If you haven’t seen them, you’ve probably heard of them. And if you haven’t heard of ‘em, then we’re about to blow your mind with one of the most unbeatable, delicious and long-lasting treats your doggo might ever eat.
Deer Antlers are like all-natural, super-chew magic. Whilst they’ve been around almost forever (well, as long as deer have been) they’ve recently become a staple of pet stores everywhere in a smorgasbord of shapes, sizes, colours and textures. From cap to tip, split or whole, small or large: Antlers are a treat with incredible variety.
Since we like to think we’re connoisseurs of fine doggo treats we figured it was time to bring the spotlight on this chew of champions. Stick around to see why Deer Antlers might be the treat your doggo’s been chewing in his dreams.
Are Antlers safe?
There’s something a little daunting about the first time you unwrap an Antler and hand it off to your doggo. Not only can they come in huge and unique shapes, they’re incredibly strong and durable enough to last from months to years in your living room. You may have read a review or opinion piece that gave them a bad rap, and it’s made you hesitant to go out and snag an Antler of your own.
Unlike traditional bones, bully sticks and dental chews, Antlers are much slower to be eaten and require a little more tireless work to break down. Instead of coming apart in pieces, Antlers are gradually ground down by your doggo’s chewing. This makes them particularly low risk for choking, which is perfect for treat-guzzlers – but they might not make a match-made in heaven for highly aggressive chewers seeking instant gratification.
As with any treat, it’s essential to monitor and supervise your pup to ensure they’re chewing safety. If you’ve got a seriously passionate chewer, Antlers might not be the one, consider digestible treats like Jerky, Bones and Bully Sticks.
What are the benefits of antlers?
When we say Antlers can last from months to years we’re not kidding. Depending on how your dog chews, you can consider their Antler a household staple – they’ll see you through Christmases and Birthdays (and probably last longer than our last roommate did). This means virtually endless hours of mental and physical stimulation that keeps their brain – and their teeth – far too occupied to feast on your drywalls.
Need we go on about the benefits of keeping your doggo’s teeth clean and free of tartar? Chowing down on an Antler for just thirty minutes a day can reduce the instances of plaque by a staggering 70 percent – meaning you might just be able to swap out the price of a lavish dental cleaning for a single long-lasting Antler instead.
As a novel protein not commonly found in traditional pet foods and treats, Antlers are seriously low-allergenic for the more sensitive types. Venison meat is a commonly recommended protein for dog’s undergoing an elimination diet, triggering less inflammation and reducing the probability of eliciting an allergic reaction.
Whilst your dog might obsess over the scent of all-natural animal treats, they’re not always kind on human senses. Instead of having to sequester them away in a separate, smell-proof room, Antlers are one of the very few natural treats that are virtually free of odour, staining and residue. Which means your doggo can sneak them onto your pristine velvet couch without needing an emergency steam-cleaning.
Can I give my puppy an Antler?
Just like with adult dogs, supervision is vital when treating with Antlers.
The solid shape and structure of Antlers can aid in gently encouraging puppy teeth to vacate, giving room for grown-up pearly whites to sprout. But if your puppy is already showing signs of having an over-the-top chewing style, there might be more appropriate treats that carry less risk of cracking puppy canines.
If your puppy just can’t go without Antlers the safest option is smaller, split varieties that require less grunt work to get to the good stuff.
Where do WAG Antlers come from?
If you know us, you know that we’ve got a thing for ethically-farmed and mindfully-sourced ingredients. Straight from the temperate wilderness of New Zealand, Deer Antlers are naturally shed in the wild by deer as mating season draws to a close and testosterone levels dramatically decline. If they’re not diligently gathered by hunters, they’re by-products of the Venison trade: which is where we step in (because we never let a good treat go to waste).
Once the Antlers are gathered, ripe and waiting in our warehouses we start our unique dehydration processes. They’re heat-treated at 72C to ensure total sterility for safe chewing, cut down into your favourite sizes (or left whole!) and wrapped up in a label.
Have we talked the Antlers off your head? A seriously unique and invaluable chew, Deer Antlers are a staple of treat stashes everywhere and can be the answer to a variety of chewing-woes. They’re an all-natural treat that just keeps giving – and giving, and giving, and giving – and after the very first bite your doggo will wonder where they’ve been all their life.