Frequently Asked Questions about Elk Antler Dogs
The following are frequently asked questions about elk antlers for
dogs. The FAQ is an honest accumulation of facts that will address the
concerns of every dog owner when it comes to antlers.
1. Which part of the antlers are used?
entire antler that is naturally shed by the elk is gathered and then
processed as a chew for dogs. Each prong is cut, packed and sold. The
elk are not forced to give up their antlers, nor are they exposed to any
form of harassment to get the antlers.
2. What the benefits of giving elk antler to dogs?
are several kinds of antlers readily available as dog chews in the
market. Feedback from owners and even research has shown that elk
antlers may be the best of its kind for this purpose because it is not
hard or dense enough to cause your dog to break a tooth. The density is
just right and the marrow is proportionate to the outer covering. Being
less dense, these kind of antlers are less prone to snapping or
breaking. This lowers the risk of your dog ingesting a sharp piece of
3. How are the antlers harvested?
Many dog owners
are concerned about the process of which the antlers are harvested since
they envision the elk trussed up, tied down and subjected to a saw to
cut off its antlers. The truth of the matter is that elk, and all other
kinds of deer, shed their antlers regularly. Farmers who raise elk
actually just have to gather the antlers that they find on the ground
and then process them.
4. What is the difference between deer antler and elk antler?
both elk and deer are from the same family, there is a big difference
when it comes to their antlers and their cores. Deer antlers are much
harder and denser than elk which make them dangerous for strong chewers
and dogs with strong jaws. This is because large pieces might break off
and splinter causing injury to the stomach and the intestines. Elk
antlers may be broken down to smaller, digestible pieces due to their
5. Can my dog get the same benefits from elk antlers as elk velvet?
antlers and elk velvet are different even if they come from the same
source. The velvet is gathered from the live ends of the antlers as
these grow. These are the soft ends from which the antlers grow and
harden from. Hardened antlers which are ready to shed are pretty much
the results of the velvet growing and although the antlers harden from
velvet, they are not nutritionally similar. Antlers are made up more of
calcium and some protein.
6. Can chewing on elk antlers improve the quality of life of my dog?
chewing on elk antlers can improve the gum health of your dog. Healthy
gums equals to healthy teeth and mouth which equals to better eating
7. What other benefits come from elk antlers aside from a healthy canine oral cavity?
from the healthy gums and teeth, your dog or puppy will also be less
chewy when he or she already has a chew toy which is organic and
naturally occurring in the wild. This means less destruction in your
home, furniture and shoes. At the same time, the marrow that comes with
the antlers contain some nutrients that can be beneficial for dogs.
8. How soon can I give my puppy elk antlers to chew?
may have to wait until your puppy is older before giving it elk antlers
to chew. There is a stage when puppies have a funny feeling in their
teeth and the urge to chew is strong. Make sure that the antlers you
give are just the right size for the puppy; not small enough to choke on
and not big enough that he or she cannot chew it.
9. How long will the antlers last?
long the antlers last is dependent on how much a chewer your dog is.
The antlers last longer when you have a young puppy because they are
strong chewers yet. Adult dogs in their prime who are very good chewers
may have the antlers for just a few days and then break these down to
eat. Some also hide their chew toys so you'll just be wondering where it
10. Are there any negative side effects from giving my dog elk antlers to chew?
supervision, there are no negative side effects in giving your dog elk
antlers to chew on. You just need to keep an eye on how your dog breaks
it down. Some dogs have some problems with people and other animals
taking their things and he or she may be possessive about it.
FAQ table addresses many of the questions and concerns that some dog
owners have for their pets regarding elk antlers. By far, elk antlers
are very good to chew and have some nutritional benefit as well..