This product caused a serious adverse reaction in my dog, the company continues to charge my account on a recurring fee. Yes, it is too good to be true.
I tried Nutra Thrive a month ago after reading all of the great reviews and watching a compelling video. Just like anybody who would use this product, my dog's health is a very high priority. And that's exactly what this company preys on. People like me who would pay just about anything for my dog's well-being are complete suckers for this product. It's a waste of money (there are others that are a fraction of the price) and it's dangerous. I have the vet bill to prove it.
The first day I added it to his food, I let my dog smell it before I sprinkled it into the bowl. He turned away immediately. It smelled like grass actually. It turned the food a dark green color when mixed in, as well, but I wasn't concerned about that. My dog was a bit resistant to eat at first, but he acclimated.
After about a week on the product, my dog began scratching persistently, rubbing on furniture, and shaking his head. I didn't suspect the Nutra Thrive at first, and gave my dog a bath. The bath did not relieve the itching. After three days, the symptoms were so severe, he wasn't eating or sleeping. I took him to my veterinarian on an emergency visit, and I brought the Nutra Thrive with me, because nothing in the environment or his food was changed, except for the Nutra Thrive. When I showed it to my veterinarian, he told me to immediately discontinue use, and my dog was having a severe allergic reaction. Nutra Thrive isn't based on science, rather it's based on Dr. Richter's personal experience.
He treated my dog with allergy shots and prescribed an ointment for his infected ear. After a few days off Nutra Thrive, he returned to normal, and his ear was healed up in about a week. Luckily, my dog is ok now. Although I have two unopened jars at home, I put this all behind me and moved on, until today.
Today, I received an email, confirming that ANOTHER order (that I DID NOT ORDER) has been shipped. According to USPS, the shipment had not yet been received by USPS when I checked the tracking number., though.
First, I didn't / wouldn't order this product again, and I wouldn't need any, even if I did want to re-order. My dog is 30 pounds. Three jars is a three month supply. So if I were to reorder, I wouldn't have needed another shipment until September. When I contacted customer service and told them I didn't order this and my account should not have been charged, they hung up on me - TWICE.
When I called the third time, a gentleman told me that he'd have to send a return authorization form and I'll have to mail the product when I receive it - even though USPS hadn't even picked it up from their warehouse yet. I pointed out that USPS shows that it hasn't even been scanned yet, so it must still be at their facility. He said he'd try a pre-ship cancellation, but didn't think it would work. (What???)
I explained that I was unhappy with the product, and that it caused a severe reaction in my dog. He said he's received training on Adverse Event Reporting, but had never heard of any reactions like this. He didn't take an Adverse Event Report for this event.
I work with the US FDA on a daily basis, and I'm well versed in adverse event reporting requirements. I was surprised that the gentleman who took my call chose not to complete the AER. If your dog or cat experiences any kind of reaction after starting this supplement, you should discontinue use immediately. Adverse reactions to food and food supplements should be reported to the manufacturer AND to the US FDA. If your pet has experienced issues with this supplement, please submit a complaint on the FDA website in the Pet Food Safety Reporting Portal. https://www.fda.gov/animal-veterinar...food-complaint
The customer service representative also told me that I was (unknowingly) subscribed to receive monthly shipments. I never saw anything indicating I would be receiving monthly shipments, or I wouldn't have ordered it. My bank told me about this type of scam in the past. They see this all the time. Companies will put in the fine print that you're subscribing to something and you end up with monthly charges on your account.
I only live at the address they're shipping to part-time. I won't even be here when it does arrive, so they'll leave it at the door where it'll sit for around 10 days, unless it's stolen first.
1. I do not recommend this product. Please consult your vet and discuss the ingredients before you try this product.
2. If your pet has experienced any type of adverse reaction, please submit a report to the US FDA Pet Food Safety Reporting Portal.
3. If you order anything from this company, be sure to read the fine print. They will charge you monthly. Be prepared to deal with rude customer service representatives, and uncooperative people. The gentleman I spoke with was very polite and professional, although he failed to take an Adverse Event Report, and did not inform me of the 90 Day guarantee.