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Review:Authority 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★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor. 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★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber. in an unheard of 6th spot, and spinach, tomatoes, broccoli★★ Nutritious but can lead to gas. Very gimmicky. and cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract. following behnd. Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. 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.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken is first ingredient (with chicken meal 4th and salmon meal 7th), barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality. 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★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality., Chicken Meal, Canola Oil★★★★★ Excellent source of fat for energy and healthy coat contains 10% omega 3 fatty acids and half the saturated fat found in other vegetable oils commonly used in pet food. (Preserved mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Salmon Meal, Dried Egg Product★ Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell., Spinach, Tomatoes, Broccoli★★ Nutritious but can lead to gas. Very gimmicky., Cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., Natural Flavor, Chicory Root Extract, Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., Minerals (Salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Zinc Sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Ferrous Sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Calcium Iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response.), Vitamins (Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate★★ Cheap, feed-grade source of Vitamin C, used as supplement, non-assimilated., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Vitamin D-3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism., Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., Thiamin Mononitrate, Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response.), Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Glucosamine★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency. Hydrocholide, Chondroitin Sulfate★★★ Mostly used as gimmick, too expensive to use enough in food for therapeutic response., Carnitine.