Bravo Balance Dog Food (Raw Frozen)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Bravo Balance Raw Dog Food receives the Advisor’s highest rating of five stars.

The Bravo Balance product line includes three raw frozen dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review:

  • Bravo Balance Premium Beef Formula
  • Bravo Balance Premium Turkey Formula
  • Bravo Balance Premium Chicken Formula

Bravo Balance Premium Chicken Raw Dog Food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Bravo Balance Premium Chicken Formula

Raw Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 55% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 19%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken frames, chicken organs (liver, gizzards, hearts), green beans, broccoli, acorn squash, salt, potassium chloride, vitamin E, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide, vitamin D

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis12%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis55%18%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis46%38%16%

The first item in this dog food lists chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient includes chicken frames, the remaining bony carcass of a slaughtered chicken after most of the flesh and organs have been removed.

The third ingredient describes chicken organs, specifically the liver, gizzards and heart.

The next three items include nutrient-rich vegetables

  • Green beans
  • Broccoli
  • Acorn squash

Also, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated which can make them more difficult to absorb. However, we are reassured to find a detailed list of all naturally included nutrients (for each recipe) on the company’s website.2

Bravo Balance Raw Frozen Dog Food
The Bottom Line

With human-grade, antibiotic-free poultry and hormone-free, grass fed red meat, Bravo Balance Raw Dog Food can certainly be considered an above-average product.

But ingredient quality alone cannot tell the full story. It’s still vital to estimate the amount of real meat present before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 62%, a fat level of 25% and an estimated carbohydrate content of 6%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 54% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 18% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical raw dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a raw food containing an abundance of meat.

Those looking to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral diet will find the Bravo Balance raw product line an excellent candidate.

And because of each product’s ultra-simple, single protein design, these dog foods make ideal selections for dogs with allergies.

Bottom line?

Bravo Balance is a meat-based raw dog food using an abundant amount of raw beef or poultry as its main sources of animal protein… thus earning the brand five stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

For more suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

06/12/2010 Original review
01/12/2011 Review updated
10/17/2012 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Bravo Website, 6/12/2010
  • BaileyGirl

    I love Bravo and so does my dog. My question though pertains to all high quality raw foods.. My dog had a splenectomy. Because she no longer has a spleen should I be cautious about feeding this to her? I have been mixing the Bravo with Evo kibble, but would like to switch to 100% Bravo if $$ allows. I feed the raw to her where it is still somewhat frozen, but easy enough for her to chew (she seems to like it better this way). She has Hemangiosarcoma, which is why she had her spleen removed, so I just want to make sure feeding her Raw is OK. Thank you!

  • Chrissy

    There are RAW cat foods available…I do believe Bravo makes one but there is also RAD Kat, which comes in single serving cups for you…

  • Maggie May

    This is too high fat for a dog prone to pancreatitis such as schnauzers. They need 10-12% as another poster said, but I use the raw and add extra veggies to it from Honest Kitchen Preference to decrease the per serving fat content. I also add boiled chicken breasts to decrease the per fat serving. I want to get benefits of raw feeding, but have to make some adjustments for my schnauzers.

  • Erin

    It was recalled but no salmonella was found in any Bravo products.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Cats need cat food. They have a requirement for taurine that only a rare dog food would meet. The company may be able to tell you if they have enough taurine, but other wise I wouldn’t risk it. Have you looked at Darwin’s? They have cat food, and an amazing introductory offer.
    It is possible that your cat will require something like montmorillonite clay to keep a firm stool, but its also possible that that was a temperary need that your cat is now past, no way to know without trying.

  • Rachelle Madsen

    How well would this food do for my cat? For a little while now I have been feeding her Natures Variety Instinct Raw Frozen Diets, and the benefits from that have been exponential.

    The reason I started her on raw is because she has severe diarrhea problems with ANY type of kibble or canned cat foods. Natures Variety cured her of her issue in about two weeks, but it is rather expensive. I noticed on the review for NV that it has Montmorillonite Clay which it states directly helps diarrhea issues, but this food doesn’t? If I switch her to this food, would her issue come back like it does with other foods?

  • Dawn

    The chubs are 2 pounds of meet..I let them slightly defrost cut up her portions(read the recommended amount for your size dog) and put them in the freezer until needed. I defrost them in the fridge.. Its been wonderful for her and she loves it! Her constant itching has stopped and her overall health has improved 10 fold.. the most you have to do is appropriate the right amount of food for your dog and that’s about it. I also use a water /vinegar solution when cleaning up its safe for everyone..Chubs is just like ground up meat with the added natural ingredients..I can see the fresh parsley,carrot’s..ect. in the meat when I serve her..We love and recommend it!!
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  • Pattyvaughn

    It probably would not be considered low fat for your purposes. You probably want to stay closer to 10-12% on a dry matter basis and I don’t think there is a commercial raw that goes that low.

  • John Sewell

    Is this appropriate for a dog prone to pancreatitis? It looks very low fat to me, but I get so confused with dry matter, versus guaranteed analysis…I just want to be sure.

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  • Alpha Biotch

    What an excellent food. Alpha Biotch certainly approves, and I shall most certainly give this a try! :-)

  • Pattyvaughn
  • brie

    what is darwins website?

  • KarenC

    I imagine the chubs could have a lot of bone too? I guess I could call or email and ask before I purchase.