VetPet Box Dog Subscription Review + Coupon – January 2019
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 January 2019 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 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 safe from holiday-specific dangers.
Zippypaws Antlers (large) – Retail Value $6.99
These fit Nyx pretty well. You can see her modeling them in a photo at the bottom of the review. This box did arrive in time for the holidays (but so did about 30 other boxes, so the review is getting posted a little after the holidays). This is a fun kind of item if you like to send out holiday cards with your pets or just for taking some photos.
Natural Balance Limited Ingredient Treats with Sweet Potato and Bison (14 oz) – Retail Value $8.99 (found here for $7.10)
These are grain free and Nyx does well with sweet potato (they also have white potato in them) so I have been giving her one every couple of days and so far, so good. Bison counts as a “novel protein” for her and there are no other animal protein ingredients so this is working for her IBD.
Jolly Pets Flex-n-Chew Squarble Dog Toy (large) – Retail Value $9.99
Nyx has had some other Jolly Pets toys in the past, though this is one we haven’t seen before. But anyway, I know they are super durable (so it makes sense that we got this in a box for a destructive chewer). I put a little peanut butter in the center to catch her interest but so far, this seems to be holding up, and it is very easy to wash as well.
This was a favorite toy type for Nyx before we discovered dog subscription boxes so she hasn’t seen one for a while. This line of toys actually has quite a lot of different items but we did find that the stick is one of the more durable ones. You can usually find these at pretty much any big pet store or on Amazon.
This is a dry product that you mix with water and freeze and it makes dog-safe ice cream. Nyx is unable to eat dairy due to her IBD, but my parents’ dog loves this stuff, so whenever I receive it in a dog subscription box, I send it on to them. One nice thing about this product, as opposed to the freezer-case dog ice cream, is it is shelf stable before you add the water. It also has fewer preservatives.
We have received this in dog subscription boxes before. Rabbit is another one that counts as a novel protein since Nyx hasn’t had it before (except for when we get this treat). I usually just cut off very small pieces and let her have one every couple of days, so one of these lasts us a very long time. These are made in the USA.
Woofie – The Pet Selfie and Portrait Tool – Retail Value $9.50
You clip this to your phone with one end and put a treat in the other end to catch your pet’s attention. This is supposed to help you keep them still while you snap a photo. It does seem to work, but I haven’t had a smartphone very long and I have absolutely no idea how to get the photos OFF the phone afterward (I have a regular DSLR camera that I prefer to use most of the time).
Modeling the antlers.
Eating a cookie.
I made the mistake of giving Nyx the cookie first, and then she wasn’t interested in toys, so I had to put peanut butter in this, which is why she’s licking it. Nyx has long been a fan of these toys, though, so she will play with it normally when the cookie is forgotten.
Verdict: I calculated a value of $61.03 for January’s VetPet Box. That is not the highest value I’ve seen for this subscription, but it is more than $12 over the month-to-month cost of the box, and I definitely thought the toys were appropriate for heavy chewers, plus Nyx could have 2 of the 3 treats this month, which is pretty good 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.
COUPON: Use code VetPet15MSA to save $15 off your first box!
Value Breakdown: At $49/month for this box, you are paying approximately the following per item:
- Antlers $5.61
- Treats $7.22
- Squarble $8.02
- Kong stick $10.43
- Puppy Scoops ice cream $5.61
- Jerky $4.48
- Woofie $7.63
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