Last October review! I’m finally all caught up, so I can officially focus on November now. I decided to try a new pet subscription box for Maddie, just because she’s been going through all her toys and chew and I’m so curious about the new pet subscriptions that are popping up seemingly everywhere.
Pet Treater is a dog subscription box that sends out treats, toys, and various gadgets and gizmos. They don’t give a specific value for each box and the website states that “each box typically contains a yummy treat for your pup, and usually an interactive toy as well”. It costs $24.99/month, and it’s less if you sign up for a longer subscription. A whole year brings the cost of each box down to only $19.99!
This box is huge!! And so colorful and cheerful, it made me happy just to see it! The box is sturdy, well designed, and I think it would make a really fabulous gift.
Your first box comes with a free bed if you use promo code PT-BED, so if you’re interested definitely try it out! There are different sizes, and you will receive the appropriate one for your dog. I think received the largest one, which is just enough for my 46 pound dog. If you have a larger dog I don’t think they have a bigger bed option, unfortunately.
Maddie on her new bed. The stuffing isn’t very substantial, so I definitely wouldn’t use it as her every day bed. It’s pretty thin and wouldn’t provide much padding on a hardwood or tile floor. With that being said, she likes the fleece material and it does well on carpet. We keep it in the living room near the couch so she has a soft spot to hang out with us when we watch TV, but at night she definitely still prefers her regular bed.
I thought it was really cute that they included a hand addressed envelope to my dog! Definitely felt very thoughtful and the welcome letter was a sweet touch.
Swiss Tech Dog Leash Light | $11.99
I had never considered getting a leash light before I saw this, but it makes so much sense. I’ve been using it on her leash ever since and it’s been very helpful. Especially with how much rain we’ve been getting here, it’s nice to be able to see where puddles are and where mud is to prevent slipping. Bonus points for coming with the batteries pre-installed. I hate getting gadgets that I have to run out and buy specialty batteries for!
It clipped onto her leash perfectly and so far it’s been really great! Very bright and simple to use, and small enough not to be obtrusive when I’m holding the leash.
Nylabone Happy Time Edible Chew | $6.99
Nylabone is a brand that we’ve purchased before, and all their products are made in the USA. The chew is made from chicken, but the first 5 ingredients are: wheat starch, rice flour, wheat gluten, glycerin, and natural flavor. Chicken is the 6th ingredient in the list. I don’t like giving my dog treats with high amounts of glycerin, so I think I’m going to pass on this chew. This product has been discontinued, so I’m guessing this is leftover products that haven’t sold yet. The expiration date on the back is 6/15/16, so it’s still okay to use.
Pet Head Canine Foot Bath | $8.99
I thought this was a really amusing product when I pulled it out of my box. The idea is funny, right? It actually is a smart thing to keep in my car for dog parks, because Maddie is always getting her paws super muddy. This does clean better than a wet cloth. I like that they also included a red microfiber cloth to dry your dogs paws afterwards. It fits nicely in a neat package and I foresee actually using it.
It fits Maddie’s paws, but I doubt it would work for larger dogs. Again, she’s about 46 pounds with average sized paws. Look at her confused face trying to ask “but whyyyy??”.
Nylabone Romp N Chomp Roller Treat Toy | $15.99
Another Nylabone product. They make very durable toys, so I was happy to see this is one that can be reused. Maddie has a love for all rubber toys that can take a lot of chewing, so this is a good choice for her.
The treats can be refilled with Nylabone’s refills, though it looks like not many online pet shops are selling them. Perhaps this is another discontinued item? You can still buy them on Amazon, but I haven’t found them on Petco or Petsmart or even Walmart’s online stores.
Since this treat is pretty small I let her have almost half of it, despite the fact that it does have glycerin as the 4th ingredient. Once the treat part got small enough, I threw it away and she loves playing with the rubber toy. It’s easy to refill with peanut butter or pureed pumpkin (her favorite!), so she’ll definitely use this toy in the future.
Full Moon Chicken Bacon Treats | $13.99
Made with 100% human food grade ingredients with no artificial preservatives, corn, wheat, or soy. It’s also made in the USA and has a wholesome ingredients list. I’m glad to see a really big bag of treats–this is 12.5 ounces! It does expire on 4/10/2016, so if you’re like me and have a backlog of treats for your dog to try, this would have to go to the front of the line.
Petlou Colossal 14 Inch Warthog | $17.99
Omg how cute is this plush toy? I almost didn’t even want to give it to my dog because I knew she would shred it in minutes. It features a squeaker in the middle that makes an oinking sound, which is something a bit different from your regular squeakers. I think Maddie found it to be a pleasant surprise.
How completely adorable is his face??
Look how gigantic this plush is! It’s larger than her head, and she had a blast tossing it around and chomping on it. It didn’t last, but that’s expected of all plush toys.
The Master of Life Neoprene Oven Mitt | $5.00 (?)
This was the little extra gift for the human, which I appreciate. It does seem like sort of an odd choice though. Maybe if it came with a cute recipe for baked dog treats it would have made more sense? Because otherwise I’m not really seeing the connection between oven mitts and dogs. I can’t find this item online, so I’m guessing on the value.
Overall verdict: I spent $24.99 and received about $80.94 worth of products (plus the free pet bed!), which is an amazingly high value for a pet box. I really liked the fun gadgets like the foot bath and leash light, but I’m less impressed with the treats. With this box, I definitely feel like I have to check the expiration dates and ingredients lists to ensure that I can give the treats to my dog. With Barkbox, I never have that worry. But I also never get cool gadgets with Barkbox. I think there’s room in this household for both subscriptions, and I’m going to give Pet Treater a few more months to see how consistent the boxes are.