Authority® Senior Dog Food
Eager to eat
At 15 years old, was tired of buying pricey food she walked away from after first smell. This seems the exception; great nutrition without waste.
March 14, 2014
Excellent product for the well being of my 8 yr. old pet. Has the flavor and texture he likes and it's good for him too; great combination.
March 8, 2014
Too Many FILLERS in the Top Ingredients
We have been feeding our 4 JRT's Authority Adult Lamb Mini-Chunk for-ever! They love it :) It's a very decent, nutritionally sound, food for the price. We have recommended it to friends and family in the past and will continue to recommend the Lamb Adult formula to others in the future. However, now that it's past time for us to switch our furbaby's to a more Senior formula, I don't feel we can, in all good conscience, do the same with the Authority Senior offering :(
An ingredient label by law MUST be printed in order of the MOST to LEAST amount of the ingredients present in the food - when “Chicken” is listed at the top of the list, followed by “Chicken Meal” second, “Brown Rice” third, “Corn” fourth, “Oat Groats” fifth, “Dried Beet Pulp” sixth, “Corn Gluten Meal” seventh, “Brewer’s Rice” eighth, “Chicken Fat” ninth and “Natural Flavor” tenth (the Top 10 Ingredients in Authority Senior Chicken, btw) you can bet top dollar that BY WEIGHT there’s more chicken than chicken meal, more chicken meal than brown rice, etc. in your pet’s food - so looking at the Top 10 ingredients on the food label is the absolute BEST way to distinguish between a “good” food and a “bad” food for your pet.
Generally speaking, ALL corn products are “filler’s” with low to no nutritional value. They are primarily put there to replace higher quality, higher priced, ingredients. Corn makes any pet food you find it in less expensive to produce saving the manufacturer of the pet food, and presumably the consumer, money. It does not, however, make the food better for, more nutritious for, or more palatable for your pet.
“Filler’s” are typically carb-based. Almost all pet foods have some sort of “filler” in them, but as far as “filler’s” go (listed from best to worst) spinach, sweet potato, peas, potato, rice, wheat, quinoa and oats all have a higher nutritional value than corn!
The Top 10 ingredients for Authority Senior Chicken begins with #1 Chicken, #2 Chicken Meal - YAY! Unfortunately it goes downhill from there. The 3rd thru 5th and 7th ingredients are all “filler’s” .. and mostly not the better choice of “filler’s” I’ve listed above. And I take particular issue with the naming of #10 Natural Flavor. Though almost all packaged food products today, whether they be for human or pet consumption, have "Natural Flavor" somewhere within their ingredients list; in food products made for human consumption “Natural Flavor” typically means MSG, but on a pet food label it’s just a SNEAKY way of saying “by-product”. Apparently "natural flavor" sounds better than "by-product" to the uneducated consumer. As for the "by-product's" themselves - they are bits and bobs, parts and tidbits of an animal that is normally unfit for human consumption. This includes the lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, blood, bone, stomachs, poultry necks and feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines. Yummy, right?! I supposed to our pets it might be.
In the end I'm just really disappointed in PetSmart/Authority for not offering up a better quality food for our Senior's. I know they can do better than this!
March 1, 2014
Good Food @ the right price
There is not a lot to say.. It's a good middle of the road food and the Dogs like it. The best part for me is the price is almost half of the other brands. When your dealing with a lot of rescue dogs and doing it out of your own pocket, price becomes a big factor.
February 9, 2014