Nutra Thrive Review: Legit or Hype?

By J.R. Duren
HighYa Staff
Published on: Jan 9, 2019

Nutra Thrive from Ultimate Pet Nutrition is an all-natural, superfood pet supplement you add to your dog’s food that provides, the company claims, a balance between good and bad bacteria and promotes healthy digestions.

What makes the product unique is its widespread claimed effects on your dog’s health, which, according to the product’s website, helps your dog “live a long, happy life.”

The supplement is the creation of Dr. Gary Richter, “one of America’s most renowned holistic veterinarians,” the site says. Richter runs Ultimate Pet Nutrition, the company behind the supplement. At the time of publishing, the company’s only product was Nutra Thrive.

Richter is also the author of a book titled, “The Ultimate Pet Health Guide: Breakthrough Nutrition and Integrative Care for Dogs and Cats”. At the time of publishing, the book had 57 reviews on Amazon for an average rating of 4.3 stars.

The supplement seems to have all the pedigree you’d want out of a dietary supplement for your dog. However, it's going to take some deeper analysis to understand how the product works, what’s in it and what the American Kennel Club says about the possible side effects of this supplement.

We’ll also discuss Nutra Thrive’s pricing as well as our general thoughts about its pros and cons.

How to Use Nutra Thrive

This supplement comes in powdered form and is intended to be used at every meal. It’s flavored like bacon and includes a variety of “vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and digestive enzymes.”

You simply add the proper dosage to your dog’s bowl of food, pour in a bit of water into the bowl and then mix the food and supplement around until you can’t see the powder anymore and it’s evenly coating the food.

The website notes that you’ll need to stir your dogs’ food more if you can see any Nutra Thrive. If you need to add more water to finishing mixing the power in, go ahead.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the dosage suggestions that Nutra Thrive provides:

  • 0-30 lbs.: 1 scoop per meal
  • 30-50 lbs.: 1 ½ scoop per meal
  • 50+ lbs.: 2 scoops per meal

If your dog eats twice a day, then you give half the recommended dosage at each feeding.

This pretty much sums up how you’ll give your dog this supplement on a day-to-day basis.

As for which types of dogs can use this supplement, the website notes that it’s best-suited for any dogs that are suffering from conditions that “could be caused by insufficient nutrition.” An example of these conditions include, but aren’t limited to:

  • Bad smells
  • Flatulence
  • Tiredness
  • Abnormal stools
  • Achy joints
  • Anxiety
  • “Lackluster coat”

The real question is whether or not the ingredients in Nutra Thrive will work. We will address this in the next section.

Nutra Thrive’s Ingredients, Their Benefits, and Possible Side Effects

Nutra Thrive has three main groups of ingredients that they call the Superfoods Blend, Super Canine Blend and their Probiotic & Enzyme Blend.

The product’s website provides a photo of the back label, which allows you to see exactly which ingredients they include in each of the blends featured in the pet supplement. The following bullet points list some of the ingredients in each blend:

  • Superfoods Blend: Carrot, Reishi, shitake and maitake mushrooms, Methyl-sulfonylmethane , Spirulina, Chlorella
  • Super Canine Blend: Glutathione inactive yeast, Beef liver
  • Probiotic and Enzyme Blend: Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum
  • Vitamin and Mineral Blend: Kelp, Biotin, Riboflavin, Folic acid

Detailing each of the ingredients would be tedious, so we’ve done some research on one or two ingredients in each blend, or the blend in general.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) notes that mushrooms aren’t necessary for a dogs diet but that carrots are a great alternative.

“Dogs do not need mushrooms in their diet, so play it safe and give them a different reward, like a carrot stick or slice of apple, instead,” the AKC’s mushrooms page says.

If you are going to give your dog mushrooms, the AKC recommends giving them to your dog plain and without spices or oils, which Nutra Thrive does.

Glutathione is an antioxidant that earns high praise from Dr. Deva Khalsa, a homeopathic vet who wrote an article in Animal Wellness magazine about the ingredient’s benefits.

“Though small, glutathione is the uncontested king of antioxidants. Without it, all your dog’s cells would disintegrate and die from unrestrained oxidation,” Khalsa writes.

However, she goes on to say that the antioxidant is useless when ingested orally because the body digests it and excretes it before it can provide health benefits.

“Since this antioxidant is made up of three amino acids, the oral route of administration simply does not work because the glutathione is digested,” she wrote. “For example, asparagus contains more available glutathione than any other food, but the GI tract digests most of it.”

Probiotics are a booming industry for humans and they’re becoming a big deal in the pet world, too. The AKC says that probiotics can be helpful for your dog’s gastrointestinal tract, especially if they’re prone to getting diarrhea when they’re nervous or stressed.

However, the evidence the AKC presented about the anti-diarrheal powers of probiotics related to Bifidobacterium animalis and not the two bacteria in Nutra Thrive. They do point out, however, that Lactobacillus casei, which Nutra Thrive includes, is naturally present in your dog’s gut.

The final group of ingredients is the vitamin and mineral blend and It's here where we find a few ingredients proven to be beneficial for your pup. Biotin is well-known for helping create a shiny, lustrous coat and strengthen tendons and ligaments.

“Giving your dog food with biotin can aid with healthy skin and coat for your dog as well. However, biotin also does even more for dogs. Biotin supports connective tissue within your dog’s body as well,” dog-walking site Wag Walking noted in a post about biotin. “Naturally found in meats, dogs with a healthy diet will get the biotin they need from their high-quality dog food.”

We read a few sources that noted riboflavin can help with your dog’s coat, too.

As for folic acid, Dr. Barbara Forney, a veterinary practitioner in Pennsylvania, noted in a post for Wedgewood Pharmacy (for pets) that the ingredient has some very specific uses and that its effectiveness could be altered if your dog is taking certain drugs.

“Before administering supplemental folic acid … folate levels should be established,” she noted in a post about folate.

Based on our research, we believe the reputable sources we consulted indicate that some of the ingredients in Nutra Thrive will benefit your dog (biotin, for example) and some will pass through your pup’s digestive system without much effect on their health (glutathione).

As for side effects, we didn’t find any dangers related to the ingredients we focused on. For example, Forney noted that dogs will break down or pee out the excess folic acid they ingest.

Nutra Thrive’s Pricing

At the time of publishing, Nutra Thrive sold one 114-gram jar of their supplement for $69.99. Three jars were $188.97 and six jars were $356.95. All pricing tiers include shipping. The site also offered a new-customer promotion with pricing tiers of $49.99, $134.85 and $254.70, respectively.

Each jar has 30 scoops in it, which means dogs of 0-30 pounds will need one jar a month. Dogs weighing 31-50 pounds can get 20 days out of the jar and dogs weighing more than 50 pounds will get 15 days out of the jar.

So, if you have a big dog that requires two scoops per serving, you’ll need two jars to make it through the month. Over the course of one year, here’s how much Nutra Thrive would cost you based on their weight, assuming you buy six jars at a time and you get the new-customer discount on your first order:

  • Small dog (0-30 lbs.): $611.65
  • Medium dog (30-50 lbs.): 968.60
  • Large dogs (50+ lbs.): $1,325.55

Nutra Thrive’s fine print notes that it will take 10-15 days for the supplement to arrive after you order it.

If you aren’t happy with the supplement, you have 90 days from the day the product was shipped to start a return in order to get a refund.

According to the fine print, you’ll need to call Nutra Thrive’s customer service line at 800-604-5827 to get the return started. They note that, “your refund will be processed once your returned Product(s) has arrived at our shipping facility.”

How Nutra Thrive Compares to Other Dog Supplements

Nutra Thrive isn’t the first dog supplement we’ve reviewed. ActivPhy is the other competing products we’ve analyzed.

ActivPhy is available on Amazon and at Petco and they manufacture their bottles of chewable supplements based on your dog’s size. So, for smaller dogs (0-30 lbs.), you’ll get a 90-count jar and for bigger dogs (30+ lbs.) you’ll get a 75-count jar.

At the time of publishing, you could buy a 75-count jar for $24.99, which means that, over the course of one year, ActivPhy is a better value than Nutra Thrive. However, ActivPhy focuses on joint health, whereas Nutra Thrive focuses on overall health.

DOGgeviti is similar to ActivPhy in that it’s a far cheaper option than Nutra Thrive. For example, a year-long supply of the supplement for large dogs costs around $480. This particular supplement focuses on back, hip and joint pain, as well as anti-aging.

In general, we think that your choice of dog supplement has a lot to do with the conditions from which your dog is suffering. If he or she has joint pain, ActivPhy and DOGgeviti seem to be the better choices. If it’s overall health you want and you’re interested in pet probiotics, then Nutra Thrive could be the best option.

If it’s only probiotics you want, online pet stores like Chewy.com have a host of probiotics they offer that are as cheap as $10.99.

The Final Word: Our Thoughts About Nutra Thrive

After taking a few minutes to look over the analysis we did and to read through some expert sources who address supplements, we believe that Nutra Thrive has some clear strengths and weaknesses.

As for the strengths, Nutra Thrive has ingredients that can help your dog. For example, biotin is known to improve your dog’s coat and help with dry skin. Lactobacillus casei is a probiotic that may be able to help your dog with digestive issues like diarrhea.

However, there are other ingredients that experts say may not have a big effect – if any – on your dog’s health. For example, a vet noted that glutathione will pass through your dog’s body with little effect on your dog’s health. Folic acid could help your dog but you’d need to have your vet check your dog’s folic acid levels before taking Nutra Thrive, another vet pointed out.

And, there’s the issue of dog supplements in general. The AKC concludes that dog supplements can be helpful but there’s sparse research about the long-term effects.

“Whether herbal or lab-formulated, there is some evidence to suggest that supplements can be helpful. There has been little-to-no research on long-term effects, but some studies and anecdotal evidence have shown successful results, whether in the form of a shinier coat, peppier step, better digestion, or improved cognitive function.

» Recommended Reading: Dog Supplements 101: A Detailed Beginner’s Guide


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  • Helpful for Emaciated Feral Cat

    • Round Rock, TX,
    • Oct 23, 2019
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    Two indoor cats were already well-fed and sheltered, so it's hard to see any improvement. But the Nutra Thrive didn't hurt them.

    On the other hand, an outdoor feral female who has dropped two litters since Spring 2019 (it's now October) has shown improved energy and appearance of weight gain after about two months of Nutra Thrive supplementation. Her kittens appear to be healthy and active on Nutra Thrive and a wet fish diet. The father's coat seems shinier and healthier as we all prepare for colder weather.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    • Lodi, CA,
    • Oct 23, 2019
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    My cat is still adjusting to the Nutra Thrive, she seems to be walking a little better and not limping. She also has a thyroid problem and takes 5mg Methimazole twice a day. I find when I sprinkle a little of the Nutra Thrive she will eat everything. Sometimes she won't eat all her food so when I give her more than a pinch. She is an indoor cat that goes outside during the day. She is 15 years old.

    I will let you know if she does better.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Very satisfied with the results.

    • N. Chesterfield, VA,
    • Oct 23, 2019
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    Since giving my two cats Nutra Thrive, I’ve noticed that they are more active, their eyes are brighter, and they are more "talkative". One cat, Marbles, had a urinary tract infection. I was giving her antibiotics in addition to Nutra Thrive. At her most recent visit to the vet, the condition has cleared up and the vet wants to see Marbles in a month. I don’t know if the condition cleared because of the antibiotics, or the Nutra Thrive. In view of the amount of money I’ve spent, I’m placing my bet on Nutra Thrive. Both of my cats are female and 15 years old. They both run around like they are 1-year-olds. In closing, I thank you, Dr. Richter, for Nutra Thrive, and all that your product has done for my "babies". Marbles will not be returning to the vet in a month.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Amazing

    • Albuquerque, NM,
    • Oct 22, 2019
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    I am very skeptical about things but I am not ready to give up on my 14-year-old Sophie. She has been my hiking companion for many years. When my vet told me she had arthritis and should no longer be hiking long distances I was devastated. Not only for me but her because you can see the joy that hiking brings to her. I got a puppy to work up for being my distance hiking companion but two weeks after starting Nutra Thrive I saw her turn back into a puppy. The spirit in her steps and she actually wants to play with the puppy now.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    My dog Chuck's bad breath.

    • West Virginia,
    • Oct 22, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    I am a man of few words and will try to give you a 180 characters. The vitamin mixture I got from you is working very good on the bad breath issue I was having. Chuck seems to now be hungry all the time now and I wonder why and is that a good or bad thing? Going into purchasing your product I was not sure what to expect and as I said getting rid of his breath problem has made me happy since I drive a small car. A reorder is about to happen but if I could ask is there a part of your product that helped in Chuck's breath?

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    So far so good

    • Fort Collins, CO,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    We’ve been using for almost a month and can see some results but think it’s too early to see major results. Hoping it’ll be great added supplemental to incorporate into their diet. We also changed their diet as well to home-cooked. So definitely seeing better results.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    Chiffy

    • Pahrump, NV,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    Our old man dog, Mischief aka Chiffy, has been so lethargic due to his old age aches and pains (hips and joints). His vitality has picked up...his mobility has increased and his stamina has picked up. See an improvement in his overall vitality.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 1 out 1 people found this review helpful

    The best for my dogs!

    • Grove, OK,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    I’ve been worried about my 2 older dogs as they are really getting a smell to their breath, low energy, and it made me think I might not have much time with them left. I happened to see an ad for Ultimate Per Nutrition. I spent hours reading and researching and bought some. On the second day, the results were remarkable. My oldest dog, chihuahua/Jack Russell Mix (age 11) jumped off my high-boy bed and ran to the door to be let out. I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been helping him down for so long and his days are spent sleeping under the covers or otherwise slumbering. My 9-year-old English Cream Dachshund began having the same energy level. We are on our second month of using this product and are hooked. Their fur has a platinum sheen to it, the odor breath has minimized, joint health improved and they act like younger dogs again. Thank you. Thank you for creating this incredible product Nutra Thrive!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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    Nutra Thrive

    • Hot Springs Village, AR,
    • Oct 21, 2019
    • Verified Reviewer

    Boomer has been on it since I received it, he is on a full scoop two times a day. I split his food in half in the morning and the other in the afternoon. He seems to like it. I feed Fresh Pet and mash it in his food and he eats it all up. He'll be 7 years old on the 6th of November and is doing great on it. Am glad I saw your video and purchased your product.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • We love Nutra Thrive

    • Aurora, CO,
    • Oct 21, 2019
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    Our 12-year-old dog has more energy after using Nutra Thrive for only a couple of months. He loves the taste and we love that he is happier, feeling more playful, and wants to walk more often. I also love the interesting and informative emails.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • Very happy with the results.

    My Mocha loves it! I was surprised at how quickly she finished eating! She's lost some weight and has become more active, playing with my little one. So far, so good Ultimate Pet!

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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