Authority Grain Free Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

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

The Authority Grain Free product line includes four dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Authority Grain Free Adult [U]
  • Authority Grain Free Puppy (4.5 stars) [U]
  • Authority Grain Free Adult Small Breed [U]
  • Authority Grain Free Adult Large Breed [U]

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

Authority Grain Free Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

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

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

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%16%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%33%42%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 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 is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient includes 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 is 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 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.

The seventh ingredient is dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can have a slight affect on our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

After the natural flavor, we find 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.

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 four notable exceptions

First, we note the inclusion of sodium hexametaphosphate, a man-made industrial polymer with no known nutritive value.

HMP is used in making soap, detergents, water treatment, metal finishing and most likely here to decrease tartar build-up on the teeth.

Although some might disagree, we’re of the opinion that food is not the place for tartar control chemicals or any other non-nutritive substances.

Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

In addition, we find vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

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 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

12/16/2016 Last Update

  • Susan

    Hi Kimberly,
    she/he is BEAUTIFUL. what was wrong with her skin was it mange??

  • Kimberly Brynn Wright
  • Kimberly Brynn Wright

    She is a pit bull

  • Kimberly Brynn Wright
  • haleycookie

    Did someone butt hurt you today? Please grow up and stop commenting rude insults about a sick dog please.

  • Tundra

    Good God learn how to write.

  • Tundra

    Trashy people with trashy dogs.

  • Tundra

    Nasty breed/mutt.

  • theBCnut

    Just so you know, one type of mange is contagious to humans, so it’s not something you want to leave unchecked.

  • Susan

    Hi, how’s your pup doing, have you taken the pup to a vet? it will only get worse with out vet care, he needs cream, special shampoo & probably an antibiotic & a healthy diet to build his immune system & make it strong.. I live Australia, are you in America?? someone in America may know a vet in your area that does cheaper rates or there’s rescue groups that can help your dog, in Australia we have help for dogs/cats that need urgent vet care & the owners pay the vet off in instalments or some charities will pay the vet bill…

  • Pitlove

    Get this dog to a vet….

  • Susan

    NEEDS vet ASAP, looks like the start of MANGE needs special shampoo & medications, poor pup white dogs are more prone to skin problems…

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    If finances are an issue, call your local animal control officer, the non-emergency police # can usually page him (in most towns) for an emergency.
    He should be able to instruct you as how to proceed to get care for a dog in need of medical attention.

  • disqus_SBl7sCuYS7

    Don’t know if this is a scam or what?
    But I would take that dog to the nearest emergency veterinary clinic asap, assuming it was a current pic and the dog was in my possession.
    Otherwise, advise whoever has the dog to take it to the nearest veterinarian immediately.
    I don’t understand why you are looking for help online? But, I wish you and your pet the best of luck.

  • Kimberly Brynn Wright
  • Kimberly Brynn Wright
  • Kimberly Brynn Wright

    [email protected] will you please email me I have a video it won’t let me upload on here.

  • Susan

    Hi, what is wrong??

  • Kimberly Brynn Wright

    I need help ASAP please anyone

  • Esbe

    I just bought a large bag of Authority Grain Free for my 3 dogs. All weigh less than 30 lbs. After a little over a week, the youngest, 8 months, did not want to eat it at all, and only ate it because there was nothing else available. The other two dogs ate it but began scratching themselves like they had fleas, which they do not have. The only thing which had changed in their environment was the dog food. There must be an ingredient in this food which causes severe itching, and I’m switching back to Purina Beyond Grain Free, which they had been on previously and had caused no problems with eating or itching.

  • Dayna

    When switching my Golden to Authority Grain Free food she seemed ok with it at first. By the time I got her to less than 1/2 of her old dog food mixed with this she refused to eat. She does not like it. She picked out the food she likes and left the Authority in the bowl. She also developed a rapid growing cyst on her tail that we ended up having removed. I don’t know if it was from the food. She’s a smart girl. I’m sure she was letting me know this is bad stuff.

  • Allison Renee Peterson

    Long review
    I had my Great Dane an Sharpei on 4 health grain free befor changing over to this food. The Dane was having horrible lose stool with the other food an could not keep his weight up. He also started to vomit frequently an that was enough. The Sharpei is highly reactive to grain(everything really) I noticed some of the time the food wouldn’t look right an her allergies would fare up causeing one sick pup.

    So in switching to Authority Grain free they both went through a horrible 2 week period of stomach upset but after that neither have had a problem. Both also went through a complete shed an that was horrible but my Sharpei feels like silk an that’s crazy. She also no longer gets yeast build up in her ears or itchy skin. This food has given me two new dogs. I would recommend anyone try it an see if it works for them.

  • ShepAussie

    Try the formulas by the brand I And Love And You. I believe they are all grain free.

  • Dawn-Dennis Ronski

    I’m sure. We gave them all some Benadryl and we’ll just have to switch foods. I so hoped this would be what we were looking for, wholesome grain free ingredients, so disappointed. My parents give it to their dog with no problem, just not meant for all dogs I guess.

  • ShepAussie

    What are you going to do about this? Are you sure nothing else caused their hives?

  • Dawn-Dennis Ronski

    We just started giving our dogs the Authority Grain Free Adult, Puppy and Small Breed formulas and 3 of 4 of the puppies developed hives, one very severely. They’ve only been eating it for a week now and that’s the only thing they’ve had in their diet or surroundings that is different.

  • Andrew Oliver

    I had my border collie on several different foods, but i couldn’t find anything to prevent his horrible gas. I tried the regular Authority and it seemed to help, i went out on a limb and tried the grain free version the next time, worked like a charm. His coat is very healthy and stools are solid. He is an active agility dog and this works great for us, plus it’s not as expensive as blue buffalo, and no more gas!

  • Valerie Lopez

    I had my husky pup on Authority Grain Free puppy formula and at first it seemed fine. Within a few days his stool became loose. Thought he had just eaten something off the floor, but I kept a close eye on him and he didn’t eat anything other than his food. I ended up switching him to Wellness Core puppy formula and the problem stopped almost immediately! Im keeping him on Wellness Core from now on.

  • LabsRawesome

    It’s also used in water treatment. And human foods too. Nice.

  • Sean

    Possible Health Effects of sodium hexametaphosphate:

    This additive contains phosphorus which is an essential nutrient, but when consumed without the balance of other minerals, may affect kidneys, heart and bones. In animal studies, the following effects were reported: pale and swollen kidneys, increased kidney weights, bone decalcification, muscle fiber size changes, hyperplasia and severe skin irritations.

    seems like a pretty terrible ingredient for dog food…

  • Crazy4cats

    It’s so frustrating when you don’t know the cause! I had that happen recently with one of my cats. As far as the Royal canin goes, it might not be rated very high on this site, but it sounds like it is rated 5 star for your dog right now.
    I wonder if the food was stored improperly by the warehouse or store. It’s been so darn hot here already this summer, I’ve been storing my extra bag of kibble in the fridge.
    I hope you can find a food that is less expensive to transition to that works well for your dog. What were you feeding before the Authority?

  • Heather Riding

    All the stool samples came back clear for bacteria and everything else they tested for. He is presently on the Vet provided food which is the Royal Canin, it doesn’t thrill me as it is expensive and not rated here as a very good quality. I have spent the morning trying to find a food choice that we may switch him to. Unfortunately being in Canada, I am finding it difficult to find something that may fit the bill (both cost and health wise)

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Heather-
    I’m sorry for the stress you and your dog has gone through. I’m curious, though, did the stool samples ever show up with a cause for the diarrhea? What food are you feeding now? Glad to hear he is getting back to normal.

  • Heather Riding

    I too don’t normally post on sites but this one warranted a post. We have a 10 month old Great Dane/Great Pyrenees mix who we have been feeding Authority Large Breed Puppy for the 5 months that we have had him. At the beginning of June we started to have problems, his stool started to get looser and looser over the course of 3 days. To the point of projectile movements across the yard. At least a 5 foot distance. After a visit to our vet, several stool samples and an emergency change in food to sort out the problems. We discovered that although made in the states Authority “May buy its ingredients from another location” as per a suggested statement from our vet. It has been a month now and $800 later in vet bills and MacLeod is now putting on the weight he lost and is almost back to being the pup he was before all this.

    I am posting this as we walked through all the other possibilities of what he may have eaten to cause this problem. As I am home with the pup and he is rarely out of my sight, and in a crate when I’m not home the deduction process was very quick, It was the food he was eating.

    When I returned the 3/4 of a bag of food back to the pet store and made the management aware of why I was returning it. They also stated after checking the returns log on this brand that there were several returns (could be 3 or more not verifiable) over the last month with the same comment/issue for the return.

  • Jessie Jean

    I couldn’t agree more! I have no doubt that Authority is a great quality food! Dog food advisor did give them a great rating, I just wanted to share my experience in case anyone was wondering what was wrong with their best furry friend! It looks like Murphy had a problem with the beet pulp. Again, I’m sure this is fine for most dogs but obviously Murphy had a bad reaction to it!

  • Jessie Jean

    Thank you so much for pointing that out. His new food contains flaxseed meal but it does not contain beet pulp! So that may very well be the culprit! I hope your guy feels better. Who knew dogs could be so incredibly sensitive?! Best of luck!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Looks like the ingredients that the Authority has that TOTW doesn’t are flaxseed meal and dried beet pulp. I’ve heard of dogs reacting to both of those. I’d suggest avoiding a food with either one in the future, but if you want to find out specifically which one he’s reacting to, you could try a food that has one but not the other and see if he reacts.

    Incidentally, I just discovered a couple weeks ago that my guy reacts to turkey now, in addition to chicken. He used to be fine with turkey, but not anymore. Unfortunately, I realized what was going on about 1/2 way through a big bag of turkey-based kibble 🙁 Thankfully, he can switch “cold turkey” between any two foods, so I switched him over to a food without turkey, and he’s fine.

  • DogFoodie

    Did you compare the ingredients of the old formulas to the new formula? You should also compare the ingredients of the formula you were feeding to the food you’re now feeding to see if you’re able to figure out what the offending ingredient/s might be.

    I have a dog with food intolerance issues, when he reacts to something he eats it says nothing about the quality of the food, but the ingredients it contains.

  • Jessie Jean

    I just wanted to update this post: It has been exactly a week since I changed Murphy’s diet and his skin problems have cleared up COMPLETELY. Also, it has been a whopping two weeks since he had his last bath and he is not smelling great! Yayyy!! My veterinarian said it HAD to be a reaction to this dog food. Again, this food may not react badly with everyone’s dog, but it definitely did with my Murphy!

  • Jessie Jean

    Mike Sagman, Thank you so much for all the work you do! You have made my life so much easier and stress-free!

    I normally wouldn’t write a comment on a thread like this, but I just thought people should hear what happened to my dog while he was eating Authority Grain Free. Murphy is a Jindo mix, about 5 years old. I loved this brand because the large breed formula contains natural sources of glucosamine, and Murphy has always had joint issues. We’ve used it for over a year. A few months ago, I noticed the packaging changed. I really didn’t think much of it. (Lesson learned!) Over the last few months, my dog has developed terrible skin issues that he has never had before. His skin became very dry and flaky- so I changed his shampoo thinking it was drying him out. Changing the shampoo didn’t help! Next, he developed a few strange scabs in the areas where his skin was so dry. He had become EXTREMELY itchy as well. I took him to the vet, and the vet said he was very healthy and it looked like an allergic reaction to something. Throughout this period of time, Murphy developed a terrible odor too. This is strange for a Jindo, because they are one of the cleanest dog breeds around! And he has NEVER had odor issues! In general, I have noticed he has had less energy, dry & itchy skin, and the odor problem. Then I came to the trusty dog food advisor website and read the comments. I have noticed that several people have had similar issues with this brand after the repackaging. I am so grateful that this website has given us the resources to find out what was going on with my favorite guy, Murphy! I think that the new formula has something in it that DEFINITELY doesn’t agree with my dog. I am not sure that this would be the case with EVERY dog, but please be cautious and look for these symptoms when using this food! Murphy was SO uncomfortable. I recently switched to Taste of the Wild- Wetlands formula thanks to this website! It is only about $5 more and it has a 5 star rating. Hope this helps my fellow dog lovers! Keep up the great work Mike Sagman!

  • christine

    Authority is a petsmart brand and all petsmart food treats etc is made in america. We just switched from purina and acquired from the cadhier if she recommends authority, she informed us about it and to always check where its made because other countries have lower regulations if any at all and assured us all petsmart brands are strictly made in america

  • jonlizzard

    Give your dogs a little fresh pet ckn or beef roll type along with the dry, it is very healthy for them, my brother is a vet, and giving them some healthy soft is good for them he says. He gives two thumbs up on the Authority brand of food, and many of his patients dogs us it, all varieties and he says he has never seen an issue, but again he says price of the food for sure does not make it better. Keep fresh water in their bowls, and of it is outside water, keep it clear, not any green in the bowl, keep dogs away from the cat dry food also, will sometimes make them sick.

  • jonlizzard

    We have been using the grain free formula for years, no issues, 6 dogs, my parents use it, no issues ever, 3 dogs, my friends out in the country 5 dogs, as all of us no issues, things happen, just sayin

  • nicole

    Does anyone know if this food is made with all American made ingredients? I tried to find out from the store and never got a definitive answer. I do not want to feed my dog anything tha could have any chinese products in them. Is there a website where one can confirm where the ingredients are from? Thank you.

  • candicerm

    My dog also got sick on the new packaged food. By the 2nd feeding he was vomiting and pooping dark brown/bloody liquid. The vet diagnosed him with hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. Over a month later his stomach is still not quite right. We’ve switched food but he’s still sort of ill. Took him back to the vet today.

    I wish I had my bag too so I could have complained to the company! We always empty the bag in our plastic container but I will not do that anymore. I KNOW this food is what made my dog sick.

  • Rosa

    My dog has been on Authority for a few years. In early December I bought a bag of newly repackaged food. Nothing else has changed in her diet, exercise, habits. She has gained 6-lbs and she smells strong. Took her to the vet to get a full panel done, very expensive, and she is 100% healthy, Vet says has to be the food.

  • Gabyymary_trueno

    Our dog was with Authority grain free but they changed the package and the recipe. I notice that the new formula make him loss too much hair and loss of appetite. I switched with diamond extreme athlete and no more problem until now.

  • Mari

    This formula is amazing! I went from feeding Costco’s Natures Domain Salmon and Sweet Potato (which caused my dog to have an allergic reaction where his paws and ears went red hot and itchy for about three weeks) but the moment I feed him this, the redness and itchiness from his paws and ears disappeared! I did not know what was causing the allergies (he usually does well on fish based foods…) so when I walked into PetSmart, I’m recommended this food. I was hesitant at first, due to where the food was, in terms of ranks within the store…but we went for it and he loves it. I have a Husky/Doberman mix, he’s naturally itchy and suffers from dry skin (dandruff) but all his symptoms have gone away as soon as I began feeding him this about half a month ago. Works wonders!! The price isnt outrageous, and the food actually smells good and my dog (finally) gets excited when I fill his bowl up (he’s really picky!)

  • KP

    I would love to see any literature on the enzyme issue you mentioned. Any citations I can look into?

  • Susan

    Sound like she has yeasty skin, she needs a low carb diet, no potaotes, no peas, no starchy foods…also a good dog probiotic for her stomach, my boy had the fermented yeasty bad breath, vet put him on Metronidazole an antiboiltic for the stomach/bowel after 1 week on the Metronidazole the bad breath was gone, then I started him on a good dog probiotic daily,…maybe feed a wet foods instead of kibbles.

  • zerosuitsamus

    The same thing happened to us with the repackaging, but our dachshund didnt get sick. Instead she real bad. Corn chip bad breath bad can smell it as soon as you approach her. We have been looking for something she wont “sweat out” like that

  • Dori

    Drat!! I was hoping I was just doing something wrong. Everything I’ve read about it leads me to believe that Hannah should definitely be on it but I guess it’s not for her. Thanks though anyway.

  • LabsRawesome

    Aw, yeah I’ve heard some dogs can’t tolerate Tumeric. If it gives her diarrhea, even in small doses, you should probably just skip it. My 3 take it with no problems.

  • Dori

    I have to admit Labs that I haven’t been doing it regularly because every time I do she gets wicked diarrhea. I’m not sure if it’s the turmeric or the amount I’m giving her. I’ve played around with the dosing but it she keeps happening. I’ve been opening the capsule and then pouring some into a measuring spoon. What do you think? Any ideas?

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Dori, are you also supplementing your dog with Tumeric? Here’s some info on Tumeric.

  • theBCnut

    Ah, I see. No, I wouldn’t expect that intracellular enzymes would help with digestion. I didn’t see the conversation heading that way, so I totally lost that point.
    I don’t think the naturally occurring enzymes in plants do more than what they do to a plant naturally. That is their function. But the study I read was on plant based enzyme supplements(some specific enzymes) vs. aniaml based enzyme supplements(again specific ones) and they measured what made it to the stool. I can’t remember all the specifics, but they were reporting what percentage of the plant enzymes survived the stomach vs what percentage of animal enzymes survived. The plant ones did fairly well.
    I don’t believe the Mercola enzymes would do enough for a case like EPI, at least not the ones I’ve seen.
    I agree, the bromelian studies are looking very interesting. I’ve heard, but haven’t found yet, that there are some interesting studies on papain too. One was supposed to be on festering wound treatment.

  • Dori

    Thanks aimee. I read the article on bromelian which is very promising. The article has led to me a few others and to start doing more research on bromelian as it pertains to inflammation as well as sinusitis. Some articles also said it may also help with allergies, tumors (as it is believed it can be used as an anti-inflammatory. They are always doing research as to it’s use in cancer. I’m going to start researching if pineapples (which my dogs eat every day as a treat) would be considered enough bromelain for the issues I’m dealing with Hannah also whether I should be giving her more than I have been. Though I do need to figure out how much would be too much or border line too much as they mention that too much may cause diarrhea and blood thinning. Once again aimee, thank you for this info.

  • aimee

    Hi BCnut,

    My comment was in reference to intracellular enzymes present in animal tissue They don’t contribute to digestion.

    Enough enzymes from raw pancreas will survive the stomach to make it a viable treatment for EPI. I’d think that there is loss of enzymes with both fresh and dehydrated pancreas ( pancreazyme, viokase)

    In this study in people only 22% of trypsin and 8% of lipase “made it through”

    I don’t see that the naturally occurring enyzmes in most plants as eaten are present in sufficient concentration to have any effect on digestion.

    Based on my reading the concern with most plant based enzyme supplements for digestion is the concentration of the products vs surviving the passage of the stomach.

    In EPI dogs, plant based enzymes are rarely effective to treat the condition, pancreas needs to be fed.

    When I looked at Mercola’s animal based enzymes supplement and compared it to what a dog with EPI would need the concentration was abysmally small. How could supplementing a fraction of a percent even have any value?

    I’ve yet to see any company/website that promotes enzyme supplementation come through with any data to support their claims. Why is that??

    I am intrigued though by the studies published on bromelian not for digestion but for anti inflammation.

  • aimee

    In regards to using enzymes for Hannah for digestion I can’t really comment. Could specific enzymes have other benefit besides digestion?

    There is some interesting research that has been done with bromelain in regards to anti inflammatory and antimetastatic properties.

  • theBCnut

    Yes, they do aid in digestion, but they don’t do some of the things digestive enzymes do, and in other areas they do so much more. Probiotics feed on all those foods that we and our dogs eat and if a dog has a healthy gut, it should have a large and diverse population of probiotics. However, in dogs that are only fed one food long term, I don’t believe most of them have that advantage. I believe that’s why dogs that are fed one food long term get digestive upset when they switch foods, but dogs that are fed a rotational diet, don’t. It’s those single food dogs and ones with specific health issues that may need digestive enzymes, at least until the probiotics have had a chance to recolonize and adjust to a new diet.

  • Dori

    Thanks Aimee. Common sense was telling me that but as I continued reading this great discussion on enzymes that I had never bothered to research due to my feeding my girls raw I wondered about Hannah. So what I’m understanding from your reply to me I don’t have to feed enzymes to Hannah just because she is immune deficient, i.e. age, multiple cancers? Again, as always, thank you aimee. I had continued to feed Hannah exactly as I have for the last few years and wasn’t sure if maybe I was missing something.

  • Sean

    Probiotics literally do what you’re asking of the additional enzymes, help aid in digestion.

  • theBCnut

    Hmm, sorry I don’t save the hundreds of links I go to every day, but I read over and over again that plant based enzymes have no difficulty surviving stomach acid and can and do contribute to food digestion. I completely agree that normal dogs have no need for added enzymes though. I did find a range of common digestive issue that they were recommending adding enzymes for, either short or long term, depending on the issue. I wasn’t so sure, from what I read, that the enzymes in raw pancreas would survive the stomach, though I do know that raw feeders with EPI dogs report that it works for them. The articles I read seemed to be of the opinion that animal based enzymes needed buffering to be of use. This is really becoming very interesting.

  • aimee

    Hi Dori,

    I don’t find that adding enzymes is ever necessary for normal dogs. The cellular enzymes present in food function in a very narrow pH range and can not contribute to any degree in the digestion of food. The exception to this would be raw pancreas.

  • theBCnut

    They could be completely accurate for all I know, but…I don’t know. FWIW, I saw another article about the same expert that Mercola’s article quoted, they said much the same thing, but they also didn’t cite studies for everything, just a few things, so I believe that some of it is still the theories that the experts are working on and may, or may not, prove correct.

    I’m glad she is getting back to normal digestively speaking. How about the rest of it?

  • theBCnut

    A ton of info, much of it anecdotal

  • theBCnut

    I found this study that seems to show that there is some feedback to the pancreas when enzymes for protein digestion are present.
    Nothing about “dependency” or my other questions, but it partially answers something I was wondering.

  • Dori

    Thanks BC. I have always wondered about the complete accuracy of some of Mercola’s endorsement of supplements when they are the ones selling them. I do use their vitamin E as it’s the only one I’ve been able to find without soy. I have it on auto ship.

  • theBCnut

    Thanks for initiating a very interesting search for more info.

  • theBCnut

    Here’s a link to a short article I really liked.

  • theBCnut

    From what I have read, if her stool is the typical raw fed stool, then she is getting/producing plenty of enzymes for digestion. However, I did read an article about promising research in feeding enzymes to help with some cancers. They feed them on an empty stomach and they are supposed to be absorbed and fight some cancers. It was a Mercola article, and they are some science, some supposition, and a whole lot of here’s why you should only buy our product, so I can’t say how reliable they are.

  • Dori

    Thanks so much BC. This conversation has been very interesting. Some of which seemed to be common sense but then again it’s not an issue that I’ve ever studied or even read up on. This conversation started by Sean has been very informative. I’m now going to read more on this subject. Since I felt it didn’t relate to my dogs I never took an interest, now I’m very interested. From all of your, aimee and Sean’s post I do have a question for the three of you. You and Aimee know that I have a 15 year old Maltese with a tumor in her bladder and a mass on the lobe of her right lung and she has been diagnosed with hypothyroidism for many years. I’ve repeated that info for Sean’s sake because he wouldn’t know that information. So my question is, even though Hannah eats a raw diet, because of her age and medical issues, should I be adding digestive enzymes to her diet? Would any of her medical issues put her in the category of needing enzyme supplementation? Thanks BC and Aimee. Sean, thank you for starting this conversation to begin with. It has been most enlightening.

  • Dori

    Thank you aimee for your help in this matter. As I’ve mentioned my girls are all on raw diets but as the subject came up I became curious on the subject as many posters subscribe to the idea of adding enzymes to canines meals. I didn’t really feel that it was necessary and was concerned that possibly somewhere read it on a post and just continued what I refer to as “the telephone game” of old.

  • theBCnut

    Several of the articles I’ve read suggested that you have a set amount of enzymes that your body can produce and when it’s done, you’re done. They had no studies to back it up, so take with a grain of salt, but their point was that eating nonprocessed foods because, among other reasons, they are rich in enzymes is better for your health. They believe that eating all processed foods depletes your enzymes, and that that is one reason many people have such marked decrease in enzyme production as they are. How true this is, I have no idea, it sounds as least partially of quackery to me, but we are “supposed” to be feeding our dogs a completely dead processed diet, which would argue for the possibility of needing to supplement enzymes, especially in older animals. But as I said, no studies to back it up.

  • DogFoodie

    I agree with Sean. It’s definitely worth the effort to compare the old ingredients to the new. You have the perfect opportunity to isolate a problem ingredient, without doing so, you may unwittingly end up feeding it to your dog again in the future.

  • theBCnut

    So far what I have found is quite a number of things that would cause enzyme deficiency, like IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, stress, basically anything that can give you loose stools. Oh, and foods that enzyme inhibitors and age. In humans, by the time you are 50, you are producing about half the enzymes you were producing when you were younger, according to what I read. Most enzyme issues are related to the lining of the gut, which is the brush border that aimee mentioned, which has to do with uptake/absorption, I would think, yet adding extra enzymes in these cases is known to help, so I’m still puzzling that out.
    And from everything I have read so far, suggesting digestive enzymes while dogs are having digestive problems, and gas issues, is exactly the right thing to do. And dogs with chronic intestinal problems may benefit as well.

  • Amy

    Not having a hard time, I’m just trying to help people as well.

  • Sean

    I was just posting my opinion as well, seeing as how my dog transitioned from the old formula to the new formula. It’s almost like it was directly relevant to your situation. It’s funny how hard of a time people get when just trying to help other people on here.

  • theBCnut

    Thanks. It’s been a long time since I’ve read much on all this. I think I’m going to have to brush up on it and remind myself about what I’ve forgotten, so when I add new info, I know what to do with it. Yikes!

  • Amy

    I am just posting what I have experienced with my dog since Authority changed the ingredients in their food. I am not on here to get into a battle with anyone, just stating my opinion. Seems like you have some connection to Authority, as you comment on every negative review. Some dogs may be fine on it, however my dog was not.

  • Sean

    That can also be easily found on their website.

  • Amy

    Sean, you are comparing the ingredients in the puppy food, my dog was on adult food, not puppy.

  • Amy

    Hi Susan, Unfortunately I do not have the bags to compare the ingredients. I can say this though, my dog has been off of the Authority food for almost a week and has not thrown up one single time. I definitely believe that it was the food that made him so sick.

  • aimee

    I haven’t come across a long term study in dogs only short term that didn’t show adaptation. This doesn’t R/O long term changes though which If I recall was documented in rats??? It has been awhile since i read that literature so I’m not sure.

    When I think of enzyme adaptation I think more along the lines of what is happening at the brush border level in the intestine.

  • theBCnut

    Maybe you can help me. I don’t recall ever reading anywhere if when a dog(or person) eats, their pancreas just floods the system with enzymes, or if the body adjusts enzyme secretion according to what was eaten. I have read an article where someone was supposing that, in dogs fed the same meal day in and day out, that enzyme production catered to that meal and the ability to adjust needed to “recover.” They were supposing that this was one factor with dogs that have a hard time transitioning to new foods. It was by no means a scientific article, but it did seem to parallel some things I’ve seen in difficult to transition dogs, so I’m hoping to find something that better explains what is actually going on. That’s more along the lines of the type of info I would really like to find.

  • theBCnut

    Hi Dori,
    Aimee’s article is one I’ve read before and from my experience and education, it is what I know to be true. A healthy dog with no digestive problems doesn’t need enzymes added to it’s food. Added enzymes certainly help pancreatitis dogs. None of this speaks to dependency or having to take more and more and more enzymes, which EPI dogs don’t have to do. A certain amount of food needs a certain amount of enzymes, whether they are produced from the dog or gotten elsewhere. I’ve seen a number of dogs that I believe benefitted from added digestive enzymes while they were transitioning to new foods, but that wasn’t by any means scientific.

  • theBCnut

    But we don’t all produce the same enzymes in the same amount or even from all the same places in the body.

  • theBCnut

    Thanks aimee! I’m saying that a lot just lately. I’ll look that over and see if it has what I’m looking for.

  • aimee

    Hi Dori,

    The pancreas has great reserve capable of producing enzymes far in excess of need.

    You can find some info here including a reference to canines. I haven’t read the reference yet to know if that is what you are looking for.

  • Sean

    It’s just biology, we’re all mammals.

  • Sean

    Boston Terrier. We rotate between authority grain free, 4health grain free, and hi-tek naturals grain free.

  • Sean
  • ShepAussie

    What do you usually feed your dog Sean? What breed is it?

  • Susan

    Hi Amy, when you compare the old Authority ingredients to the new re packed Authority ingredients were the ingredients different?? something must of changed for ur pup to get sick..also I would of emailed the company & asked why are they re-packing are they just changing to new writing on the packet…

  • Dori

    Let me know what you find BC. My girls all eat raw so I don’t give them digestive enzymes, I’m just curious now on the differences between humans and canines ability or lack thereof producing and sustaining enzymes. The link posted only referred to humans and specifically the one man. I’d never heard any info before on the body being so accustomed to feeding outside enzymes that it lacks the ability to produce its own.

  • theBCnut

    Thanks, but not quite what I’m looking for. I would like an actual study and preferably something that can be applied to dogs. It’s already thought by some that dogs don’t produce all the enzymes they need because they were meant to eat raw enzyme rich foods, so a diet of kibble, completely devoid of live enzymes would be very hard to digest. I have one dog that
    I would believe this to be true of, and I do give him digestive enzymes, as well as feeding him some raw enzyme inclusive foods. I’ve never seen any reason to increase his enzymes. And in the anecdotal story in your link, it doesn’t take into account that the enzymes that the man was taking should have been more than adequate to fully digest his meals without him even eating them.
    I’ll look into this some more and see if I can find something that answers my questions. Thanks again.

  • Dori

    Thanks for the link Sean.

  • Sean

    Another argument is that digestive enzymes cannot withstand the acid content of the stomach, so they’ll be digested well before they’ll be able to help digest anything at all.

    Digestive enzymes are produced regularly by the pancreas in all animals so why risk a dependency on them? Unless your dog actually has a legitimate digestion issue I wouldn’t rule out a dog food for not having them. Again, probiotics actually aid existing digestive enzymes in their digestion of food.

  • Sean
  • Dori

    I’d also like any links you can provide on studies suggesting that digestive enzymes may not be beneficial in the long run. I would be very interested. Thanks.

  • theBCnut

    Any chance you can provide a link to any of those studies. That’s definitely something I would love to read up on.

  • Sean

    There are several 5 star foods on the “best dry grain free” list that do not have them. In fact, some studies suggest that taking digestive enzymes in the long term may not be beneficial as the body may stop producing its own and become dependent. Probiotics on the other hand, are easy to add and are safe in the long term as the body does not produce its own and there is no risk of addiction or dependency when supplementing probiotic levels.

  • Sean

    My puppy has switched from the old to the “new” repackaged formula with no adverse affects.

  • ShepAussie

    Not sure I would ever feed Authority again myself. I think it should receive more like a 3 star. I think that food is not as digestible as it could and should be. All dry commercially processed dog and cat food should include digestive enzymes so the animal’s body can digest and utilize all nutrients contained in the food, especially if the food contains grains and other more difficult to digest ingredients.

  • Amy

    After doing much research and seeing so many good reviews I decided to switch my 15 month dog from Taste of the Wild to Authority because it was cheaper and was listed as 4.5 stars. Everything was fine, he loved the food and was doing great with it. I was told by an employee at the store that it was being pulled from the shelves for “repackaging”. A few weeks ago I bought a 36lb bag of the new “packaged” dog food. Half way through the bag, my dog got so sick. He was lethargic, and throwing up very dark brown/black liquid within a few hours of eating. I decided to switch him back to Taste of the Wild to see if it was the food making him sick. Within 1-2 days he was so much better. He was running around and playing again and stopped throwing up. I don’t know if the “repackaging” meant that they changed the ingredients or not but I will never buy Authority dog food again. I will pay the extra money to make sure my dog is getting a high quality dog food.

  • 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!

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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&[email protected]

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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!!!

  • 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!!!

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!