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Nutra Thrive

Overall Rating

4.5

1125 Customer Reviews

Summary

Nutra Thrive is a dog supplement that is designed to help your dog fight aging, strengthen their digestive system, fortify connective tissue, and have a healthy, happy life.

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Nutra Thrive Review: A Detailed Look

By HighYa Editorial Team

Updated on: Sep 14, 2020

Nutra Thrive from Ultimate Pet Nutrition is an all-natural pet supplement that you add to your dog’s food that is claimed to provide a balance between good and bad bacteria to promote healthy digestions.

It comes in a 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, and then mix the food and supplement around until you can’t see the powder anymore and it’s evenly coating the food.

The dosage suggestions that Nutra Thrive provides are:

  • 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.

The company 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:

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

Ingredients: Benefits and Safety

Nutra Thrive has three main groups of ingredients that the company calls the Superfoods Blend, Super Canine Blend, and Probiotic and Enzyme Blend.

The product’s label reveals the following list of key ingredients:

  • Superfoods Blend: Carrot; reishi, shiitake and maitake mushroom blend; 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 researched key ingredients in each blend.

The American Kennel Club (AKC) notes that mushrooms aren’t necessary for a dog’s 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 states.

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.

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, said 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 further noted.

To summarize, 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).

The above ingredients are considered generally safe.

Pricing

Nutra Thrive is priced at:

  • 1 jar: $69.99
  • 3 jars: $188.97
  • 6 jars: $356.95

The 114-gram jar has 30 scoops, 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:

  • Small dog (0–30 lbs.): $713.90
  • Medium dog (30–50 lbs.): $1,070.85
  • Large dogs (50+ lbs.): $1,427.80

The company states 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.

The Bottom Line

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.”

Customer Reviews

4.5 Stars out of 1125 Reviews
5 Star:71% 4 Star:19% 3 Star:2% 2 Star:0% 1 Star:4%
93% Recommend This Product
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Posted on Feb 26, 2021

Pup with sensitive tummy doing great!

By Anne D., Decatur, GA, Verified Reviewer

My 9-month-old Goldendoodle pup is doing great, after an early episode of gastroenteritis and partial blockage because she just inhaled everything she could get her mouth on! Currently still on a hydrolyzed kibble from our vet, with Nutra Thrive as her main supplement, she is doing great, still growing like crazy, with a soft and luscious coat.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Easy to use

My pup likes it

Effective

It is still a bit pricey

Posted on Feb 25, 2021

My dog likes it!

By Amy S., Long Beach, CA, Verified Reviewer

I have been adding this powder to my dog food twice a day. She likes the taste. I have not noticed much difference in her behavior. She still has the same amount of playful energy that she did before. There is no remarkable difference in her that I can tell.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Dog liked the taste

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on Feb 25, 2021

My renewed girl

By Cynthia B., New Freedom, PA, Verified Reviewer

Dr. Gary, thank you from the bottom of my heart for developing such a life-changing formula. So easy to mix in and my Shaka loves. I adopted Shaka almost 3 years ago. They guessed her age to be 5’ish. For the past year or so she has been having problems with her back legs and hips. Well, let me tell you, after about 3 weeks of giving Shaka Nutra Thrive she is acting like a 3-year-old. Yesterday we had about 6” of snow. Shaka was out running and playing for about 40 minutes. I have never seen her be so playful. I can see it in her eyes, she has a spark! I am so thankful and happy I found you. Thank you for all you do for our animal family.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Change in activity

My dog loves the taste

Easy to feed

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on Feb 24, 2021

Dog loves it

By Carol C., Union, MO, Verified Reviewer

Cleo loves the nutritional supplements on her dry food. She will lick the bowl clean. Her poo is much better. But that is the only change.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Pros and Cons

Eats it well

Poo has changed, not so stinky

Did not calm her down

She still bites on herself

She plays rougher

Scratches all night long

Posted on Feb 24, 2021

Can't believe her energy level!

By Laura L., Los Angeles, CA, Verified Reviewer

Lucy is my 7-year-old boxer. She eats very healthily, plus I cook organic meat and veggies and brown rice for her. For breakfast I give her eggs and yogurt with her dog food.

Within 3 days of giving her Nutra Thrive she runs longer and plays more with her golden retriever friend. We walk dogs on Thursdays with 3 other dogs and she has more energy than all of them. I'm grateful for you and your product.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Convenience

What's in it

My dog does well with it

No “cons” were specified in this review

Posted on Feb 24, 2021

No noticeable changes, but doing good.

By Shelly T., Oxford, MI, Verified Reviewer

My Golden Retriever did great taking this added to his food. He actually likes it I think. I haven’t seen any noticeable differences, but it is winter here in MI and we aren’t able to get out and get regular exercise like we normally do. I feel like it is something good to give to him though, like we take vitamins for our health. The product is pretty expensive, so I’m probably not going to purchase more. If it was a bit more affordable I would continue to use.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Easy to use

Dog liked it

Doing well health wise

Pricing

Posted on Feb 24, 2021

Remarkable results

By Marie-Paule B., New Brunswick, Canada, Verified Reviewer

My dog is a Border Coller. She is 11 years old. I wanted to try your products because Maggie got a problem with her hips. She's having trouble getting up. Since a year and half I was giving her glucosamine with chondroitin and with a measure of Curcuma. When I saw your advertisement I wanted to give it a try.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Fast results

Smell

Posted on Feb 24, 2021

I noticed a difference

By Michael S., LaPlace, LA, Verified Reviewer

Almost immediately, after starting our Doberman Pinschers on Nutra Thrive, I noticed an observable difference in their stool firmness, reduced emissions, and, for our female, who has always had a more coarse coat, a smoother and silkier coat.

There was very little hesitancy at introduction but once they had tried it, they seemed to love the added flavor to their meal.

That said and despite all of the positive effects mentioned, my wife objected to the cost to feed it to our two large dogs daily ($150/month) so, with that, we ended our trial. But, if you can afford the price, I’d recommend this product to augment your dog’s nutritional requirements.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

It worked as promised

Easy to use

Applied directly to existing kibble

Price

Posted on Feb 23, 2021

Pet nutrition products

By Elsie Y., Los Angeles, CA, Verified Reviewer

All my dogs have good health and are very active. They love this product and I don’t have any problems giving it to them. Before I was feeding them one by one but now they eat by themselves, and they are not picky with the food anymore.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Posted on Feb 23, 2021

Dog loves Nutra Thrive

By Emily C., Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada, Verified Reviewer

My dog loves Nutra Thrive. I have only used it for over 2 weeks and I can see she has a softer coat and seems to have more energy.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Easy to scoop

Ok smell

Dog likes it

Costs too much for Canadians like me

Very small amount

Posted on Feb 23, 2021

Duke

By Darrel C., Conroe, TX, Verified Reviewer

Duke's gas is way down, stomach problems have disappeared and he is feeling like a young pup again. Duke will be 13 in April.

Length of Use: Less than 3 months

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

Pros and Cons

Ease of use

The simple way to put on the food

Always the right amount

He is not as smelly

No “cons” were specified in this review

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