Antler chews are popular dog treats and you’ve probably seen them sold in your local pet store. But what exactly are antler dog chews? Are they good for your dog? What is the difference between split and whole antler chews?
We’re glad you asked!
What are Antler Chews Exactly?
"Not all antlers are created equal, and while some chews are safe and nutritious for your furry best friend, others are bereft of any nutrients for your dog."
Antler chews are exactly what they sound like. Made from the antlers of either deer or elk, these particular dog chews provide hours of entertainment for your dog along with nutrition, as the middle of the antler is filled with mineral-rich marrow, much like in bones.
And don't worry, no animals are harmed when harvesting antlers. Each year deer and elk shed their antlers naturally, and people then go out into forests all around the country collecting them for processing.
Are Antler Chews Good for Your Dog?
The quick answer is yes – the longer answer is – as long as you select the right one. Not all antlers are created equal, and while some chews are safe and nutritious for your furry best friend, others are bereft of any nutrients and may not be as high of quality or checked for flaws.
There are two common antler chews on the market - elk and deer antler chews. Pet Parents® only sells Grade A antlers, the highest grade of antlers available.
Lower grade antlers sold by others may not go through as meticulous of an examination process. Our Gnawtlers® are sorted, weighed, cut, sanded, and vacuum sealed, making sure they are pawfect for your furbaby. Our Grade A Gnawtlers® are chosen from naturally shed antlers from the rocky mountain and heartland regions of the US and are specially chosen for their weight, density, color, and shape to ensure they are the best quality for your pup.
Be very wary when shopping for antler chews for your dog. If you see one that is marked “premium” yet is priced very low, you can almost bet your bottom dollar that it is either an overly-processed elk antler. Yes, premium elk and deer antlers are more expensive, and they should be. They are a superior choice for your dog and one that is safer and more nutritious.
Whole VS Split Antler Chews – Which is Better?
As far as being better or healthier for your dog, there is no real difference. You may find your dog takes faster to a split antler chew, because that delicious marrow core is exposed, so dogs tend to dig right in. Having said that, split chews won’t last as long as whole chews, for obvious reasons, and whole chews are a bit more durable than splits.
The bottom line is, to determine which antler chews – split or whole – will be better for you dog, you have to know your dog very well. If your dog is a small breed that only chews a little bit here and there, then split chews will be more than adequate. If, on the other hand, you have a larger breed that is an aggressive chewer and can go long sessions working the antler, you will definitely want to go with a whole elk antler.
Why Buy Your Antler Chews from Pet Parents®?
Pet Parents® is a company made up of pet parents just like you. We strive to design & create products that make our pets happy & in addition make yours happy as well.
Our antlers are not your average antlers. To begin with, our antlers are specially selected from Grade A premium raw antler for their weight, density, color, & shape. From there, they are meticulously sorted, weighed, cut, sanded, vacuum sealed, & labeled becoming Gnawtlers®. Our pieces are scrutinized from their original raw form laying on the forest ground all the way to your home & your pup to ensure your Gnawtlers® are up to Gnawtlers® standards.
Beyond this, all of our products are given to our pets before production, so we know they will hold up to actual use by your pets. Because of this, all of our products are backed by a 100% money-back guarantee.
This means you can feel good about giving your dog our elk antler chews because they are safe, delicious, and nutritious.
"Our antlers are specially selected from Grade A premium raw antler for their weight, density, color, & shape."