VetPet Box Dog Subscription Review + Coupon – May 2018
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.
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)
VetPet Box Dog May 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 about ear issues. Nyx has good ears (thankfully), but my last Rottie got yeast infections in her ears all the time. (Someday maybe there will be a problem featured that I haven’t experienced yet!)
Polka Dog Sfizis Duck (2 oz x 2) – Total Retail Value $11.98 ($5.99 each)
These are grain free and consist only of duck liver and potato flour. Importantly, they’re also a great size for big dogs or small dogs and will work for training as well as treat-dispensing toys. (Lots of protein sensitive dogs can have duck, but Nyx was on duck for a long time before her IBD diagnosis so we have to avoid it. I’ll pass these along to a coworker with a protein-sensitive dog.)
Healthy Dogma Coconut Flavor Barkers (5 oz) – Retail Value $4.95
These, on the other hand, are fine for Nyx, and she has enjoyed eating a few of them already (see the anticipation in a photo below). These have peas and pea flour (and some tapioca starch) as a base and I guess they are sweet based on the inclusion of pumpkin, cranberry, and coconut. They are smallish cookies that are easy to break into pieces.
These show up in dog subscription boxes every now and then. They are hard balls and when they get shaken, they either make noises or talk (this is one of the talking ones). I love Nyx’s reaction when these go off (she tilts her head to the side as if she is concentrating). But we currently have two of these (one talking, one animal sounds) in working order so I’m hanging on to this one until the batteries on those run out. Nyx has tried to chew on these in the past and they are fairly durable.
This is an ear cleaning solution. I have some experience cleaning the ears of a large dog and it is not something I find particularly enjoyable! But if it needs to be done, it needs to be done. I am probably saving this for Mr. Kitty, though, as his ears could stand a little cleaning and he can’t do nearly as much damage to me as Nyx can. This is another instance of having a supply around that you may not need right away, but when you do need it, it is nice to have. (If your dog needs his or her ears cleaned frequently, you can request this box again, too.)
These pop up in dog subscription boxes every now and then. You can use them as treat-dispensing toys and there are no worries about suction since there are holes at both ends. I think they also float but Nyx hates water so we can’t try that out. These are supposed to be scented but I guess this is something the dog can detect because I don’t notice it.
Nyx liked these cookies. I broke one up and put it in the treat ball and she had fun chasing that around the living room.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $47.70 for May’s VetPet Box. That is within about a dollar of the month-to-month cost of the box. Considering that there is a fair amount of customization (i.e., around food issues and destructiveness), that is a decent value. (Please also note, the month-to-month average value is a little higher than the cost of the subscription.) The coconut dog biscuits were a particular favorite and it is always nice to have a backup Babble Ball.
To Wrap Up:
Can you still get this box if you sign up today? Due to customization (dog size/chewing habits/dietary issues), boxes may vary from month-to-month. New subscribers typically receive an introductory box first. However, if you’d like to get a repeat of a past box, contact VetPet Box – if your dog has major dental issues, as an example, they want you to be able to get the dental health box and the items within more than once if it will be useful to you. And the same goes for any other theme.
Value Breakdown: At $49 a month for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Duck treats $12.30
- Coconut treats $5.08
- Babble Ball $9.26
- Ear cleanser $12.32
- Treat-dispensing ball $10.04
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