The Authority product line includes five canned 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 Adult Lamb and Rice Ground [U]
- Authority Puppy Lamb and Rice Ground (4 stars) [U]
- Authority Mature Lamb and Rice Ground (2.5 stars) [U]
- Authority Adult Beef and Rice Savory Cuts (4 stars) [U]
- Authority Weight Management Lamb and Rice (1.5 stars) [U]
Authority Adult Lamb and Rice Ground recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Lamb broth, lamb, chicken, lamb liver, brewers rice, rice gluten, dried egg product, rice flour, dried beet pulp, guar gum, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potassium chloride, carrageenan, salt, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide and choline chloride
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||32%||24%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||27%||56%||17%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb 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 lamb. Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Lamb is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The fourth ingredient is lamb liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The sixth ingredient is rice gluten. Rice gluten is the residue from rice after the removal of most of the starch and germ.3
Although technically, rice is gluten-free, it’s considered a notable protein concentrate.
Even though it contains over 70% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based product like rice gluten can significantly 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.
The eighth ingredient is rice flour. Rice flour is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.
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 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 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, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
And lastly, with the sole exception of copper, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
Authority Canned Dog Food The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Authority canned dog food looks like an average wet product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 32% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 25%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 32% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 73%.
Below-average protein. Above-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the rice gluten, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.
However, with 56% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 27% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Authority is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Those looking for a comparable kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Authority dry dog food.