Authority is a brand owned and sold by PetSmart. Authority was first founded in 1986 as a pet accessory brand, but in 1995 it entered the pet food market 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 1600 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
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 dog food 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.
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.
The nutrition offered by Authority dog food is unimpressive and would be considered average when compared to other dog food brands. 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 one of Authority’s better dry dog food recipes.
If you’d like to learn more about canine nutrition, we would highly recommend you check out our Dog Food Guide for a detailed discussion.
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.
If you’d like to learn more about feline nutrition and what it means to be an obligate carnivore, head on over to our Cat Food Guide.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
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.
Other Notable Ingredients
Authority makes extensive use of Corn and Corn Gluten Meal. These are very controversial grain ingredients that many consumers refuse to purchase.
Authority also uses other grain ingredients in their recipes, including Brown Rice and Oat Groats. There are still some pet owners against their use, but they are considered by many to be “superior grain ingredients” when compared to Corn or wheat.
They believe this as they are less processed and can provide a better balance of nutrition.
Some authority recipes include a small portion of Dried Beet Pulp as a minor plant-based ingredient. Dried Beet Pulp’s primary purpose in pet food recipes is to provide a reliable source of soluble fiber.
While other foods contain soluble fiber, higher levels can be important to some dogs to promote reliable and consistent digestion and stools.
Learn more about Dried Beet Pulp in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.
Canola Oil is found in some authority recipes as a minor ingredient. For those of you unfamiliar, Canola Oil is a vegetable oil commonly found in human foods, and it is well known for containing high levels of the Omega 6 Fatty Acids.
Along with Sunflower Oil, these oils are used by many brands to boost the overall level of fat in a recipe or act as a binding agent to hold the ingredients of a food together.
If you’d like to learn more about Canola Oil, you can do so 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.
Many smaller pet food brands avoid disclosing information on what type of testing or trials they perform as they fear backlash or a negative reaction from their customer base.
However, given that Authority is a brand owned by PetSmart, it is likely that they do perform some form of feeding trials to ensure their foods are suitable for long-term consumption.
However, 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.
However, this recall was over a decade ago, and since then, they have been a recall-free brand. 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, which would take these matters very seriously.
See the below details of the recall in question.
2007 – Melamine Contamination – a large number of recipes from Authority 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. This included other familiar brands like Hill’s, Royal Canin, Natural Balance, Blue Buffalo, and Diamond.
Regardless of their past or current recall record, we always encourage pet owners to be vigilant of any future recalls from Authority or any other pet food brand to ensure their pets remain healthy and safe.
Best of Authority
Adult Chicken & Rice Review
Authority’s Chicken & Rice dog food recipes are their staples, and the above is the adult dog version.
These recipes usually use a mix of Chicken and Chicken Meal as their primary ingredients, which ensures the portion of animal-based content is significant.
Thanks to this Chicken, the portion of protein in this recipe is a minimum of 25%. While this could be higher, it is satisfactory for most dogs, especially those that aren’t overly active.
The recipe also uses a range of plant-based ingredients, including Brown Rice (obviously), but also Corn, Oats Groats, and Corn Gluten Meal.
While there is much debate around the use of Corn in dog food, with some saying it’s filler or highly processed, Brown Rice is a reliable and beneficial ingredient that can provide a mix of carbohydrates and fiber.
Lastly, we found small portions of several other ingredients, such as Flaxseed, Beet Pulp, Pea Protein, and Glycerin.
Tender Blends Stew Adult Chicken, Carrot & Spinach Review
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 content.
While many focus on whole meat ingredients like Chicken, they tend to ignore organ meat ingredients like Liver.
Liver is a hugely beneficial addition to many dog food recipes as it can enhance flavor and provide high levels of several vitamins and minerals.
The recipe then uses a mix of Carrots, Peas, Spinach, and other minor ingredients to round off the recipe and provide a small portion of carbohydrates, fiber, and micronutrients.
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Authority Full Product Range
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
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