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
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||55%||18%||19%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||46%||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
- 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.
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.
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.
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
06/12/2010 Original review
01/12/2011 Review updated
10/17/2012 Last Update