Brutus Bone Broth Reviews For Dogs
When you're looking for an addition to your pet's diet, you must get the highest quality you can find. In fact, many bone broths for dogs are human grade. What about Brutus?
Well, your search through misinformation is over. Because you are finally going to read an honest Brutus Bone Broth review.
Learn about the confusing ingredients they use to enhance the taste and just how much protein is in it. Spoiler alert: not enough to get any health benefits.
Why care what I think? Well, I've made over 250,000L of bone broth in the last 6 years. I know exactly how to make it, how much protein it must have and what brands do to take shortcuts.
I'll tell you exactly what to look out for on the ingredients list and nutrition facts. With this information, you'll be able to cut through marketing hype and find out for yourself if any product is worthy of you or you furry friends routine.
Before we dive in, I'll mention that if you are looking for a product recommendation, look no further than Bluebird Provisions Instant Bone Broth.
As you'll read below, Bluebird is over double the protein with no confusing ingredients to mess with your dog's digestion. Just honest bone broth nourishment, and nothing else. Especially great for picky eaters.
Brutus Broth Overview
Brutus bone broth is a dog food business that started in 2016. They make a variety of dog food biscuits, powder and liquid bone broth products. You can keep the products in your pantry because they are shelf stable. The liquid one should be placed in the fridge after opening.
You can find them in store or online. The new 'on the go' products are positioned as single serve for your convenience, ease of use and preference. The problem with single serve is the waste issues.
Bone Broth for Dogs Health Benefits
Bone broth benefits for dogs include building stronger joints, teeth, nails, coat health and skin plus a host of immune system boosting and longevity benefits. The benefits are because of the naturally occurring collagen, chondroitin sulfate, glucosamine and other minerals found within it.
These potent nutrients help keep healthy joints (hip protection), skin and hair. Their coat will be shinning like you've never seen it before. It also helps reduce inflammation and strengthen their bone density to prevent age-related ailments. Fun fact: there is not a lot of calcium in it, contrary to popular belief.
If you are not familiar, it is a rich and beneficial liquid from simmering chicken or beef bones. It is a great way to provide your dog with extra protein, hydration (potassium, magnesium) and rare amino acids (for detoxification) they do not get from their regular food.
The catch is that you must be using a real, traditionally made bone broth made from raw bones. Or else your puppy will not get any superfood benefits.
Is Brutus good for dogs?
Brutus is not good for dogs because of the added filler ingredients like yeast extract and natural flavors. These are commonly used in hyper processed foods. In my opinion, they do not belong in your dog's diet.
Bone broth should be human grade to avoid risk of dog's health. Most bone broth you find from dog food brands do not pass the quality test for dogs because of the low protein, additives, corn, gains and high sodium.
Read my report on the 6 absolute best bone broths for dogs this year.
How do you use Brutus bone broth?
Brutus recommends that you use it as a supplement to your dogs dry food. You can serve 2 tbsp to 1/4 cup (per 25 lb) of broth on top of or mixed into their regular meal plan.
It can be used warm or cold. If you warm it up, be careful to cool it to comfort before serving. Some pet owners use it to reconstitute dehydrated food in one container.
Be careful not to use too much too soon as this causes diarrhea. They have delicate systems that require a gradual transition to get used to new remedies. If you notice low energy, try using less or stopping.
Brutus Dog Bone Broth Nutrition
Brutus has a growing product portfolio from liquid to treats to powder. For the sake of this review, we'll stick to their liquid and dehydrated products.
Let's start with the liquid. Note that these require refrigeration after opening.
Brutus Beef Bone Broth
Brutus Beef is 1.25% protein which is very low for a bone broth. If you calculated this to grams per cup, you would get 2.9 grams.
This is about 1/3rd the amount you see in other top bone broths (read the review). In fact, real bone broth must have at least 7 g protein per cup. Otherwise you are or your pet are not getting any real benefits.
You'll also get 0.5% fat and 0.5% fiber. Nothing wrong with that.
Brutus Chicken Bone Broth
The chicken version has the same low crude protein as the beef at 1.25% and also similar fat (0%) and fiber (0.5%).
Brutus Pork Bone Broth
The pork has even lower protein than the other two with similar fat and fiber.
Dehydrated Beef Packets
Brutus on the go Beef is 38% protein. Why is this number so different from the liquid? Seems high right? Wrong.
Since this is a dehydrated powder, almost all of the moisture is removed. This leaves just the solid components, aka the powder itself to make up a higher percentage of the total.
The rule of thumb for powder is above 90% protein. This one is less than half of that. Meaning there are lots of extras put into the formula that take away from the collagen protein.
They don't have to list the carbohydrates but that is exactly what is in this product.
The chicken is the same as the beef. Fat and fiber make up 1% with moisture at around 7%. What makes up the missing 53%? Carbs. Let's look at the ingredients below to figure out what is actually in this thing.
Brutus Bone Broth Ingredients
There are a lot of ingredients in Brutus bone broth. Both the liquid and powder versions use natural flavors, yeast extract and a few other strange inputs to enhance the taste. Some canines have allergies to them.
Let's go through each one by one. Anything with a red underline is something that I'd recommend that you pay attention to and I'll explain further below. You'll want to read it, trust me.
Beef ingredients include vegetable broth, salt, beef flavor, yeast, potato starch, natural flavors.
I want to love this product but the lack of human-grade ingredients makes it really difficult. As you can see below, there are more words underlined in red than not. This is concerning.
Chicken ingredients are:
Chicken Bone Broth, Natural Flavor (contains Torula Yeast), Organic Potato Starch, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Salt, Sweet Potato Powder, Yeast Extract, Carrot Powder, Organic Chicken Flavor, Chondroitin Sulfate, Turmeric.
These include powder from vegetables and stuff to increase the shelf life.
Pork Bone Broth, Natural Flavor (Contains Torula Yeast), Salt, Sweet Potato Powder, Carrot Powder, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Yeast Extract, Tomato Powder, Chondroitin Sulfate, Turmeric.
Beef On The Go
This one includes natural flavors, potato starch, salt, yeast, beef flavor and more powders.
Chicken On The Go
As you can see from the list, not much different from what we've seen above. I will mention that these are convenient for travel.
Red Flag Ingredients Explained
As I said above, unfortunately there are a lot of red flag ingredients in Brutus bone broth. These are not banned or unsafe by the FDA, but they are what experienced shoppers cares about.
I'm going to guess that if you are reading this you know about broth and the healing properties. Added ingredients destroy many of these benefits. Let's go through each.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration as defines natural flavors as:
"anything that adds flavor to a food that is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root or leaf."
Well if they aren't made from those listed above, then what are they made from? Enzymes, chemicals, yeast and synthesized spices. They add a delicious taste to any food while hiding behind the 'natural' name.
In reality, the FDA has no guidelines for using the term 'natural,' so it is a useless marketing term.
If your dog is sensitive to grains, corn and others, they are likely going to be sensitive to these.
Torula is a deactivated yeast called C utilis, used in the paper mill industry to convert wood products into paper. Though its edible, it taste very good and is mostly used in dog food and as a smoky flavor in cooking.
A thickener used in many food products. This is used as a filler to help bind stuff together and simply adds carbs to the nutrition without providing any benefits.
Another form of yeast that is commonly used in processed foods like meat and fake meat products. It helps improve the taste and get that umami meat flavor.
Self explanatory. Not sure why it's added.
Chicken / Beef Flavor
Made in similar ways to the ingredients above. They are used in place of real poultry and cow products because they are available at a fraction of the cost.
These are likely making up for taste deficiencies.
Another confusing ingredient. Why is this in an animal based product?
Sick of reading these and want to try making it yourself? Checkout my simple bone broth recipe.
What are the customer reviews for Brutus bone broth?
Some customers were disappointed with the broth's ingredient quality. Other's reported that their dogs liked the taste while others found they did not care for it.
Brutus Bone Broth Reviews
Let's dig into some honest Brutus bone broth reviews from real customers. Now we can't just look at any review from their website. Why? Brand have 100% control over their own website, they can remove bad feedback.
I'm not saying this is the case here, but we are looking for unbiased information. And the only place for that online is 3rd party websites like Amazon and Chewy.
Let's look at Amazon first. Now it has it's downsides like strange customer complaints, but it gives us a good overview.
One reviewer loved the product and their pet did too!
Another customer review mentioned that their pup didn't drink or eat their food with the broth on it. They tried other dog food brand with success.
Finally we have L. Hunter who was a big confused as to why their dog didn't like it. What a shame!
Other reviews were good and bad. Keep in mind, these give you but a snapshot of what is really going on. But it is good to see some positives.
Now let's turn to Chewy for more feedback
Chewy is an online market specializing in pet food. Like Amazon but for only pets. Typically these shoppers are a bit more friendly in terms of reviews and feedback than Amazon.
One reviewer left 5 stars and said the following:
My rescue dog wasn’t drinking much water so I bought this product to add to her nutritional diet and liquid intake. I pour it over her food add a touch of water and Tah Dah. She loves it. Just what we wanted.
Another reviewer left 2 stars with this feedback:
I was surprised...
I was really excited to try this product. Unfortunately, my dog did not like this broth. I tried adding it to her kibble a couple of times and even heated it up once. I ended up having to throw the food out. So I tried it with my daughter's dog and he wouldn't eat it either. I really wasn't expecting them not to like it.
Brutus Bone Broth Cost
Brutus bone broth costs $20.99 per two pack on Amazon for the liquid carton. This works out to $5.25 per pound or about $0.4 per 1/4 cup serving. One pack is two pounds of 907 grams, so in a two pack you will get about 30 servings.
The 'On The Go' version works out to $1.70 per 6 gram serving. This is pricey if you are planning on giving it to your dog or cat daily.
Brutus vs Other Brands
How does Brutus stack up against traditional brands? We'll compare the 'on the go chicken' version to Bluebird Provisions' Instant Chicken.
Bluebird is a popular brand online and Amazon known for their simple recipe and high quality ingredients for canine health.
As you can see from the first chart below, Bluebird has over double the protein than Brutus. This is because it is a single ingredient source. Only protein and nothing else.
Fat and fiber are similar. The other thing that jumps out is the price at the bottom. Bluebird costs almost 7 times less.
The missing thing here is sodium. Bluebird has 60 mg and Brutus has 50 mg per serving.
Now if we turn to the what is in these two products you will see the following. Many of the inputs I already talked at length about above.
Check out Bluebird and notice there is one thing in it: animal bones, a dog diet staple.
I have one rescue dog and another pure-bred. Both of them absolutely love Bluebird in their meals. The poodle is the pickiest eater. It's the one thing that got him consistently eating and his body weight up.
The husky / shepherd mix eats anything and he loves it too :).
The other thing is the waste associated with single use plastics. Bluebird gives you about 60 servings per package. And their packaging is 100% recyclable making it the far more eco friendly option.
Can puppies have Brutus bone broth?
According to the manufacturer, puppies can have Brutus bone broth. Always be careful with dosage and start with a low amount like 2 tbsp (this is what they recommend). You can consult your vet before trying it.
Brutus has product labelled as bone broth, but when you really look into them, there is confusing stuff in it that you don't typically find in other broths.
Lots of strange inputs that add carbs and take away from protein and a few things that pets with food sensitivities may take issue with.
Do you have any questions or another pet food product you want me to test and review? Leave a comment and let me know.