Bravo! Balance Dog Food earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Bravo! Balance product line includes three raw 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 Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Bravo Balance Premium Chicken Formula
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken bones, chicken liver, chicken gizzards, chicken hearts, green beans, broccoli, acorn squash, salt, potassium chloride, tocopherol vitamin E, zinc oxide,copper sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide, cholecalciferol vitamin D3
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.4%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||62%||25%||6%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||49%||47%||5%|
The first ingredient in this dog food includes 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 is chicken bone, an excellent source of natural calcium.
The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is chicken gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.
The fifth ingredient is chicken heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The sixth ingredient is green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
The seventh ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
The eighth ingredient is squash. Squash is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With one notable exception…
The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
Bravo! Balance Dog Food
The Bottom Line
With human-grade, antibiotic-free poultry and hormone-free, grass fed red meat, Bravo Balance Dog Food can certainly be considered an above-average raw product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 39%.
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 product 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.
Bravo! Balance Dog Food is a meat-based raw product using a significant amount of poultry or beef as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
For more suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.
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
05/03/2014 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩