Bravo! Balance raw frozen dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Bravo! Balance product line includes the 3 frozen dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Bravo! Balance Beef Formula [A]
- Bravo! Balance Turkey Formula (2.5 stars) [A]
- Bravo! Balance Chicken Formula (2.5 stars) [A]
Bravo! Balance Chicken Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Bravo Balance Chicken Formula
Raw Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken bone, chicken heart, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, green beans, broccoli, squash, potassium chloride, vitamin E, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide, vitamin D3
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.4%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||41%||9%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||27%||67%||6%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is 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 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 next item is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth ingredient is chicken gizzard. The gizzard is a low-fat, meaty organ found in the digestive tract of birds and assists in grinding up consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy. Yum!
The sixth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
The next inclusion 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 realistically, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Bravo product.
With 1 notable exception…
The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Bravo! Balance Raw Frozen Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Bravo! Balance Dog Food looks like an above-average raw product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 44%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 2% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 96%.
Which means this Bravo product line contains…
Above-average protein. Above-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.
However, with 67% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 27% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Bravo! Balance is a grain-free raw dog food using an abundance of named meats and organs as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
Bravo! Dog Food
The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Bravo brand. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.
- Bravo Dog Food Recall December 2015 (12/10/2015)
- Bravo Dog Food Recall July 2015 (7/23/2015)
- Bravo Dog and Cat Food Recall (9/26/2014)
- Bravo! Dog and Cat Food Recall (5/14/2014)
- Bravo! Raw Frozen Dog Food Recall (4/3/2013)
- Warning Issued for Bravo! and Steve’s Real Raw Pet Foods (3/13/2013)
- Bravo Recalls Pig Ears Dog Chews for Salmonella (6/1/2011)
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Notes and Updates
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04/03/2020 Last Update