A little known canine supplement Nuvet Plus is produced by a small manufacturer called Nuvet Labs and has grown a small following among some of the larger breeding operations across the US. This may be due in part to a profit sharing arrangement made with breeders who sell their products. The origin and development of Nuvet Plus is unclear as this small manufacturer is very secretive about their products and programs.
When we attempted to acquire this product for our review we were told that we needed a breeder ID number to purchase the product. There are other larger manufacturers which control distribution without a presciption using the referral method, but our research shows that their referring breeders are receiving a portion of the purchase price. The information we received makes it sound like a multilevel marketing program but without this infformation being public one can only speculate.
Once we were able to purchase Nuvet Plus from a third party on Amazon, we opened the bottle and were struck by the odor. The prediction by all of our reviewers just by the smell is that we would have trouble feeding the chewable tablets to our dogs. Our predictions turned out to be accurate as only 20% of our dogs would eat this product which is the lowest we have ever seen. It was really amazing to see how some of the least finicky dogs would turn their nose to it.
Nuvet Plus does advertise an impressive list of ingredients which would be great if you can get your dog to eat them. Before we felt comfortable given our dogs an unknown and unproven supplement like Nuvet Plus we decided to do a little research on the formulation, The manufacturer's website states that their Advisory Team is composed of a veterinarian, a doctor of pharmacy, a pet supplement and pet food formulator, a doctor of optometry, a licensed financial advisor,a litigation insurance administrator and a senior hospital purchasing manager. This left us scratching our heads a bit. Why would you need advise from a optometrist to formulate a canine supplement?
Anyway, we moved forward with our testing which found that this product is not very palatable and there are not clinical or field trials conducted by the manufacturer showing it has any value whatsoever.
Technology can sometimes be a double edge sword. Using the internet as an example, we are provided with more information than ever which is readily available. The downside is that it can be hard to determine the true value of the information we receive. We found this to be the case when reviewing Nuvet Plus. They spend a lot of time on their website talking about how their product is manufactured in a great facility which takes a lot of precautions, uses human grade ingredients, etc. Our research during the review process revealed that their product is manufactured by a private label manufacturer for them. This is not uncommon for smaller companies, but rarely do you see a company who is using a private label manufacturer use this much marketing to mislead consumers into believing they are making it themselves.
Bottom line with this product is our dogs didn't like it and we had a hard time figuring our who Nuvet Labs is, who makes their products, and what kind of quality control programs they have in place. There are safer options out there for sure.