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Authority Information

Authority is a brand owned and sold by PetSmart. Authority was founded in 1995 and has remained a relatively staple of PetSmart stores since. For those of you who are not familiar with PetSmart, it is probably the largest pet retailer in North America with over 1300 stores.

However, Authority has also been recently made available from PetSmart’s partner company Chewy.

To the best of our knowledge, Authority pet food products can not be purchased outside of these two sources. However, it appears some resellers are attempting to sell Authority products on Amazon.

It is not abundantly clear where Authority produces its food; however, its packaging state that the products are produced in the United States. PetSmart likely subcontracts out the production of Authority to one of the largest pet food manufacturers.

We could not find any information on where Authority ingredients are sourced from. Given that Authority recipes are produced in the United States, it is likely that a large number of the ingredients are also sourced from the United States. However, there is no guarantee of this assumption, and some ingredients could have been sourced from less reliable countries.

Authority Product Range

Dog Food

Authority has an extensive dog food range, which consists of a mix of dry food and wet/canned food.

Authority produces specialized recipes for almost all the popular niches. This range of niche recipes includes puppy food, senior dog food, large and small breed food, and food for dogs with sensitive stomachs or coats.

While recipes for puppies and senior dogs are commonplace in the industry, those that boost immunity or help remedy sensitive stomachs are less common.

Cat Food

Authority’s cat food range is also huge, although not as large as the dog food range. It also consists of a mix of dry and wet/canned food.

Authority’s cat food range has fewer niche products but still has the core offering, including kitten and senior cat food.

Authority Nutrition

Dog Food

The nutrition offered by Authority dog food is unimpressive and would be considered average. It consists of modest proportions of protein and fat and a significant portion of carbohydrates.

Most dogs would benefit from higher proportions of protein and fat, which would better mimic their natural diet.

Below is an example of the nutritional profile offered by an authority dry dog food recipe.

Authority Example Nutrition

Cat Food

The nutrition offered by Authority cat food is poor and not a fair reflection of a cat’s natural diet.

The recipes often have a moderate proportion of protein and fat and an excessive proportion of carbohydrates.

Cats are obligate carnivores, which means they need to consume meat and fish and do not require a significant portion of plant-based material.

Authority Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Beef
  • Lamb

Given the vast size of Authority’s product range, the range of meat and fish ingredients they use is relatively small. They tend to stick to the reliable staples of the industry, such as Chicken and Beef. Despite this lack of variety, these ingredients can provide high-quality animal-based protein and fat.

Authority does not sell any products that include less common meat and fish ingredients like those discussed in our Best Hypoallergenic Dog Foods Guide and our articles Best Dog Foods With Venison & Best Dog Foods With Rabbit.

A group of young chickens

Other Notable Ingredients

Authority makes use of Corn and Corn Gluten Meal. These are very controversial ingredients that many consumers refuse to purchase. Despite this, supporters of Corn say it is very nutritious.

Authority also uses other grain ingredients in their recipes, including Brown Rice and Oat Groats. These are considered by most to be superior grain ingredients when compared to Corn or wheat.

Some authority recipes include Dried Beet Pulp. Dried Beet Pulp is used in pet food to provide soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can be important to some dogs to enable reliable and consistent digestion. Learn more about Dried Beet Pulp in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.

Canola Oil is found in some authority recipes. Canola Oil is a vegetable oil that contains high levels of the Omega 6 Fatty Acids. Learn more about Canola Oil in our article Canola Oil In Dog Food.

Authority Animal Testing

We have no information at this time concerning what type of animal testing that Authority participates in.

We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice. We hope that in the future, it will be eliminated or severely reduced.

Authority Recalls

Sadly, Authority is not a recall-free brand and has a single recall in its history.

However, this recall was over a decade ago, and since then, they have been recall-free. This lack of recent recalls shows that Authority has taken its safety and quality processes seriously. This perfect recent record is not surprising given that the brand is owned by PetSmart, who would take these matters very seriously.

See the below details of the recall in question.

2007 – Melamine Contamination – a large number of recipes had to be recalled as it was found that vegetable proteins within the recipes were contaminated with Melamine. Melamine is an industrial chemical and is not suitable for consumption.

The investigation into this matter found that fourteen animals had died due to Melamine contamination. The Melamine had been consumed by livestock, which was then used to produce pet food.

However, it is essential to note that this recall affected many brands and not just Authority.

Authority Featured Articles

At this time, Authority has not been featured in any of our articles.

Best of Authority

Adult Chicken & Rice Review

Authority Adult Chicken & Rice

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Authority’s Chicken & Rice recipes are their staples. They usually use a mix of Chicken and Chicken Meal as their primary ingredients. This mix ensures there is a sufficient portion of Chicken present, which can provide protein and fat.

The recipe also uses a range of plant-based ingredients, including Brown Rice, Corn, Oats Groats, and Corn Gluten Meal. While there is much debate around the use of Corn in dog food, Brown Rice is a reliable and beneficial ingredient that can provide carbohydrates and fiber.

Tender Blends Stew Adult Chicken, Carrot & Spinach Review

Authority Tender Blends Chicken, Carrot & Spinach

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While there are some controversial ingredients in Authority’s dry food recipes, their wet food recipes tend to contain more satisfactory ingredients.

For example, the above recipe uses a mix of Chicken and Chicken Liver to provide its protein and fat. Liver is a beneficial addition to many dog food recipes as it can enhance flavor and provide much-needed vitamins and minerals.

The recipe then uses a mix of Carrots, Peas, Spinach, and other minor ingredients to round off the recipe and provide carbohydrates, fiber, and micronutrients.

Authority Full Product Range

Dog Food

Dry Dog Food

Large Breed Adult Chicken & Rice

Large Breed Adult Grain Free Chicken & Pea

Small Bites All Life Stages Chicken & Rice

Skin, Coat + Digestive Health Support Grain Free Fish & Potato

Grain Free Adult Chicken & Pea

Adult Chicken & Rice

Large Breed Mature Chicken & Rice

Adult Lamb & Rice

Small Breed Adult Grain Free Chicken & Pea

High Performance All Life Stages Grain Free Turkey, Pea, Duck & Salmon

Large Breed Puppy Chicken & Rice

Healthy Weight + Joint Support Large Breed Adult Turkey & Chickpea

Large Breed Adult Lamb & Rice

Small Breed Adult Chicken & Rice

Tender Blends Adult Beef & Rice

Small Breed Adult Lamb & Rice

Tender Blends Large Breed Adult Chicken & Rice

Tender Blends Small Breed Adult Chicken & Rice

Mature Adult Chicken & Rice

Skin, Coat + Digestive Health Small Breed Adult Grain Free Fish & Potato

Tender Blends Adult Chicken & Rice

Healthy Weight + Joint Support Adult Turkey & Chickpea

Immunity + Joint Support Mature Adult Chicken & Brown Rice

Small Breed Mature Adult Chicken & Rice

Puppy Food Grain Free Chicken & Pea

Tender Blends Mature Adult Chicken & Rice

Tender Blends Puppy Food Chicken & Rice

Puppy Food Chicken & Rice

Tender Blends Puppy Food Beef & Rice

Immunity + Digestive Health Support Puppy Food Turkey, Oatmeal & Pumpkin

Small Breed Puppy Food Chicken & Rice

Advanced Wellness Sensitive Systems Digestions Adult Lamb & Rice

Advanced Wellness Large Breed Weight Loss Adult Chicken & Brown Rice

Advanced Wellness Weight Loss Adult Chicken & Brown Rice

Canned/Wet Dog Food

Ground Entree Adult Chicken & Rice

Cuts In Gravy Adult Chicken & Rice

Ground Entree Mature Adult Lamb & Rice

Small Breed Adult Stew In Gravy Beef & Vegetable

Tender Blends Stew Adult Chicken, Carrot & Spinach

Immunity + Joint Support Mature Adult Chicken & Brown Rice

Ground Entree Puppy Chicken & Rice

Ground Entree Adult Grain Free Chicken & Carrot

Ground Entree Mature Adult Grain Free Chicken & Vegetable

Skin, Coat + Digestive Healthy Support Ground Entree Adult Grain Free Fish & Potato

Digestive Support Supplement – Pumpkin Puree

Digestive Soothing Support Chicken & Rice

Tender Blends Stew Mature Adult Chicken, Carrot, & Spinach

Weight Management Ground Entree Adult Chicken

Small Breed Stew Puppy Chicken & Vegetable Stew

Tender Blends Stew Puppy Chicken, Carrot & Spinach

Advanced Wellness Weight Loss Shredded Chicken & Green Bean

Immunity + Digestive Healthy Support Ground Entree Puppy Turkey

Advanced Wellness Skin & Coat Shredded Duck

Ground Entree Puppy Grain Free Chicken & Carrot

Small Breed Stew Mature Adult Chicken & Vegetable Stew

Advanced Wellness Sensitive Systems Digestion Shredded Lamb

Advanced Wellness Joint Health Shredded Chicken

Advanced Wellness Cognition & Immunity Shredded Beef & Chicken

Ground Entree Puppy Lamb & Rice

Cat Food

Dry Cat Food

Indoor Adult – Chicken & Rice

Hairball Control & Weight Management Indoor Adult – Chicken & Rice

All Life Stages – Chicken, Rice & Turkey

Indoor Kitten – Chicken & Rice

Indoor Adult – Salmon & Rice

Hairball & Weight Management + Joint Support Mature Adult – Chicken

Adult – Chicken & Rice

Advanced Wellness Sensitive Systems & Digestion – Ocean Fish & Sweet Potato

Hairball Control Adult – Chicken & Rice

Indoor Mature Adult – Chicken & Rice

Sensitive Support Adult – Turkey & Rice

Kitten – Chicken & Rice

Mature Adult – Chicken & Rice

Indoor Adult – Tuna & Rice

Everyday Health Indoor Kitten – Salmon & Rice

Advanced Wellness Weight Loss Adult – Chicken & Brown Rice

Everyday Health Savory Blends Adult – Chicken

Everyday Health Savory Blends Adult – Turkey

Advanced Wellness Gastrointestinal Microbiome Adult

Everyday Health Indoor Adult – Chicken & Rice

Hairball Control + Weight Management Adult – Chicken & Rice

Canned/Wet Dog Food

Flaked Entree In Gravy Adult – Chicken

Pate Entree Adult – Beef

Pate Entree Kitten – Chicken

Everyday Health Indoor Kitten Pate – Tuna

Shredded In Gravy Adult – Chicken & Liver

Sensitive Support Pate Entree Adult – Chicken & Turkey

Pate Entree Mature Adult – Chicken

Advanced Wellness Sensitive Systems & Digestion Flaked – Tuna

Weight Control Pate Adult – Chicken

Hairball Control Pate Entree Adult – Chicken

Indoor Pate Entree – Chicken#

Advanced Wellness Skin & Coat Adult – Mackerel

Advanced Wellness Cognition & Immunity – Chicken

Advanced Wellness Weight Loss Shredded – Chicken

Indoor Pate Entree Mature Adult – Chicken

Grain-Free Adult – Salmon

Grain-Free Pate Entree Mature Adult – Chicken