VetPet Box Dog Subscription Review + Coupon – December 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 84-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 is a review of the Large Dog, $49 a month, box.
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.)
About VetPet 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)
VetPet Box Dog December 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. Note: there are some variations based on sign-up preferences so you will not receive every item on the card.
And the last piece of literature was this educational brochure. There is always good information in there about a particular doggie-related health topic. (This is considered one of the benefits of paying for a subscription so the content is not reproduced here.) This month the information related to keeping your pets warm in winter.
Starmark Treat Ringer Flex Grip Turkey Leg – Retail Value $11.95
This has edible treat rings in it (maybe more visible in the second picture). Anyway, Nyx can’t eat them due to her IBD, but I let her have this anyway because I expected she wouldn’t be able to get them out, and I was right. They didn’t smell much to me but of course, her nose is much more sensitive and they kept her interested in the toy (sort of a soft silicone/rubber texture) longer than she otherwise might have been.
HavePaws Jerky Chips in Talkin Turkey (4 oz) – Retail Value $12.99
This is a single-ingredient (turkey breast) product that is made in the USA. The pieces are kind of large and hard to break up, but you *can* break them into smaller pieces so the same bag will also work for a smaller dog. Single-ingredient treats are usually good for dogs with food sensitivities unless turkey (or chicken, which has cross-reactions) is the ingredient they’re sensitive to. It’s grain free, anyway.
Jolly Pets Tuff Treader Dog Toy (6 in) – Retail Value $14.29
Jolly Pets toys are definitely durable as we’ve received a number of them throughout the years in dog subscription boxes. Nyx prefers to chew on the handle part of this, though I can get her interested in the tire part if I put some peanut butter inside it. (Peanut butter is one thing she can definitely safely have!)
Polkadog Cod Skins (2.5 oz) – Retail Value $10.99
Here is another single-ingredient treat. These are from wild-caught Alaskan cod and processing also occurs in the USA. Cod skins are good sources of omega-3 fatty acids and should also be helpful for joint health and skin and coat issues. It is nice to receive a non-turkey-based chew, too (though I appreciate the Thanksgiving theme).
Etta Says chews show up in a lot of dog subscription boxes. I don’t know if we’ve received these turkey ones before or not. They are basically sausages in beef collagen casings, and they are grain free. I’m a little sad to get a second turkey protein item in the same box (because if that’s the food your dog is sensitive to, then you’re 1 for 3 in the edibles department). But I have a cousin who volunteers with a dog rescue and I’m sure he would be happy to get these to pass along to the rescue dogs. (That’s what I do with most treats Nyx can’t have, these days.)
Dechra Eicosa 3FF SnipCaps (60 count) – Retail Value $27.94
Omega 3 fatty acids are great for dog skin and coat health. Nyx takes them; she can’t have a full dose because of her IBD, but even a few pills a day have helped the condition of her skin immensely. I will compare the amounts of active ingredients in these and her regular supplement and then start using these when I run out of the other. It’s a type of product I would’ve bought anyway, after all. (You are supposed to choose omega 3 products specifically manufactured for dogs, rather than humans, and these are definitely doggie-friendly.)
Nyx can’t actually eat the treats in this toy, but I found that she doesn’t understand how to get them out, so I left them there because the smell certainly entices her.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $82.14 for December’s VetPet Box. That is a very high value for this subscription. I didn’t get the sense that this month’s items were quite as good for food-sensitive dogs as in some other months, but they were grain-free and single-protein at least. The toys were size appropriate and the supplement, which was the most expensive item in the box, is definitely useful for us.
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 Vet Pet 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: This box costs $49 + shipping, which means that each of the 6 items in the box has an average cost of $8.17.
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