Bravo Homestyle Complete (Freeze-Dried)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Bravo Homestyle Complete Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Bravo Homestyle Complete product line includes three freeze-dried raw recipes, 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 Homestyle Complete Beef Dinner
  • Bravo Homestyle Complete Pork Dinner
  • Bravo Homestyle Complete Turkey Dinner

Bravo Homestyle Complete Turkey Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Bravo Homestyle Complete Turkey Dinner

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 48% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey liver, sweet potatoes, chickpeas, turkey hearts, green beans, turkey gizzards, cranberries, dried eggs, tricalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, dried kelp, turmeric, rosemary, sage, thyme, marjoram, salt, mixed tocopherols (preservative), zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis38%9%NA
Dry Matter Basis48%11%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis44%25%31%
Protein = 44% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 31%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

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

The second ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third ingredient includes sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fourth ingredient lists chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is turkey heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.

The sixth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

The seventh ingredient is turkey 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 eighth ingredient lists cranberries, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The ninth ingredient is dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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

This food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Bravo Homestyle Complete Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Bravo Homestyle Complete looks like 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 48%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 32% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 26%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a freeze-dried raw product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Bravo Homestyle Complete is a meat-based freeze-dried raw dog food using a significant amount of named meats and organs as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

07/20/2016 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  • the_queen_of_hearts

    I’ve been feeding the freeze-dried turkey to one of my dogs for a couple months. She seems to like it and she’s even lost a little weight. I’m very happy with this food and brand so far.

  • Ginger Mosel Breon

    Anybody feeding this? Opinions?

  • lmktacwa

    My dogs love this. Of course, as pugs, they pretty much will eat anything. But I know that I feel really good about feeding them this food. You can see all the real food ingredients in the bag and it actually doesn’t smell that bad. Sort of reminds me of turkey soup smell with whatever herbs go in there. The largest size you can buy is 6lbs (makes “up to” 30lbs of food by adding water to each portion) but boy is it pricey! This is not a food for someone who is living paycheck to paycheck. However, I have learned that the old adage “garbage in/garbage out” holds true for dog food. My pugs are healthy, have great coats, clear eyes, decent breath, and I keep them lean. Vet bills are expensive too (unless you have vet ins. which I do), so it may be a good idea for lower income folks to consider that this cost upfront may save you much more cost down the road. I bought the food before I checked out this review, but was relieved to see such a high 5 star rating because truthfully, this is the only food I want to feed them.