Elk Antlers are probably best known by their durability against strong chewers. They are all-natural, a novel protein source and a good treat for dental care.
Elk antlers are naturally shed by elk in the spring, and are cut down or halved for distribution to dogs. They are a great long-lasting chew as they do not splinter, chip or easily break. The marrow (or the inside) of the antler is what the dogs crave. For dogs who have not yet had an elk antler, starting with an antler with the marrow exposed and maybe a little bit of peanut butter on top is enough to get almost any dog onto this wonderful chew. For those seasoned dogs who know what they’re after, a fully enclosed antler will last much longer.
Being naturally-shed, antlers are less processed then almost any other treats, with no fillers, additives, dyes or preservatives and are also odour-free. They also contain beneficial sources of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, iron, zinc and manganese. They are helpful when cleaning teeth as the surface abrasion of the antler to teeth will help remove plaque and tartar.
A couple precautionary measures are useful when giving elk antlers to your pets. Avoid giving elk antlers to puppies with milk teeth, as adult teeth are more dense and less susceptible to fracturing when biting harder objects. Also supervision should also be advised, if a dog is to chomp down with full strength there is still the possibility of fracturing a tooth or the possibility of choking on a small object if they have chewed it down completely.
Food For Thought
What chews do your dogs enjoy?