Bravo Homestyle Complete (Freeze-Dried)

(5 / 5)
Bravo Homestyle Complete (Freeze-Dried)

The Bravo Homestyle Complete product line includes three freeze-dried raw recipes.

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 Homestyle Complete Beef Dinner [A]
  • Bravo Homestyle Complete Pork Dinner [A]
  • Bravo Homestyle Complete Turkey Dinner [A]

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

 

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
Method Protein Fat Carbs

Guaranteed Analysis

38% 9% NA

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.

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.