Ruff Greens Information
Ruff Greens is a relatively new brand that focuses on its core dog supplement, which shares its name. Despite their young age, Ruff Greens has grown in popularity massively and is used by thousands of dog owners.
Their core supplement is designed to be combined with a dog’s core diet of dry or wet food but can also be taken by itself.
Ruff Greens appears to be associated with Doctor Dennis Black, who is Naturopathic Doctor. Doctor Dennis Black is associated with a human supplement company known as Texas Superfood.
From our research, we also found that Dennis Black has a youtube channel, although it does not appear to be active.
As you can see above, Ruff Green’s website makes an explicit mention on every one of its pages that Dennis Black is not licensed to practice human or veterinary medicine.
However, it is not clear whether Doctor Dennis Black is the one who has formulated Ruff Green’s products or if he is merely the owner.
Recently, Ruff Greens has chosen to sponsor the American conservative political commentator Glenn Beck in exchange for him promoting the supplements.
Glenn offers listeners to his shows an exclusive discount on Ruff Greens and discusses its supposed benefits.
Ruff Greens has also used other radio shows in the United States to promote its products, including the Clay Travis and Buck Sexton show.
While it’s not clear where this facility is located, Ruff Greens is produced within the United States at an FDA-registered facility.
It is extremely common for US-based brands to keep their manufacturing within the United States due to past issues with foreign manufactured or sourced pet products.
Like many of the new pet food and pet supplement brands, Ruff Greens offers a subscription service that allows dog owners to have their products shipped directly to them at regular intervals.
Brands like Nom Nom, Ollie, and The Farmer’s Dog, as well as the pet food website Chewy, have popularized this model and seen huge success from it.
In addition to the convenience it offers, this subscription service applies a discount to its products, making them more affordable to repeat customers.
As you can see above, customers can save $20 on auto-ship orders, which is not an insignificant discount.
Ruff Greens Complaints and Controversy
While many customers of Ruff Greens swear by the supplement and claim it has made huge differences to their dogs, other customers have had some notable complaints.
One of the most common complaints is around the ‘free trial’ or ‘free sample’ that Ruff Greens offers new customers.
While the initial trial is free, Ruff Greens will charge and ship a full-priced product to you within 15 days if you do not cancel the service.
You can see Ruff Greens point this out below on the page where you can sign up for their free trial.
However, many customers do not realize this or choose not to read it when they sign up and are then surprised when their credit card is later charged.
Connected to this complaint, many customers also claimed that they canceled the service, but this wasn’t acknowledged, or Ruff Greens continued to send products regardless.
This is certainly concerning if true. We recommend logging into your account to check your status or calling Ruff Greens at 833-RUFF-DOG.
Another common complaint of Ruff Greens is its price. Ruff Green’s current regular-size supplement comes in at just under $80 for 210g when paid for at its full price.
This is no insignificant sum, especially if you intend to feed your dog 1-2 tablespoons per day, as is recommended.
For many, this price point is too high for them to absorb, but for others, it is worth it and more efficient than purchasing expensive high-quality dog food or dealing with costly trips to the vet.
If you are interested to see how other similar dog supplements are priced, we recommend you head over to Chewy or look at our review pages of alternative supplement brands like Dinovite, Dr. Marty Pets, Balance IT, and Nutra Thrive.
Additionally, you can find a full list of the dog supplement brands we’ve reviewed on our Pet Supplement Brand Reviews page.
Ruff Greens Product Range
Ruff Greens has a relatively small product range featuring its core powder-style supplement and a few additional dog supplements.
The core Ruff Greens powder comes in two sizes, one for small and medium-sized dogs and another for large breed dogs.
While these may be classified as different products, we believe that the only difference between these two is the quantity or volume of Ruff Greens supplement they contain.
All three of Ruff Greens’ other supplements come in liquid form, which is quite unusual as most other brands tend to use powders or chews.
There is a liquid supplement for Joint Care, Immune System, and Multi-Vitamin, which are all popular supplement types.
Thanks to their success, Ruff Greens has recently expanded its product range, and it now includes a dental dog chow known as Ruff Chews.
These treats are Beef Rawhide-based chews and are enhanced with the benefits of the Ruff Greens supplement, giving dog owners an alternative to the powdered form.
Ruff Greens does not produce any traditional dog food products such as dry dog food, wet/canned dog food, or dog treats.
Ruff Greens Nutrition
Given that Ruff Greens is a supplement product, its nutritional value is less critical than if it was a food product and the proportion of protein and fat that it can provide is not worth discussing in detail.
However, Ruff Greens does contain high levels of select vitamins and minerals that can have a beneficial effect on a dog’s health and wellness.
Examples include the B Vitamins like Vitamin B3, B6, and B9, as well as minerals like Selenium, Chromium, Zinc, and more.
PetHonesty has a great write-up on the benefits of B Vitamins for dogs, which you can find here.
While the benefits of consuming these vitamins and minerals in supplement form are not conclusive, they can provide benefits such as improved brain function and nerve function, increased energy levels, and a more robust immune system.
If you are interested in learning more about canine nutrition, we highly recommend you check out our Dog Food Guide. In this guide, we discuss all the components of a dog’s diet, different food types, and ingredients.
Ruff Greens Ingredients
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Ruff Greens supplements do not contain any meat or fish ingredients.
Meat and fish content is extremely important for dogs, and we recommend that you select a dog food recipe with a large portion of animal-based content.
However, for dog supplement products, the presence of meat or fish ingredients is not critical.
Other Notable Ingredients
The base of the Ruff Greens supplement is made up of various grain ingredients, including Rice Bran, Wheat, and Barley.
Grain ingredients like these can be controversial additions to pet food, with many being against their use.
Over the last few decades, it has become an increasingly common opinion that grain ingredients like these are ‘fillers’ and used to pad out pet food recipes at low cost.
Despite this, some brands, such as Purina, have continued to use grains extensively and believe they are suitable additions to a pet’s diet.
However, when grain ingredients such as these are used in dog supplements, there is less concern and opposition given the tiny portion size. These grain ingredients provide a minute portion of carbohydrates, fiber, and plant-based protein.
If you’d like to learn more about some of these ingredients, you can check out our discussions in the below articles.
Flaxseed is an extremely common inclusion in dog food recipes, and it also features in Ruff Greens supplements.
It is best known for being an excellent plant-based source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which is one of Ruff Greens’ primary traits.
These Omega 3 Fatty Acids are believed to provide several health benefits to dogs, including an improvement in the condition of their skin and coat, a reduction in the risk of certain diseases and health problems, and improved cognitive function.
However, Flaxseed has several additional benefits outside of the presence of these Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which many are completely unaware of.
You can learn more about these additional benefits in our article Flaxseed In Dog Food.
Brewer’s Yeast is another common minor addition to pet food recipes but is used less widely than Flaxseed by pet food brands.
Brewers Yeast is included because it is thought to provide several health benefits and is a source of some beneficial Vitamins and Minerals.
The best-known example of this is the high levels of the B Vitamins present in Brewers Yeast, including Vitamin B3, B6, and B9. These are thought to promote healthy skin, hair, and eyes and improve liver function.
However, the health benefits of Brewers Yeast are less conclusive, and many are skeptical of them. You can read more about its potential benefits and its criticism in our article Brewers Yeast In Dog Food.
Ruff Greens Animal Testing
We can not find any information on whether Ruff Greens participates in any form of animal testing or feeding trials for its products.
Many smaller pet food and supplement brands do not perform large-scale testing or trials and avoid disclosing this information as it could be perceived negatively.
While this lack of information sharing helps the brands avoid bad press, we would prefer if there were increased transparency.
We strongly believe that laboratory or invasive testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice. We hope that in the future, it will be eliminated.
Ruff Greens Recalls
Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), we have no information that Ruff Greens supplements have ever been involved in a recall which makes Ruff Greens a recall-free brand.
However, given the brand’s extremely young age and the fact it is a supplement company, this recall-free record is not surprising.
It is extremely rare for a dog supplement to undergo a recall, and they are not monitored or scrutinized as strongly as traditional pet food products.
Nevertheless, this does not mean Ruff Greens can not be recalled in the future, and dog owners should always be vigilant of any future recalls of Ruff Greens or any other pet brand to ensure their pets remain safe.
Best of Ruff Greens
Ruff Greens Review
Of all of Ruff Green’s products, their core powdered supplement is their most popular. As we mentioned earlier, this powdered supplement is designed to be mixed with a dog’s normal diet but can be given at other times.
The core ingredients of the supplement are grains like Rice Bran, Wheat, and Barley.
As we mentioned earlier, these ingredients are sources of nutrition such as carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and fiber. However, given the small portion size, these values are not significant.
However, outside of these grain ingredients, Ruff Greens contains several beneficial additions, including Flaxseed, Brewers Yeast, various powdered fruits and vegetables, as well as probiotics, and more.
Flaxseed is a reliable plant-based source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, and Brewers Yeast is a source of several notable vitamins and minerals such as the B Vitamins.
While the benefits of all of these ingredients are not conclusive, many strongly believe in them, and they see extensive use throughout the industry.
Ruff Greens Featured Articles
At this time, Ruff Greens has not been featured in any of our articles.
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I purchased Ruff Greens for both of my Boxers, after one month and a half, my female boxer was losing her hair all down her back and both sides. I had not changed any of her food, I realize it has to be this product. I took my dog to the vet and was advised to stop given her RG in which I had 2 weeks before taken her to the vet. I do not recommended this product
for any dog. I tried to get a refund for the 2 bags I already have, and RG would not give me a refund. I called RG on April 06 2021 to stop auto and canceled the order. I also stop given RG to my male boxer as well. I will let others know that this product is harmful and to never buy it. I have 2 unused bags which I can not get a refund for. So I will toss in garbage or better yet, flush down the toilet. I will also post on FB so others will know not to buy this product!
I’m skeptical of the review above (GLORIA WALTHER). Our Labradoodle has had trouble with skin issues and significant scabbing due to constant scratching. We tried Ruff Greens for the last couple of months and have noticed a massive improvement. As long as he receives the supplements regularly he rarely scratches and all of his sores (hotspots) have healed. The ingredients in this aren’t all that special or something far-out there that would typically cause a harmful reaction; I liken it to a multivitamin for people. I think that, while pricy, if you feel your dog needs a little something more to round out their vitamin intake, this worked great for us.
I listen to the Clay Travis & Buck Sexten show they have a commercial I have heard many times about
Ruff Greens, that’s a free offer by using ruffgreens/Clay&buck. But I can not find anything on your
web sight. I want to try this and if its anything like you and they are saying I will re-order.
I ordered the trial pack… unfortunately my dog did not like the taste so I canceled any further orders on ruff greens website. To my surprise ruff greens charged my card again for recurrent deliveries even though it was canceled. So buyer beware… the free trial size is not free and you canceling your order comes with headaches and unexpected money missing out of your bank account.
From looking at the ingredients any dog with grain allergies will have a reaction to this prdouct so its why it may have effects on one dog a not the other.
Product is good Can’t afford please don’t send anymore
Actually, I agree with Gloria. The only thing I added to my dog’s diet was RG and her skin and ears just got really red so I stopped giving it to her. It went away after some Benadryl and I tried again with the least measure of one teaspoon. When it happened again, I stopped giving it to her for good. The most disappointing event was that the first full bag came so fast I did not have a chance to turn off the subscription. My $50 mistake that will not happen again. The one grain that is in RF that is not in my dog’s diet is wheat – interesting…
VERY deceitful. I want my entire 90.90 back. I ordered the trial. no one told me it automatically put me on a mail-out list to receive it every month and you charged my card. I should not have to pay for shipping for you sending me something i did NOT sign up for. DECEITFUL!! I had too pay postage to send it back to you and then you only give me a partial refund!! Not acceptable. How do you run a business like that. And it made my dog sick on top of it. Please refund the entire 90.90
I am retired and on social sec. and you want to play games with peoples credit cards.
Ordered the trial pack and they sent me one that was 7 months out of date. Watch expiration dates for your dogs health because they don’t pay attention.
ordered the “FREE” trial pack. 8.95 shipping for a tiny bag. NOT free. AND they automatically enroll you for auto-ship, which they send out 7 days after getting the trial. Not enough time to try it out. Then they charge a restocking fee!!! Customer service is worthless
Thank you for this article. I’m sure this company means well by giving us a supplement to help our dogs but after using it for a couple of months I had a few questions and couldn’t get an answer from the company. My concern was that how do we know that we are giving these vitamins/minerals in the correct proportion when adding to dog foods that are already fortified with vitamins? There are many cases of dogs dying from overdoses of specific vitamins in dog foods and recalls because of too much of a certain supplement. When they couldn’t answer I had to cancel. Going to look into Merciola Healthy Pets which is produced by vets.
The trial cost $8.95 for shipping and enrollment in auto ship is stated on their website. The auto ship begins 10-15 days after receipt of the trial. Additionally they tell you that it is recommended to use the product for 90days to see the full benefit to the dog. I just started the trial on one of my dogs this week. So far, he loves it and hasn’t had any issues with it.
Will see what happens. I have two other dogs I’ll try it with IF the product helps my oldest dogs issues. I’ll also get an opinion from my vet on the products safety etc.
I was greatly impressed with the benefits this product had on my dogs overall health. She became very energetic, happy, walking and jumping. Her coat became thick and shiny and quit shedding. Sadly, however, she developed severe allergic symptoms that were finally traced back to this product. We have had to discontinue using Ruff Greens. We still have a lot left, since we purchased the large size. We really liked the product.
James S Bishop, 3631 SE Roswell Street, Milwaukie, OR 97222-you were cancelled last month and yet another package was sent and charged to my credit card for $58.90.
The charge will be disputed and your package will sent back unopened and if this reply is ignored the same will happen until you will get the same results.
We love the product but our 5 lb. Yorkshire Terrier has enough for 2 years.
Be careful – this is sham. They sell you to buy a sample – small 5×5 envelop of product then before you even try it they bill you $70 for a big bag. They say they give you 16 days from purchase of the sample then the sample gets to you home one on the 17th day. Don’t do it. Regardless of how good their product is, these questionable tactics make you wonder.
our dog likes ruff greens but it is so expensive we can not afford it . I hope you will think about lowering your price. so retired people can afford this product. thanks
I always check the details when a product offers a “free” sample. The minute I learn that ordering the sample puts one on an auto ship, I elect “auto” rejection! Even if the plan wasn’t an “auto-ship” I would reject it because of the cost. At $59.95 + $8.95 a month, for the small bag, that adds up to $826.80 a year for a fruit and vegetable SUPPLEMENT! It is much cheaper to find a suitable human supplement (making sure all ingredients are healthy for dogs).
We tried the free trial pack. The shipping fee was reasonable. It arrived quickly. The problem is that our dog didn’t like the product. We tried for a week, then canceled the automatic refill. No problems. It’s just that OUR dog doesn’t like the product.
DA Miller- Like which human product have you found that will work on dogs? I was thinking the same thing but it would take a lot of research to find a comparable product.
I mailed a first class letter to your company,requesting cacelation of my orders, today mi received another shipment which i donot want Please advise thanks,
I have a 3 year old Maltipoo whose white cherubic face has been forever marred by porphyrin stains from the inner canthus to his beard and along the inferior edge of his jaw. The online remedies touting home-brews, proprietary formulated wipes and the like were ineffective. Rough Greens were added to his kibble as I searched for a remedy to what appeared to be food allergy. He tolerated it at first, but now waits for the sprinkle before chowing down. The allergic reaction seemed to get better, perhaps, but no enough to warrant a subscription. Then after the 3rd week or so, I was astounded to see the porphyrin stains had vanished!
Pricey? Yes, but that is the beauty of the capitalist economy of our republic; charge what you wish and let the market set the price. If the product is beneficial for you dog remember they are worthy of such care and manage to provide it. I cut my Ruff Greens costs in-half by simply adding less than what is recommended and the benefits remained. Goodness gracious it would be a travesty to flush your excess product down the loo. Gift what remains to other dog lovers with full disclosure of its failure for you. It may work for them or they next recipient down the line.
Unconditional love deserves unconditional care. (Within reason, of course.)
Please call about the free trial
First of all, I never use our bank card for online purchases. I use gift cards and that’s how I paid for my trial bag of RG. Isn’t there a ONE TIME PURCHASE option? I haven’t reordered, but plan to do so in the next few days. There won’t be $ on the card used for them to continue charging me.
Our dog doesn’t scratch nearly as much, and his coat is beautiful. As instructed on the bag, I started with tiny amount and worked up to what I’m now putting on his food (not the full amount either).
Ruff Greens Agents will talk you around a tree. I had updated online my shipping address during an assignment for work out of state. They shipped twice to the wrong address. They say they will refund the purchase if you return the product(a lie!). Most recently they charged me for January’s shipment that I never got an email for. They won’t refund money. These people also talk rudely about upset customers that want to speak to the supervisor. Needless to say, we are done with Ruff Greens. Our dog can live without the product.
Would you feed your children anything that you are not sure about the ingredients or without checking with the pediatrician? I feel the same way about my pets. I’d check with my veterinarian first to get their opinion. I’d trust their judgement before taking a chance on anything sold either in the grocery store or on-line.
Dennis Black is a fraudster and sociopath. He is NOT a doctor. I knew him personally many years ago, and was a victim to one of his many schemes. This dog food supplement is just another one of his many scams. The dog food industry is a perfect target for unsuspecting victims, because it is so loosely regulated. I have read through many of the reviews, and numerous complaints state that this product made their dogs sick. The amount of vitamins and minerals in this supplement, are not scientifically approved by a veterinarian or medical board. So, I am not surprised this “snake oil” is making some dogs sick. Be careful what you feed your precious pets! I would NEVER feed my dogs this stuff. Mr. Blacks sole objective is to take your money. Period. The little trial order is a trap to get you on the hook for a big bag of this garbage, and continued monthly charges. If you feel your dog needs supplements, talk to a vet you trust! Beware of ANY product this charlatan is peddling.