Nutra Complete Reviews

Nutra Complete from Ultimate Pet Nutrition is a freeze dried dog food that's growing in popularity amongst dog owners looking to improve their dog’s health.

Ultimate Pet Nutrition is a premium brand launched by Dr. Gary Richter, a veterinarian that decided to develop pet products based on his years of firsthand experience.

He states his company uses only the highest quality ingredients and the latest pet nutrition science to develop their foods and supplements.

However, this high quality comes with a hefty price tag; below we take a closer look at the ingredients and product claims to see if it’s really worth the cost.

Benefits of Freeze Dried Dog Food

Proponents of raw/freeze dried foods, such as Nutra Complete, claim there are incredible benefits to this way of eating versus traditional kibble.

This belief stems from the fact that regular kibble is subjected to extremely high levels of heating and over processing leading to a degradation of nutrition and a host of other negative issues.

Dr. Richter states that this high heat super cooking leads to the creation of Advanced Glycation End Products (AGEs).  While this is a new field of study, there is research to support these assertions.

These compounds are formed when proteins are cooked in the presence of sugars, often occurring during many common food processing techniques for both pet and human food.

The accumulation of AGEs in the body has been linked with chronic inflammatory diseases in humans and other species.

However this is exacerbated in dogs, with one study showing that these compounds were found at levels 122 times higher for dogs than the average intake for adult humans.

Most likely because dogs eat the same food or type of food for the duration of their lives, which is a good reason to carefully research your dog’s food.

Nutra Complete is also formulated with added fruits, vegetables, vitamins and minerals to meet the Food Nutrient Profiles set by The Association of American Feed Control (AAFCO).

The end result is a food which mimics what your dog’s ancestor might have eaten in the wild and can be served one of two ways.

The feeding instructions state that the food can be served dry or with water added (two cups of water per one cup of food).

Concerns With Freeze Dried Foods

Freeze dried dog foods & treats are intended to offer the benefits of a raw food diet with the convenience of kibble.

Yet there is still an ongoing debate about the benefits vs risks of raw feeding, and most vets avoid recommending them due to several concerns.

The first being the increased risk of exposure to harmful bacteria like Salmonella, Campylobacter, and E. coli.  This applies to both pets and their owners as the bacteria can spread in the places it's handled, your dog’s saliva, and their waste.

Since freeze dried dog foods are never cooked, they potentially carry the same risks associated with consuming/handling any raw meat.

One often cited raw dog food study concluded that “Bacterial contamination is common in commercially available raw meat diets…”.  However, to be fair, that study did also find non-type-specific Escherichia coli in the non raw food they tested.

Also of interest, one small sample size study found that “The freezing and drying processes may reduce, but not eradicate, the bacterial contamination in raw pet food.”

However, despite veterinary protests and FDA warnings, the drive to feed dogs a more “primal” diet is strong, and is reinforced by the belief that dogs should eat like wolves, which is further propagated by companies’ marketing campaigns.

Proponents of raw feeding will point out that the high acidic contents of dog’s saliva and digestive tracts are adept at neutralizing ingested bacteria.

Stating that if you treat your pet’s raw foods with the same precautions as you would handling any raw meat you will avoid many of these dangers.

Furthermore, many of the high profile pet food recalls have come from non freeze dried standard commercial dog foods.

Nutra Complete Ingredients

Nutra complete is made with real ingredients, making it appropriate for puppies or adult dogs.  The elements that make up each serving size include:

  • Beef
  • Beef Liver
  • Beef Kidney
  • Beef Bone (Ground)
  • Flax Seed
  • Dried Kelp
  • Blueberry
  • Carrot
  • Sweet Potato
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Chicory
  • Salt
  • Cranberry
  • Yeast Culture
  • Pumpkin Seed
  • Ginger
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Taurine
  • Zinc Amino Acid Complex
  • Inulin
  • Diatomaceous Earth
  • Iron Amino Acid Complex
  • Vitamin E Supplement
  • Yucca Schidigera Extract
  • Niacin Supplement
  • Copper Amino Acid Complex
  • L-Carnitine
  • Manganese Amino Acid Complex
  • d-Calcium Pantothenate
  • Thiamine Mononitrate
  • Sodium Selenite
  • Vitamin A Supplement
  • Riboflavin Supplement
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Biotin
  • Vitamin B12 Supplement
  • Folic Acid
  • Vitamin D3 Supplement
  • Mixed Tocopherols (Preservatives)

Cost and Price Plans

Nutra Complete comes in a bag size of 16-ounces, shipped directly to your home.  Although you can purchase one at a time, you are privy to a significant discount if you are buying in bulk.

  • One Bag - $$59.95
  • Three Bags - $170.85
  • Six Bags - $323.70

Nutra Complete is also covered by a 90-day refund guarantee.  Therefore, if your dog doesn’t like the food or you are not happy with your purchase, you can request to have your money refunded to you.

Customer Service

Ultimate Pet Nutrition offers several forms of contact for any customer service issues you may encounter, including a refund request.

Phone Number: 800-604-5827
Email: [email protected]

However, there have been some complaints from customers regarding the lack of human interaction that they get when they call the provided phone number.

At times they have only received an automated response and have struggled to connect with a representative of the company.

Online Customer Reviews & Complaints

Ultimate Pet Nutrition, the company behind Nutra Complete, has very high customer ratings on several platforms with a 4.7-star average for the company on one popular review site, with many customers praising the effects the food has had on their pets.

Additionally, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) rates the company with 4.2 stars, with minimal complaints and an A+ accreditation.

Because Ultimate Pet Nutrition products are primarily sold through their website there are a limited number of retailer reviews.

Positive customer reviews on Reviewopedia mentioned the joint support that the food provides to their pets and the lack of recalls (at this time) that the company has experienced.

The complaints for Nutra Complete mainly center around the product's extremely high cost.  If served as your dog's main food it would probably be too expensive for most customers.

Competitors and Alternatives

Several products are similar to Nutra Complete in what they provide, including the following:

Nutra Complete vs. Dr. Marty - Both product lines come as freeze dried and can be served in various ways.  However, Dr. Marty’s has a smaller ingredient list than Nutra Complete.

Nutra Complete vs. The Farmer’s Dog - The Farmer’s Dog is not freeze dried but is personalized to your pet’s health and nutrition needs.  Each feeding comes pre-packaged with no additional effort needed.

Nutra Complete vs. Ollie - Like The Farmer’s Dog, Ollie is pre-packaged and fresh, not dried.  However, their meals are cooked at low temperatures to retain the nutrients.

Where to Buy Nutra Complete Dog Food?

Nutra Complete is sold in select west coast retailers.  You can check their website to find a possible option near you.

The Bottom Line

It can be challenging to find the right pet food for your dog.  You want the best for them, but you also don’t know what they will like or what they need nutritionally.

Furthermore, the endless debate between raw or cooked food often leaves customers even more confused and under the influence of scare tactics from both sides.

While there is scientific evidence to support both arguments, one area where both can agree is that ingredient and manufacturing quality are crucial.

So you should try to find brands that use USA sourced proteins, adhere to the best practice manufacturing standards, and meet AAFCO nutritional guidelines.  Some premium brands will even go as far as using human grade and ethically raised ingredients.

Nutra Complete states they meet these requirements and has many positive customer reviews online.  

However, the high cost of the product may make it only feasible as a topper or food mixer to supplement your dog’s nutrition.

As always, consult with your veterinarian when making changes to your pet's diet, especially when switching them to raw foods.  Changes should be made gradually and incrementally to avoid potential intestinal distress.

If you have any experience with Nutra Complete Dog Food, please leave your reviews below.

See Also: Are You Using the Best Dog Food?

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Nutra Complete Customer Reviews

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Picky Eater Loves Nutra Complete
May 16, 2022
My almost 2 yr. old 10 pound dog is a picky eater. I’ve tried various kibbles, gourmet wet food and the well advertised frozen dog food. None seemed to be to her taste after a few weeks. Nutra Complete is a different story. She loves it. Appears happy & healthier. Bowel movements even perfect.

My Dog Isn't Sick Anymore!
May 16, 2022
My boy was having huge gut issues. Constant diarrhea and vet visits. Allergic to chicken.... so I saw this company online and ordered. No more gut issues! Its clean and safe. He isn't a big eater, which is good because its expensive but worth it.

Nutra Complete has really improved my senior dog's life!
May 14, 2022

My dogs are really loving their Nutra Complete freeze-dried food. I'm loving the change in my 15year old chihuahua-schnauzer mix. He's been having much more solid and regular poops and he has a higher energy level. The texture of the food after 5 minutes in warm water has been great for his senior mouth. The bites are softer but not pasty like stinky canned food.

My other baby is a 6 month old cow dog mix. We use Nutra Complete as a topper for her high quality puppy kibble. We feel confident we are starting her out right. She is healthy, happy, and full of life!

Overall I am well satisfied! It seems that my dog likes it better moist.
May 13, 2022
I have a Maltese dog who is 9 years old. She was always licking at her paws. She is a timid little dog. Scared of storms. Has anxiety when one of us leave the house for a day or two. We were reading up on the Nutra Complete and thought we would try feeding it to her. I mix it with her other dog food once a day because of the cost of a bag. Because of her size and it being new dog food I am giving her a little over 1/4 cup a day. I just finished my first bag (about 1 month supply) and she seems to be doing so much better. I just received my order yesterday to continue with the food. I also ordered some dog treats. I am very satisfied with this food. I have found out to order sooner so I don't run out. It took a little longer for me to receive it in the mail than I anticipated.

Great Healthy Dog Food Option!
May 13, 2022
Our Frankie Boy loves the Nutra Complete food! He is a big dog so we mix his regular dry dog food with the Nutra Complete. I am so happy to be giving him something that actually smells good and is good for him! We will definitely continue with the Nutra Complete!

Tar LOVES it!
May 13, 2022
I’m definitely aware that my dog, Tar loves this stuff. I have been using the food as a topper to regular food. I also use a scoop of the Nutra Complete powder. I notice a difference to his coat and allergies. I’m please with the food and the vitamins.

A Picky Eater Loves It
May 12, 2022
Our dog ( 8 months old) has been a picky eater since day one. We had to change her food several times until we tried the Nutra Complete in conjunction with another dry kibble. She loves the Nutra Complete, which we believe has also stimulated her appetite. She handles it very well and we think her issue with being picky is over.

May 11, 2022
I have to be careful to not give her too much of the Nutra Complete, because she loves it ! And I think I'm seeing some fur beginning to grow back in some problem, itchy spots

Best food available
May 11, 2022

I’ve used my first three bags as a topper over my two dogs Royal Canin dog food. They both really dig into into their food. I mix them together with about 25% Nutra Complete to the Royal Canin.

Both of my Shih Tzus are rescues. One has been with us for over a year and the other just eight weeks. One needed to loose weight and the other needed to gain. Both are doing what they need to and have much better bowel movements.

I followed the instructions to add up to what a dog needs to add this food to their routine. My second order of three bags arrives tomorrow. Thank you for the excellent food.

Dog is digging it!!
May 10, 2022

I have been cooking homemade dog food for the 3 years since we rescued our dog Mia. I saw your ad and decided to give Nutra Complete a try for a back-up and/or topper.

Once she tried your food with the warm water that made a gravy (and she gobbled it down!)... she doesn't want the homemade food anymore!!! It's been a month of solely your food now and her eyes are brighter, her coat is more vibrant, she looks leaner, and we noticed she has more energy.

I buy the 3-bag deal which makes it much less expensive than the freeze-dried raw they are selling in the stores! Thank you for making a great dog food!

No More Turning Up His Nose At His Food
May 9, 2022
I have 4 dogs ages 3, 6, 7 and 14. My 14 yr old dog would often turn up his nose at his food, sometimes refusing to even take one bite. I tried several things to tempt him, but nothing worked for long. Now he is eating both morning and evening and his bowl is empty. The other 3 dogs are also eager eaters!

It smells so good that I am tempted to try some!
May 8, 2022
My dogs have been so spoiled by my wife and I with table food, so I never thought they would eat dog food again. NutraComplete has proven me wrong. They watch me as I prepare the food with hot water and a fork to make sure it is well rehydrated. It smells so good that I am tempted to try some! They have now decided that I am their favorite person in the world and they follow me and curl up next to me instead of my wife, because I feed them this food. My wife still tries to tempt them with our table food, but NutraComplete is what they want and need and love.

How to please a finicky pallet
May 7, 2022

Bella is extremely finicky with food. She will eat a new food for about 1 week and then turn her nose up at it. I ALWAYS add cooked chicken, beef, hot dogs whatever she wants but it never lasts for long.

Tried the Nutra Complete and she is loving every meal. Gone through 6 bags and still loving it!

Asking To Eat
May 6, 2022
My Wheaton has always had a sensitive stomach and not very interested in eating. She use to skip meals fairly often but with Nutra Complete she comes to me asking for her meals. She loves it!

Always an empty bowl
May 6, 2022
Don’t know who’s more happy about Nutra Complete my dog or me, my dog never finished his bowl of food until I started him on Nutra Complete now he begs for more every time, made life so much easier for the both of us. Thank you from the both of us.

I'm gratified to know of the great ingredients in the product, also her stools have been copious and well formed!
May 5, 2022
My dog Olive (female Greyhound) loves this food. When I top her dry dog food with it she can smell it from the other side of the house! She immediately runs to her food bowl and eats everything, even the dry food beneath. Normally she just lets her regular food sit all day until I top it with the Nutra Complete.

Loving it
May 5, 2022
Our puppy, Mimsey a Shihpoo, loves this food! We love that she’s eating again on a regular basis. She’s been a very playful, loving little girl so it’s difficult to know if her activity level has gone up. I can only hope this great diet will keep her healthy, playful, and active as she ages. She’s not quite 2 years old now. 5/4/2022

Nutra Complete, better eating Experience for my Poms
May 4, 2022

I have 2 Poms 4 and 6 lbs. they are the most pickiest sweet dogs I have ever seen. I have tried every raw dog food I have seen come across from Farmer’s Dog, Ollie , JRFD. All of them. The first freeze dried I tried had so many things on it like wash your hands every time you touch. Clean area you worked in it finally scared me away.

So far they seem to like yours better but being very small and Poms they look to me like chewing is a slight problem for them but they still are eating it. Yes I do mix with water. Also the shipping time was a little long. I have one bag left and am fixing to order more. Hope it gets here soon.

Thanks for letting me vent. Yes it is nice to just feed them the normal way. Open the bag measure the proper amount for their weight in my scoop and poor in the bowl, add a little water and serve. No refrigeration. No messy spoons. And the bowl is licked clean by my sweet Callie and Gabby.

What’s even better if I’m not up by usual time they are sitting there starring at me and wolfing like hey mom where’s is the Food. So far Nutra Complete has made my life snd theirs much better.

Very happy customer.
May 4, 2022

I started using Nutra Complere about a month ago.

My 8 month old Bernedoodle loves a quarter cup mixed with water and his Victors Hi-Pro Plus.

Before adding the NutaComplete he was a picky eater. . Never a bite left in his bowl now and he is having normal stools that were soft before.

This Food is a Miracle for our 16-year-old Schippeke/Cattledog
May 4, 2022
My 16-year old schipperke cattledog first went on Nutra Thrive powder supplement. Within about 3 weeks, his black coat became sleek and full, but more than that his fatty lumps shrunk to about 1/2 size. His vet was astonished. His healthy coat means he doesn't have to have so many baths, also. He's clean! NEXT: we got him on Nutra Complete free-dried Beef Dog Food/kibble - his energy has doubled, along with his spirit. We are total fans of Ultimate Pet Nutrition.