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Great source of "Mojo!"
BigBark Elk Antler Dog Chews are made from 100% All Natural Elk Antlers. These Antlers are harvested from USA Elk primarily in the Rocky Mountains. These Antler are healthy, natural, odor-free and long lasting treats. And because they are Long Lasting they will help keep your dog busy and out of trouble! These Elk Antlers come right out of nature and are completely unprocessed!
Slicing the Antler down the middle makes it easier for your Dog to get to the Inner part of the Antler.
Why Elk Antlers?
- Antler chews are long lasting. They last much longer than chews made of compacted starch, rawhide or bully sticks.
- Antlers for dogs are much less likely to chip or splinter when they are being chewed than processed bones. The chewing action grinds the antler chew down slowly.
- Chew antlers contain many beneficial nutrients and nothing artificial.
- Antlers have virtually no odor or residue to get on your carpet or furniture.
- Antler chews vary in shape, thickness and color. A benefit of purchasing multiple antlers for your dogs is that no two are alike and your dog will enjoy the variety in his chews.
- These Elk Antlers are harvested from free-ranging USA Elk. Some of the antlers are naturally shed and some of the antlers are harvested from animals that have been hunted for sport or food (and not for their antlers!).
Biology of the Antler Chew
Antlers are unique to the deer family and are composed of a bone-like material which regenerates each year and branches out. They grow on the heads of more than sixty kinds of deer, including moose, reindeer, caribou, and elk. Antlers grow only on male deer, moose, and elk, who use them as weapons to fight other males for leadership of the herd or for possession of a mate. Antlers used as dog chews generally come from deer and elk. Moose antler is also available but because it is so flat it does not make for such a good dog chew.
Deer grow a new pair of antlers each year from the time they are a year old. Antlers begin as layers of cartilage that slowly mineralize into bone. In the beginning are soft and easily damaged until they completely mineralize in late summer. Antlers grow very quickly and faster than any other kind of bone, (up to one inch per day during the summer). As they get larger they begin to branch out and are covered with a thin skin of fine fur called velvet. At this time the blood that flows to the antlers stops, and then they begin to harden. When the antlers have reached their full growth, the protective velvet covering dries and the deer will rub the velvet off on trees. Finally in the winter, the antlers fall off, but with each successive year's growth, the antlers branch into more points until the deer has reached his prime.
The hardened antlers are composed of calcium, phosphorous and as much as 50 percent water. Antlers are truly amazing structures. Biologists are studying antlers in hopes of learning the secrets of fast cell growth, which may unlock cures to various forms of cancer.
Helpful Elk Antler chew Tips:
Antlers chews make wonderful chews for dogs but just like any dog chew it is important to be careful and to supervise your dog. Here are a few tips to help your dog maximize its "Mojo" and enjoy the antler chew safely.
Make sure your antler dog chew is large enough so that there is no possibility that your dog could choke on it. If you find that the antler chews that you have purchased are not large enough for your dog, you can return it to us for a refund.
Check your antler chew over for any possible sharp edges. If there are any, it is easy to remove them by rubbing the sharp edge against concrete or sandpaper.
Wash the antler chew in warm, soapy water and rinse well.
Give the antler chew to your dog watch him while he chews it for at least the first few times.
Make sure your dog is gnawing on the antler instead of trying to break the antler chew in half. If he is bearing down hard on the antler like this, it is best to take it away (don't forget to give him a treat for giving it up!), since chewing any hard chew this way could damage his teeth.
Do not allow your dog to chew more than an inch of the antler per day.
Take the the antler chew away from your dog once it gets worn down to a small enough size that your dog could swallow/choke on it.
If your dog likes the antler so much that he guards it from you, you can teach him to drop the antler for a treat, click here for an article on teaching your dog to "drop it". If your dogs fight over their antler chews make sure to give them to them when the dogs are separated.
If your dog isn't interested in the chewing the antler, try rubbing it with sandpaper or a nail file. If your dog still isn't interested in the antler, you could try rubbing it with a small amount of peanut butter or soaking it overnight in water in the refrigerator.
We sell Elk Antlers in the following sizes:
X-Small (1.4oz or Less) - Recommended for Dogs between 10 to 25 lbs
Small (1.5oz to 3.0oz) - Recommended for Dogs between 10 to 25 lbs
Medium (3.1oz to 5oz) - Recommended for Dogs between 15 to 45 lbs
Large (5.1oz to 8oz) - Recommended for Dogs between 30 to 80 lbs
Jumbo (8.1oz or more) - Recommended for Dogs over 50 lbs
We also carry Elk antlers that are sliced right down the middle so that the dogs can get to the morrow right away.
Made in the USA!!
Each Medium Sliced Elk Antler is around 6 to 8 inches long. Each Elk Antler is different and the shapes and sizes will vary. We sort the Antlers by weight and not by length. The Medium's weigh approximately 3 to 5 ounces. If you have a preference for a longer, skinnier antler or for a shorter , thicker antler just put it in the order comments and we will do our best to accommodate your request.
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