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.
About VetPet Box
The Subscription Box: VetPet Box (Large Dog version)
The Cost: $49 a month (save with longer subscription options). Price varies by dog size.
ACTIVE DEAL: 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)
VetPet Box Dog January 2018 Review
Please note: This subscription is somewhat customized based on preferences you select when you sign up. So, what you’ll see below are treats for a food-sensitive dog and toys for a heavy chewer:
Included was an information card with more information about the items in the box.
And the last piece of literature was this educational brochure. This time the theme was keeping your dog safe in winter, both in terms of temperatures and chemicals (e.g., antifreeze) that might be around.
Etta Says Treats to Go in Peanut Butter (1.3 oz) – Retail Value $2.49
This is a convenient package if you want to take treats with you somewhere (we could’ve used these yesterday at the vet’s office, for example). The base here is pea flour with chickpea flour, and there’s no animal protein or grain, so Nyx can have these. (She thought they were great.)
Henry Schein Omega Tri-V Caps (60) – Retail Value $27.34, Listed Value $21.99
Omega-3 supplementation can be especially important in pets in winter when cold temperatures lead to dry, flaky skin. Nyx is on an omega-3 supplement, though she can’t handle a full dose due to her IBD. I also saw a study once that said omega-3 fatty acids in combination with glucosamine and chondroitin were better at supporting the joints than the glucosamine and chondroitin alone (though of course, I can’t find it now). So anyway, this is a great product to receive from a health standpoint. Of course, it will take a little while to see any effect, but it’s nice to get a big bottle instead of just a few pills.
Pet Projekt Holobon (m/l) – Retail Value $14, Listed Value $16.99
This is a rubber toy with cavities formed by the strips on the ends. You can put small treats in there. I am somewhat skeptical of toys like this because Nyx seems too dense to figure them out, but this one was actually a success. She worked at it and got the treats out instead of giving up. So, yay!
Little Piggies Minis (7 oz) – Retail Value $14.79, Listed Value $5.99
These are grain free and made in the USA, but, unfortunately, Nyx can’t have bacon, so I’ll be passing them on to another dog to enjoy. This brand is sold at Target so it is easy to find if you are interested in getting more, though.
Ruffwear Huckama Toss Roll Retrieve – Retail Value $14.95
This is a new brand for us. This is another durable rubber toy. You can put some smallish treats inside to maintain your dog’s interest (there are holes on both sides so no worries about suction) and the shape is supposed to bounce irregularly to maintain your dog’s interest. (We can’t really throw this outside because I don’t let Nyx off the leash, although I am super happy to report that she was finally deemed healthy enough to get vaccinations for the first time in three years yesterday, so maybe more outside activity can come in the future.) I think she also might like this in summer, filled partially with water and then frozen. This is size appropriate for an 80+ pound dog, too.
These are maybe not the most exciting pictures of Nyx to look at, but they are very exciting for me. Because I think this photo session marks the very first time Nyx, in her 5 years of life, has figured out the concept of a treat-dispensing toy.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $73.57 for January’s VetPet Box (using the retail values, many of which were close to or higher than the values listed on the information card). That is a really good value for this subscription. I felt that the toys were size-appropriate (not always the case with a “large” dog box) and suitable for a heavy chewer like Nyx. It was also fun to get at least one treat Nyx was able to enjoy.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? No, you will receive the February box. Also, due to customization (dog size/chewing habits/dietary issues), boxes may vary from month-to-month.
Value Breakdown: At $49 a month for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Etta Says treats: $1.66
- Omega-3 supplement: $18.20
- Holobon toy: $9.32
- Little Piggies treats: $9.85
- Ruffwear Huckama ball: $9.96
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