If you missed our previous posts about this dog food, you can read about Bravo Pet Foods HERE and transitioning your pet to a raw diet HERE.
Because this was my first experience with feeding a raw diet of any kind, I wanted to go over some of the pros and cons that I experienced with the trial.
Pros and Cons of Feeding a Freeze Dried Raw Diet to Your Dog
First, I'll discuss to pros and all the good stuff about feeding Shiner Bravo Homestyle Complete for the past couple of months. There are definitely more pros than cons for me, but here is a list of what we experienced.
- Tastes Good. What good is a dog food if the dog won't eat it? While Shiner is not a picky eater, she absolutely adores her meals of Bravo Homestyle Complete more than other dry kibble diets she has eaten in the past. It smells delicious to me - like the aroma of a home-cooked stew on the stove.
- Healthy. The food is made with premium ingredients that I am more than comfortable feeding my dog. The meat is raised without any added hormones or antibiotics. There are no artificial, colors, flavors, or preservatives. It's also grain and gluten free. It's keeping Shiner an active, healthy, senior dog!
|I'm a healthy and active senior dog!|
- Made in the USA. Bravo Homestyle Complete Dinners for Dogs are made in the USA by a family-owned company.
- No need to refrigerate or freeze. My freezer is already full, and therefore I have no room for a lot of frozen meats to feed the dog. This freeze dried raw food can be kept on the shelf at room temperature, making it easy to store and travel with.
- Easy to feed. One of the reasons I was apprehensive about trying a raw diet with my dog was because I didn't want to get it wrong. Bravo Homestyle Complete Dinners for Dogs does most of the work for me, and I don't need to worry about adding the proper supplements to my dog's diet. All I have to do is add water and feed. A freeze dried raw diet is a great place to start for beginner raw feeders.
- Dog poop. All dogs poop, but one of the biggest changes I've noticed with Shiner's poop in particular is that it is more firm and formed than it was in the past.
- Cost. The price of Shiner's freeze dried raw diet is more than a bag of dry kibble dog food. However, even if I were unable to afford to feed Bravo Homestyle Complete Dinners for Dogs to Shiner exclusively, I would still want to fit it into her diet. Even if it was just partially. The pros greatly outweigh the cons in this case.
- Waiting. To prepare Shiner's meals, I must add warm water and wait about 15 minutes for the food to re-hydrate. Shiner absolutely hates waiting for the food and starts to get really antsy.
|Is it ready to eat yet?!|
- Not as "easy" as feeding kibble. Wait - didn't I just say freeze dried raw food was easy to prepare? Yes, it is. BUT, it's only slightly less easy to prepare than kibble. Really not much of a con, unless you are trying to rush out the door and realize you've forgotten to fill the dog's food bowl or something.
I would describe our experience feeding a freeze dried raw diet as positive. The cons in this case are mostly just minor complaints that are not that big of a deal for me. I plan to continue adding Bravo Homestyle Complete Dinners for Dogs to Shiner's diet in the future. (She would probably hate me if I didn't!)
If you are interested in trying a raw food diet with your dog or cat, I recommend visiting Bravo's website for some helpful information. You can follow Bravo Pet Foods on Facebook to stay up to date with them.
Bravo Homestyle Complete Giveaway
Since we've been discussing this food for quite some time now, it would only be proper to have a giveaway for our readers to try some! One winner will win 3 pouches of Bravo Homestyle Complete and 3 cans of Bravo Canned Diets for either cats or dogs. This giveaway is open to US residents only (void where prohibited by law), ages 18+, and ends on January 17th, 2015 at 11:59 PM CT. Good luck!
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Bravo Pet Foods has provided us with free food and treats in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are our own. Bravo Pet Foods is not responsible for the content of this article.