Get the SCOOP on dog food: Authority brand dog food

Get the SCOOP on dog food: Authority brand dog food

In the first part of our series, you’ll notice the foods are similar (in rating, ingredients, etc.)  They are all from a similar category of food, what many in the pet industry refer to as “grocery store” brands of dog food. Usually these are lower in cost but also lower in nutrition, and you can find them in almost every grocery sore chain. The foods in the next part of this series are a little higher up on the food-chain (pun intended) you might find some of these in grocery stores still, but offer more nutritionally.  We will be looking at 3 different foods from this group: Iams, Authority brand dog food, and Purina Pro Plan; overall they have higher quality ingredients and less fillers.

The first food we will be looking at is a brand exclusive to PetSmart stores, it’s called Authority. Authority is a good brand for those pet parents on a budget ($30 for their 34lb bag) and it comes in chicken, beef and lamb formula as well as puppy, adult, large breed and weight management. For the amount of choices, Authority is a great stepping stone for pet parents looking to improve their dog’s diet.


How much should my dog eat? 

Feeding Instructions: (per Authority, cups per day Lamb Mini Chunk Adult Formula)

  • Adult dogs 3 to 12 lb. 1/2 – 1 1/2 cup
  • Adult dogs 13 to 20 lb. 1 1/2  –  2 cups
  • Adult dogs 21 to 50lb. 2– 4 cups
  • Adult dogs 51 to 90 lb. 4 – 5 3/4 cups
  • Adult dogs 90+ lb. 5 3/4 + 1/4 cup for every 10 lbs. over 90 lbs.

Note: These feeding directions are guidelines only. If your dog is still a developing adult (many large breeds are considered developing until age 2-3) or above average in activity level you will need to adjust.

What’s in it?

Lamb, Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, Wheat, Wheat Germ Meal, Oat Groats, Rice Bran, Brewers Rice, Beef Tallow, Natural Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin and Mineral Supplements (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Ascorbic Acid), Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, D Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement).


As you can see the first ingredient is lamb, followed by lamb meal, followed by brown rice and wheat. Also included in the ingredients are Beef Tallow (a suet-like animal fat solid), and egg product which is an excellent source of protein.

How much does it cost?

  • 36lb Bag – $30

What’s the bottom-line?

Authority is a great stepping stone food, for pet parents looking to save money while still improving on their dog’s diet. Although it still has fillers high on the ingredients list, there is at least more protein for about the same price as grocery store brands.


Feeding guidelines: Authority.
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  • Dee

    I like Authority dog food – both the dry and canned. However, I’ve found that if you follow the feeding instructions on the bag and can, you will be grossly overfeeding your dog.