Review of Bravo Homestyle Complete Freeze Dried Dog Food
Bravo Homestyle Complete Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Bravo Homestyle Complete product line includes the 3 freeze-dried raw dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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|Bravo Homestyle Complete Beef Dinner||5||A|
|Bravo Homestyle Complete Pork Dinner||5||A|
|Bravo Homestyle Complete Turkey Dinner||5||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Bravo Homestyle Complete Turkey Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Bravo Homestyle Complete Turkey Dinner
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
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 denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||48%||11%||33%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||44%||25%||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.
It should be noted the meats used here have been freeze-dried prior to use in this recipe. Because of the gentleness of the process used to create this item, freeze-dried ingredients can be considered nutritionally superior to meat meals.
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 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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Bravo Homestyle Complete Dog Food looks like an above-average raw product.
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.
Our Rating of Bravo Homestyle Complete Dog Food
Bravo Homestyle Complete is a grain-free freeze-dried, raw dog food using a significant amount of named meats and organs as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Has Bravo Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Bravo.
- 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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- 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 ↩
01/25/2021 Last Update