Authority canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4 stars.
The Authority product line includes the 17 canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Authority Adult Beef and Rice Cuts in Gravy||4||U|
|Authority Adult Chicken and Rice Cuts in Gravy||4||U|
|Authority Adult Beef and Rice Ground||4||U|
|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||3.5||U|
|Authority Adult Beef and Vegetable Ground Grain Free||4||U|
|Authority Adult Chicken and Carrot Ground Grain Free||4||U|
|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||U|
|Authority Weight Management Adult Chicken Ground||4.5||M|
|Authority Digestive Support Bland Diet Adult Chicken and Rice||4||U|
|Authority Skin, Coat + Digestive Health Adult Fish and Potato Grain Free||4||M|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Authority Adult Chicken and Rice Cuts in Gravy 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 Chicken and Rice Cuts in Gravy
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, rice, potato starch, wheat gluten, dried egg product, natural flavor, corn starch, guar gum, salt, dried plain beet pulp, sodium phosphate, canola oil, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 10%
Red denotes controversial item
|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 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 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, 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 corn starch, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.
Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.
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 4 notable exceptions…
First, 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.
Next, we note the use of 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 that 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.
In addition, this recipe contains 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.
And lastly, with the exception of copper, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Based on its ingredients alone, Authority canned dog food looks like an average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.
Which means this Authority product line contains…
Near-average protein. Below-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, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Our Rating of Authority Canned Dog Food
Authority lists both grain-inclusive and grain-free canned dog foods using a moderate amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Those looking for a comparable kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Authority dry dog food.
Has Authority Brand Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Authority.
No recalls noted
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More Authority Brand Reviews
The following Authority dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Authority Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Authority Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Authority Tender Blends Dog Food Review (Dry)
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08/10/2021 Last Update