Elk Antler Chews for Dogs FAQ
Elk antler chews…so what’s all the buzz about? They’re super healthy and long lasting, and may just be what you’re looking for for you’re dog that loves to chew.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about elk antlers for dogs that we receive at shows and through our website and their answers. Click on any of the frequently asked questions below to see a detailed answer.
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Yes. All of our animals enjoy them on a regular basis. We would never knowingly sell an item that would harm an animal in any way. These antlers begin life as cartilage and end up as a form of calcified bone on the animal’s head. At peak growth, they can grow an amazing one to two inches per day. Once they are finished growing, the blood supply is shunted away from the antlers and the calcification begins. In the late fall/early winter the calcified antlers are shed (drop off), and are collected by “shed hunters”. If they are not quick, the animals of the forest will quickly grab and eat them for the valued source of calcium and minerals. The antlers are extremely strong. They resist breaking, splintering and shattering like many other forms of cooked and raw long bones on the market. We always recommend careful supervision with any chew related product!
No. There is such a small amount of material removed in a sitting that it doesn’t effect the dogs chemistry. These elk antlers are composed of mostly calcium. Calcium is a critical component of both growth and maintenance in the dogs diet. Teeth, bone and connective tissue are but a few of the systems that require a constant source of externally acquired calcium. Wild dogs, wolfs and large cats all consume copious amounts of raw bone in the wild. There is no “mommy” to take the meat off the bone. That source of calcium allows them to rebuild bone and tissue throughout their lives.
Yes. Do they smell bad? No. We constantly allow our customers to smell the elk antlers at our events. No one has ever refused to purchase one of our antlers based on a bad smell experience. If there wasn’t a scent the dog would just let the antler lay there. They can smell slightly gamey to you and I, but they drive most dogs nuts. The smell is always contained within the antler and cannot be spread like marrow grease or that terrible smoked red color additive.
Yes. Most people that are exposed to dog teeth that have been regularly maintained with antlers can’t believe how white and tartar free the teeth are. We call them nature’s tooth brush. As they wear down, the constantly changing shape of the antlers will provide different chewing surfaces all the time. The teeth will never engage the elk antler in exactly the same way. Stop wrestling your dogs in an attempt to brush their teeth. Let those dogs clean their teeth the natural way, with bone.
No. All of the color in our elk antlers is naturally occurring. It does not come off and can’t be transferred to clothing, fur, or anything else.
The whiter the antler the longer they have laid in the sun. They will gradually bleach out and continue to calcify over time. The ELK antlers that are darker tend to have more scent and are better for young, old, or first time chewers. The whiter colored antlers tend to be slightly tougher to get through and are not as scent filled.