Bravo Balance Dog Food (Raw Frozen)

(3 / 5)
Bravo Balance Dog Food (Raw Frozen)

The Bravo! Balance product line includes 3 frozen raw dog foods.

Each recipe below 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.

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein 41

Fat 41

Carbs 9

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken bone, chicken heart, chicken liver, chicken gizzard, green beans, broccoli, squash, salt, potassium chloride, vitamin E, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide, vitamin D3

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs

Guaranteed Analysis

12% 12% NA

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 fourth ingredient 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 a consumed food. This item is considered a canine dietary delicacy.

The sixth ingredient includes 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 Raw Frozen Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Bravo! Balance 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 41%, a fat level of 41% and estimated carbohydrates of about 9%.

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%.

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. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Bottom line?

Bravo! Balance is a meat-based raw frozen dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.

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.