Rating: | Price: $$$ | WebsiteAuthority Harvest Baked has been discontinued, but similar Authority products are available.
Authority, which is PetSmart’s brand of food, performs pretty well when compared to other foods of comparable price and of greater reputations. You can tell if a food is pretty good often times by seeing what is NOT in it. The lack of corn, by-products and animal digest is great to see. Those types of ingredients drive down a food’s value very quickly.
Here, The meat sources are solid, and comprise 3 of the first 7 ingredients. There are a great many vegetables as well, with carrots in an unheard of 6th spot, and spinach, tomatoes, broccoli and cranberries following behnd. Flaxseed is present for the beneficial fatty acids.
However, the wheat as the 2nd ingredient is troubling. This is the number one cause of food allergies in dogs and isn’t beneficial. Without that, this would be a terrific food. With it, it’s still pretty good but not great.
Where to buy?
We recommend Only Natural Pet Store as an ethical retailer selling high quality pet foods:
What’s good about this food….
Chicken is first ingredient (with chicken meal 4th and salmon meal 7th), barley is one of the top grains, heavy on vegetables, flax is used.
….and what’s not so good.
Use of wheat as second ingredient is poor choice, both nutritionally and for allergies.
Chicken, Whole Ground Wheat, Whole Ground Barley, Chicken Meal, Canola Oil (Preserved mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Carrots, Salmon Meal, Dried Egg Product, Spinach, Tomatoes, Broccoli, Cranberries, Natural Flavor, Chicory Root Extract, Flaxseed, Minerals (Salt, Potassium Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Glucosamine Hydrocholide, Chondroitin Sulfate, Carnitine.