Pet Treater Subscription Box Review – December 2015
Pet Treater is a subscription box for dogs. Select from small (up to 20 pounds), medium (21-50 pounds), and large (51+ pounds). This review is for a large dog box. My dog Nyx, a Rottweiler, is about 82 pounds right now.
My Subscription Addiction paid for this subscription. (Check out the review process post to learn more about how we review boxes.)
Here’s a first look at the contents.
The Subscription Box: Pet Treater
The Cost: $24.99 per month on a month-to-month plan, with better deals for longer subscriptions. Tennessee residents will have to pay 9.5% sales tax.
The Products: Treats, toys, and helpful items for dog owners (leashes, poop bags, grooming supplies, etc.).
Ships to: US (free)
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There was no information card in this box, but it did include a letter addressed to Nyx!
There was also a greeting card and information on an ongoing contest. If you send in a picture of your dog enjoying an item from a Pet Treater box, you’ll get a free toy. (Note regarding the photo: really, you should take the tags off toys before giving them to your dog…)
Star Wars Dog Leash – Value $7.85
This is an older item, not a tie-in with the current movie. (It says copyright 2012 on the tag.) Unfortunately, it smells funny and isn’t thick/sturdy enough to use with Nyx. I’ll be passing this on to someone else.
Honorary Reindeer Bandana – Value $2 (?)
This is a custom item and can’t be ordered online. However, you can find sites for bulk ordering custom bandanas, and I based the value on those. This isn’t quite big enough to fit around Nyx’s neck (and tie it so it stays on). That is something I worry about with dog boxes, in general. A 51 pound dog is different from an 80 or 90 pound dog, and item sizes that will work for 51 pound dogs might be inappropriate for, say, Rottweilers.
Crunchkins Edible Card – Value $3.95
This is a cute idea – a card made from rawhide and printed with edible ink. Although the rawhide for this particular card is sourced from Thailand, the Crunchkins site does not promise not to source products from China.
Multipet Loofa Santa Dog Plush Toy – Value $15.20
This lasted Nyx exactly 60 seconds. But they were 60 seconds of happiness! I do wish plush toys were more durable or that perhaps there had been something made of hard rubber (since that is not as easy for Nyx to destroy).
Hear Doggy! Ultrasonic Toy – Value $14.90
This is kind of cool. It has a squeaker that humans can’t hear, but that dogs can. I held this behind my back and squeaked it and Nyx tilted her head the way she does when a sound interests her. So I guess it works. It’s supposed to be made of stronger material so that it lasts a long time. I guess it did last about 10 minutes instead of just one, but this was the end result:
Don’t worry, I took this away from her before she could swallow anything. But it’s a good lesson to supervise your dog with any new toy
Exclusively Dog Harvest Blends Sweet Potato Flavor (7 oz) – Value $8.27
I’m encouraged by the inclusion of these treats. They’re sourced and made in the US and available from sellers that stock current product lines in current packaging.
Nature’s Recipe Oven Baked Chewy Treats, Venison Recipe (4.5 oz) – Value $12.99
Nature’s Recipe treats are made in the US; they source their venison from New Zealand (according to the comments on this Facebook post). This particular product is only available from third party sellers on Amazon and does not appear on the Nature’s Recipe website, though. I am not sure if it is discontinued, seasonal, or in the process of being reformulated. The bag has a sell-by date of October 2016, though. These are free of corn and wheat and also don’t have any chicken, so I am probably going to be able to give them to Nyx.
Paper Craft Holiday Cards – Value $4.49
These are cute and I’ll probably use them eventually. (My general strategy for holiday cards is to buy them on clearance at Target a few days after Christmas, then use the same ones for years until I run out…) It appears these were packaged in sets of four different designs and that the sets were split up? They’re definitely less random than some of the other “human” items from Pet Treater.
Verdict: I calculated a value of about $70 for the December 2015 Pet TreaterDog Subscription Box. This is about the same as last month, although I think the items were a little better/more useful. Some were still closeouts, of course, and I am disinclined to trust the values listed above too much because so many things are only available from third party sellers on Amazon. However, if you don’t mind a few closeouts and older items, this box *does* have a lower price than many other dog subscriptions.