetable Ground Grain Free 4 M
Authority Adult Beef and Vegetable Ground Grain Free 4.5 M
Authority Adult Chicken and Carrot Ground Grain Free 4.5 M
Authority Puppy Chicken and Rice Ground 4.5 U
Authority Puppy Lamb and Rice Ground 4 U
Authority Puppy Chicken and Carrot Ground Grain Free 4.5 G
Authority Weight Management Adult Chicken Ground 4.5 M
Authority Adult Digestive Support Bland Diet Chicken and Rice Shredded 4 U
Authority Adult Sensitive Stomach and Skin Fish and Potato Ground 4 M
Authority Sensitive Stomach and Skin Adult Lamb Formula in Broth Shredded 5 U
Authority Gut Health Adult Chicken Formula with Pumpkin in Broth Shredded 5 U
Authority Adult Healthy Weight Chicken and Green Bean in Broth Shredded 5 U
Authority Hip and Joint Support Adult Chicken Formula in Broth Shredded 5 U
Authority All Life Stages Digestive Support Chicken and Pumpkin in Gravy Layers in Cups 5 A
Authority All Life Stages Digestive Support Fish and Pumpkin in Gravy Layers in Cups 4.5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Authority Adult Beef and Vegetable Ground Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Authority Adult Beef and Vegetable Ground Grain Free

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

40.9%

Protein

27.3%

Fat

23.8%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Beef broth, beef, chicken, chicken liver, green beans, carrots, dried egg product, dried plain beet pulp, potatoes, ground chickpeas, ground flaxseed, sunflower oil, fish oil, potassium chloride, pumpkin, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, cobalt proteinate, potassium iodide), salt, cranberries, quinoa seed, blueberries, xanthan gum, cassia gum, choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), inulin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 9% 6% NA
Dry Matter Basis 41% 27% 24%
Calorie Weighted Basis 31% 51% 18%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

The third ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2

Both beef and chicken are naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

The sixth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

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.

The eighth ingredient is 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.

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 Authority product.

With 6 notable exceptions

First, we find chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, beans and lentils, chickpeas are a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we find flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also 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.

In addition, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

We also find quinoa in this food. Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is not a true cereal grain but a plant prized for its gluten-free seeds.

Compared to most other grain-type ingredients, it is high in protein (about 12-18%), dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.

Next, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

And lastly, this recipe includes sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Authority wet dog food looks like an above-average moist product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

Which means this Authority product line contains…

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, flaxseed and quinoa, this still looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a notable amount of meat.

Our Rating of Authority Wet Dog Food

Authority lists both grain-inclusive and grain-free wet dog foods using a notable amount of named meats and egg as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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.

Those looking for a comparable kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Authority dry dog food.

Authority Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Authority through July.

No recalls noted

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

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Sources

1, 2: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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