Montana Elk Antlers ~ Extra Large Grade A

Vendor: Planet Blue Dog
Type: Dog Treats

Extra Large Antlers are a healthy, long lasting chew for dogs. These are cut from Montana Elk Antlers and range in size from 7″ to 9″ long and are 1 1/2″ to 2″ in diameter and weigh 8-9 ounces.

Antler is a very strong material with a hard outside layer and a softer sponge-like center. Dogs love the flavor of the antler and will try and chew the center out; these chews do not splinter and will last a very long time.  Antlers have a water content of 40-50% and a mineral content of approximately 20% calcium, 10% phosphorus.

The amazing antler cycle starts in the late winter or early spring after the previous years antlers have been shed.  The antlers start growing with a rich supply of blood and minerals through the pedicles on the top of the animal’s head.  The antler is covered with a soft skin called velvet during the growth period, lasting 90 to 150 days with most of the hardening or mineralization occurring within the last 1/3 of the period.  Bulls and bucks then rub their antlers on trees and shrubs to shed the velvet.  By mid to late winter, the pedicle begins to develop again and the previous years’ antler.