VetPet Box Dog Subscription Review + Coupon – September 2017
VetPet Box is a subscription for dogs or cats with toys, treats, and other supplies curated by veterinarians. Choose from boxes for petite (up to 15 pounds), small (15-30 pounds), medium (31-50 pounds), large (51-100 pounds) or giant (100+ pounds) and there are also options to select for heavy chewers and dogs with food allergies. This is a review of the large dog box for heavy chewers and dogs with food allergies. My dog, Nyx, is an 87-pound Rottweiler who is definitely a power chewer; she also has inflammatory bowel disease so we avoid pretty much all grains and most animal proteins.
This box was sent to us at no cost for review. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
This is a review of the Large Dog, $49 a month, box.
The Subscription Box: VetPet Box (dog version)
The Cost: $49 a month (save with longer subscription options). Price varies by dog size.
COUPON: Use code VetPet15MSA to save $15 off your first box!
The Products: Toys, treats, and grooming supplies selected by veterinarians with your dog’s needs in mind.
Ships to: US (free to the contiguous 48 states, $8 to Alaska or Hawaii), Canada ($15)
Keep Track of Your Subscriptions: Add this box to your subscription list or wishlist!
Included was an information card with more information about the items in the box.
There was also a LOT of literature about common household items that can be poisonous to pets. This is a good refresher although I don’t give Nyx table food because of her IBD and I can’t keep plants in the main part of the house because of the cats, so we are safe from most of these hazards. The last thing pictured is a refrigerator magnet.
There was also some product literature about Petplan pet insurance.
And the last piece of literature was this educational brochure. There was some information in here about excessive drinking and urination. This is definitely a problem for Nyx, although in her case, we know why – she’s on prednisolone for her IBD and this is a known side effect.
Hare of the Dog 100% Rabbit Jerky – Value $2.99
We’ve received this brand in another dog subscription box and Nyx did all right with it. (I don’t give her the whole piece at once…) I only give her one new treat every couple of days and so she hasn’t eaten this particular one yet, but I know from past experience that she will be thrilled. It is really nice for us to get unusual proteins like rabbit because she can actually eat a bit of that without getting sick.
Jolly Pets Jolly Bone (for large/XL dogs) – Value $12.49
We have had these before from Bullymake Box and they are super durable. They are also very easy to clean. Nyx likes hard rubber toys (heck, Nyx likes pretty much any toy) so this was a win.
Starmark Treat Dispensing Chewball (large) – Value $8.39
Nyx usually doesn’t get treats but there were some this month that I felt safe letting her have (see below). So I put a few of them in here (they were a really good size for that) and let her have it. She hasn’t figured it out yet but she can smell them and she really wants them and every 15-20 minutes or so, she has been going back to this and puzzling at it a bit more. (Non-power-chewers might receive a different toy.)
Le Petit Treat Pate Peanut Butter and Apples (8 oz) – Value $9.99
These didn’t have any ingredients I was worried about. There was some chickpea flour but Nyx has been able to handle that in the past. It is nice to get such a large bag of treats Nyx can actually eat. I only give her one or two in a day so this will last us a long time. (Non-allergy dogs might receive a different treat.)
Dermallay Oatmeal Spray Conditioner by Dechra (8 fl oz) – Value $13.77 (buy 12 fl oz for $20.66)
This is supposed to help relieve dry, itchy skin in dogs and cats and includes ceramides for moisture as well as colloidal oatmeal for its soothing properties. We have tried this on Nyx but as she just had a bath with her coal tar and salicylic acid shampoo, it is hard to say what kind of effect it has yet. We will probably try it again in a few days. Dry, itchy skin is definitely a problem for Nyx (a side effect of her medications) so anything that helps is very welcome.
Dermalyte Shampoo by Dechra (1 fl oz) – Value $0.79 (buy 12 fl oz for $9.49)
This is a shampoo meant for animals with sensitive skin. This is a bit small of a sample to use on a dog Nyx’s size, but Monkey sometimes has skin issues so I am going to use it on him (it is safe for cats and horses as well). At any rate, Nyx has to use special medicated shampoo.
I put some of the heart-shaped cookies in the treat ball. Nyx doesn’t understand treat balls because she doesn’t often get to eat treats. She still hasn’t figured this out, a few hours later, but every now and then she goes back and chases it around some more. It is certainly keeping her busy!
Verdict: I calculated a value of $48.42 for September’s VetPet Box. That just about breaks even with the month-to-month cost of the box (and you come out ahead if you chose the 3- or 6-month option). Please keep in mind that many of the prices listed above are Petco and/or Chewy.com sale prices and the MSRPs are higher. Also, I am inclined to view this box favorably because I do believe it is the only time I have received a dog subscription box with multiple treats where Nyx could have all the treats. (It is also one of the few dog boxes that offers a 100+ pound category!) I also appreciated all of the educational materials and the overall presentation. I’m very excited about this subscription!
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