VetPet Box Dog Subscription Review + Coupon – September 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 September 2018 Review
Please note: This subscription is somewhat customized based on preferences you select when you sign up. So, what you’ll see that 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. There is always good information in there about a particular doggie-related health topic.
Etta Says treats and chews show up in dog subscription boxes pretty regularly. This one has venison meat, which is great, but also “rawhide,” processed in such a way that is supposed to be safer than the rawhide you see in pet stores and supermarkets. But I do not know what animal the rawhide is from as this is not usually something that is made from deer, so I have to keep investigating before I know whether or not I can give this to Nyx (venison is OK, but cattle-based rawhide is not, for her IBD). These are made in the USA and are grain free.
Starmark Bend-E Branch, Size Large – Retail Value $14.99
This is a chew toy made of a material that’s somewhere in between nylon and hard rubber and Nyx wasn’t sure what to make of it. She did not figure out the noisemaker and that probably led to decreased interest, to a degree. But it does seem pretty indestructible, as Starmark toys tend to be.
Pet Qwerks Pig Ear, Size Large – Retail Value $13.99
This is not an actual pig ear but rather, a nylon chew with flavoring (bacon) that is made in the shape of a pig ear. Nyx LOVES this toy (she is, in general, a big fan of flavored nylon toys) and it doesn’t aggravate her IBD, which makes me happy. She’s played with this a few times so far and it is still in one piece.
Healthy Dogma Rabbit Recipe Barkers, 5 oz – Retail Value $4.95
These are grain free and include some healthful fruits and vegetables (tomato, cranberry, carrot, sweet potato, etc.) in addition to rabbit. They do include chicken fat, though. These are made and sourced in the USA and come in a resealable bag.
I really could have used this a few weeks ago. I gave Monkey some Cat Lax (also a Dechra product, like this shampoo) and he got it all over himself and required a bath right away. I had to make do with what I had, but this is a soothing oatmeal-containing shampoo that is suitable for both dogs and cats and I am definitely hanging on to it in case of future need. Nyx has to use a medicated shampoo (every two weeks!) for a skin condition but if you just want something for sensitive skin, I’ve had pretty good luck with this brand in the past.
Here is an alternative bathing solution if the weather is bad or if your dog doesn’t take well to being bathed or if you need to do a quick clean-up. You wet these and then use them to clean your dog, then wipe dry. It is kind of an alternative to a spray shampoo. One of these days I am going to try this out on Mr. Kitty because he is getting a little crusty in his old age (there has been a lot of syringe feeding – which is messy – as he adjusts to his diabetes medication, and he has an upper respiratory infection right now) but I will wait until he is feeling a little better.
Here are some pictures of Nyx with the pig ear toy. She can’t have real pig ears, but this was close enough to the real thing for her to be excited.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $74 for September’s Vet Pet Box. That is a little higher than the usual values for this box, actually, and one of the highest I’ve seen for a while. I always find the contents to be of high quality and well-thought-out. The pig ear was the highlight of the box for Nyx and the grooming products are welcome even though they are more likely to get used on cats than on Nyx.
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:
- Deer Chew: $1.32
- Starmark Bone: $9.93
- Pig Ear: $9.26
- Rabbit Treats: $3.28
- Shampoo: $15.29
- Bath Mitts: $9.93
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