Great question! For us, natural means that it comes from the animal and goes straight to your pet, without any processing, cleaning, bleaching, preserving, etc.. Completely natural.
1. Our antlers are all natural - no processing, additives, preservatives - Nothing.
2. Antlers are incredibly durable. One antler will last a very long time.
3. Antlers are a great bone alternative as they are less likely to splinter and break.
4. They have tons of nutrients like calcium, glucosamine, manganese, phosphorous and iron. The list of nutrients present in antler is actually really long!
5. They help scrape plaque away and improve Pooch's dental health
6. Antlers create zero mess, have no odour, and have a shelf life of several years. They are perfectly low maintenance (but it still hurts when you step on them in the dark! Ouch!)
7. Almost all dogs love antler. There is just something about a real animal product that they absolutely love.
Choose something size appropriate, so your antler is as beneficial as possible for your dog. We have many different sizes and cuts of antler. Try a few different ones and see which your pup enjoys most!
Make sure to talk to your vet if you have questions about elk antler and your dog's health.
Yes, probably! Whatever the elk was rubbing his antlers on is what remains on the antler. Usually it is dirt; maybe some tree bark. There can also be small bits of velvet membrane that didn't come off during the natural shedding process.
When the velvet membrane is rubbed off, sharp bumps are revealed underneath. Over time, the bumps get duller from being rubbed on trees and on the ground, but often there is some sharpness still present.
Fun fact, male elk grow a new set of antlers every year, and as they get older, they keep getting bigger! In the spring, their antlers naturally shed and new ones immediately begin to grow in their place. The growth phase ends in August when the antler turns into bone. At this time, antlers can be safely removed with no harm coming to the animal. Then come springtime, antlers start growing all over again.
It is! It was really important to us to find packaging that wasn't hard on the environment. We ship everything in boxes made of recycled cardboard that are size specific to our antlers so as not to waste additional packaging. And there's no plastic wrap, just an antler in a box!
We think so! We always have a few pieces of antler with us to give away to friends and people we meet. It may sound funny, but antler makes a great host gift. Who doesn't like receiving something special for their pup? Just be warned that we've had people tell us they've rolled over in the middle of the night and found antler in their bed :)
Meet Quill, our Malamute / Siberian / Shepherd cross. He just loves coming with us to feed the elk (we pail feed everyone for half the year!). He's a little elk dog through and through, and we would have one sad pup if we didn't give him elk antler. It's super convenient for us too, because he has a chunk in the truck, on his bed, on the deck (and probably a lot more places because he keeps hiding them) and they keep him occupied for hours without making any kind of mess. It sure makes our lives easier.