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Why are antlers for dogs so expensive?

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Antlers are expensive, we get it… Especially compared to treats that are gobbled up in minutes ‍♀️

However, when it comes to value they’re a great investment. Most dogs get between 6 & 12 months enthusiastic chew time from their antlers – which works out between $1 – $3 a week 

“Even though they are expensive, they are a great value for my dog. He’s still going on his antler after nearly a full year!”

In addition, people often ask why antler chews are so pricey when they’re just collected from the paddock. And that’s a valid question… We’re not in the business of ripping people off, so here’s an explanation…

There’s a limited supply.  Male deer only grow (then drop) one set each year and it they’re usually 5 or 6 years old by the time they can grow full size antlers.

There’s huge demand. There are a multitude of uses for deer antlers from medicinal, to decorative, to crafting & dog chews. In particular, there is enormous demand for antlers for Chinese Medicine purposes internationally (often we can’t even get hold of them before they’re sold overseas).

People that buy our antlers understand that they’re great value – and here’s why:

They’re packed full of healthy minerals.

They’re irresistible for dogs but odourless for humans (which makes them great indoor chew treats).

They last a reeeeaaaalllllly long time.

They’re a great diversionary chew to keep furniture (and sanity) in tact 

They’re an ethical & cruelty free choice (as antlers are dropped naturally each year).

To see more about our range of antlers, check out the SHOP PAGE HERE

 

 

 

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Kefir for dogs: The $2 health tonic you can make at home

Does your dog lick their paws? Do they have skin irritations and mood swings? Home made kefir for dogs could be the answer…

External health & skin issues can often be related to gut health. You’ll be surprised how much success you can get just by introducing probiotics into your dog’s diet.

Even if you feed yoghurt you should consider incorporating kefir as well.paw-licking-dog

Yoghurt keeps the digestive system friendly by feeding the ‘good’ bacteria. However, kefir can actually colonize the intestinal tract with these wonderful single celled organisms. It also contains around 3 times the amount of beneficial bacteria than yoghurt. 

Probiotics in commercial dog food:

Have you seen all the promotions about probiotics in commercial, dried dog food?  What a load of codswallop!

Due to processing and cooking, most commercial kibbles contain a pitiful amount of living, beneficial bacteria by the time they reach your dog’s bowl.

It’ so much easier to make some wholesome milk kefir at home, and that way you know they’re getting the real deal!

What do probiotics actually do?

Beneficial bacteria helps dogs maintain a healthy inner ecosystem. However, often the balance of good bacteria and bad bacteria is  ‘out of whack’

When the bad bacteria outnumbers good bacteria, you run into a whole host of problems. The worst of these ‘bad’ bacteria is Candida. Candida overgrowth in dogs can present in a few ways:

  • Persistent scratching or itching behaviour.
  • Slow healing sores.
  • Excessive chewing & licking of paws.
  • Head shaking and ear infections (with yeasty wax build up)
  • Extreme shedding or hair loss

How to make kefir – the $2 health tonic:

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Kefir ‘grains’ easily sourced from ebay.

Recently we bought some starter ‘grains’ – (though they aren’t grains in the usual sense)  from ebay for $2 and have been making daily batches for our dogs – and ourselves! 

So how do you do it?

  • Add a teaspoon of kefir grains to a cup of milk,
  • Cover the glass secure with cheesecloth (or a chux) and secure with a rubber band.
  • Let it sit out at room temperature, out of direct sunlight for about 24 hours.
  • During this time, the healthy bacterias in the kefir grains will ferment the milk, preventing it from spoiling while transforming it into kefir.
  • When done, the kefir will have thickened to the consistency of a smoothie and taste a little like yogurt.
  • Strain out the grains so you can use them in another batch and keep the kefir for yourself and your dogs!

For dogs you should feed about 3 tablespoons per day and for yourself aim to have a half a cup, to a full cup a day.

Have you tried kefir? We’d love to hear about how it worked out for your dog!

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Could an antler dog chew save your furniture (and your sanity)?

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Do you feel like you’ve tried EVERYTHING and your dog still destroys toys & treats in minutes?

Well an antler dog chew could be the sanity saver you’ve been waiting for…

 

I ordered a big chewy brute in August of last year and Bubba only just finished working it right down as of last Saturday; so a whole year of chewing pleasure, we honestly can’t praise your antlers enough! Keep up the great work and we’ll definitely be putting another order in very soon 😊👍🐾

 

Our Large Chewy Brutes retail for $58 and people often baulk at the price… but with a solid YEAR of chewing – how could you argue that it’s not great value?

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Bubba-licious with his Chewy Brute

 

If you’re smiling and thinking ‘Yah sure, we’ve tried enough tough toys’. What could an antler do that a ‘tough’ toy like a Kong cant do?’…

 

Well, this…

Hektor LOVES his! Chews it all the time and still has about half left 😊 will be due to order again in about three weeks lol.  Your antlers last about 2000 times longer than all his ‘tough chewer kongs’ which he destroys within minutes or at the best two hours!

 

‘Perfect Pets’ Review on Facebook

Bought Antlers for Bibi & Charlie in Feb, took this Vid (posted below) yesterday in August.

Big thumbs up for Deer Antlers for Dogs – Cruelty Free (they shed naturally), Aussie ‘grown’, no chemicals, nutritious & they last!

The dogs don’t chew them constantly till they’re gone like normal bones, but they do have a good chew on them nearly every day. I researched pretty thoroughly & the only negative I came across is some people say aggressive chewers can chip teeth (not this brand not sure if others are harder/drier…). We’ve had no chipped teeth & the cattle dog is a pretty good chewer.

Antler Dog Chews Review – Perfect Pets on Facebook

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What size antler should I give my dog?

You’ve heard about antlers, they sound great.. but now you’re thinking what size antler should I give my dog?

Interestingly, it’s not so much the size that’s important – but the section of antler that the ‘chew’ is selected from. Antlers are super tough at the base and gradually become softer (and tastier) as they extend out.

 

  • For example, our Fallow Straps are selections from the flatter, softer area at the top of the antler. They’re softer than standard antlers and are fantastic for puppies or older dogs. They’re also great as a travel chew.

 

  • Conversely,  Chewy Brutes are taken from the base of the antler which include the bulbous bit that connects to the deer’s skull (before the they shed it). These sections are SUPER tough and are very popular with established chewers.

 

Our Shop Page is segmented into dog sizes – however, here’s a basic rundown to help you decide:

Puppies (under 20 weeks): Choose a Fallow Strap, according to your dog’s size. These are highly nutritious and excellent chews to divert your pup away from shoes, furniture or hazardous items.

Small Dogs: Depending on the chewy determination we suggest a standard Small Antler or a Fallow Strap. Small Antlers are very dense and will last most small dogs over 3 months.

Medium Dogs: Medium antlers are the best choice for your average medium dog. You can request longer, fatter, denser or flatter options on the shop page. If your dog is a super-sonic chewer, then you might want to look at a ‘Chewy Brute’ – as these ones last many months.

Large Dogs: For your average chewy dog, a large antler will be fine. Standard Large Antlers tend to have a higher proportion of tasty marrow, and a narrower wall – which is great for normal chewers but will be demolished within days by chew-a-saurus rex. For those super chewers, a Chewy Brute should last you a few months (at least.. they even last Staffies more than 6 months!)

 

If you’ve got any questions.. dont hesitate to Contact Us and we’ll help you out with selecting the right antler chew xx

 

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Choosing the best large antlers for dogs

Large antlers for dogs – Fallow Straps:

Fallow Straps are a delicious nutrition hit – that are softer than a standard antler.

They’re flatter, with more marrow -because they’re selected from the top of the antler (which is the most nutritious section). 

Our customers mostly use them as an introductory antler for pups or seniors. They’re also given as a special treat. They’re great for keeping dogs occupied – because they’re so damn delicious – but they’re not as long-lasting as the other antlers. 

You can see more about Fallow Straps here

Large antlers for dogs (standard):

As the name suggests – these are the standard large antlers ($3) – and our ‘go to’ recommendation for large & medium dogs. 

They’re ideal for a large dog that’s trying antlers for the first time.  This is because they’ve got a good proportion of toughness and tastiness. 

 

 

 

Gig-Antlers & Eleph-Antlers: 

These antlers are chunkier than the the standard large antlers for dogs – with more tasty marrow. 

Gig-antlers ($38) are longer while the Eleph-Antlers ($36) are round and fat. The Eleph-antlers are fantastic for dogs that need a more rigorous jaw work out or attention to their teefs. 

They weigh a minimum of 200g and are best suited to large breed dogs that enjoy chewing – but are not voracious chewers. For very strong chewers we suggest the Chewy Brutes below. 

You can see Gig-Antlers here and Eleph-antlers here.

 

 

 

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Chewy Brutes:

Available in both large and small – these are the big kahunas of tough antlers. 

They include the base of the antler, known as the burr. The small Chewy Brutes ($36) – are still massive at around 250g minimum (with some going up to 350g). The large ones ($46) are a minimum of 400g of pure chewing challenge. 

Most dogs get between 3 and 6 months chew time. Some even get to 12 months – even with daily chewing.

These antlers are best suited to heavy chewers.

You can check out the Chewy Brutes here. 

 

 

 

 

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Do deer antlers count as vegan dog treats?

Seeing as antlers are naturally shed and collecting them doesn’t harm the deer – does that make antlers vegan dog treats?

Oh hey there Can of Worms… Let’s open you right up, shall we?

On one side of the argument, antlers are an animal product and for that reason they’re NOT considered vegan.

On the other hand, some vegans believe that animal products are not inherently bad. Just like a dropped feather … If the product is no longer required by the animal and there’s no harm caused- then it IS a vegan product. 

Many people don’t know that deer drop their antlers each year. In fact, we often get ‘keyboard warriors’ blasting us for animal cruelty.

In actuality, feeding antlers to your dog is about as cruel as feeding your dog a carrot. 

Deer antlers are shed and regrow each year; horns in contrast, are permanent. 

Every year, once the antler has grown to full size, it will fall off the deer of it’s own accord. These fallen antlers are called ‘naturally shed’ or ‘cast’ antlers. 

For our dog chews, we collect the cast antlers and cut them to size. Sometimes we flavour them for a bit of added deliciousness.

These ‘Fallow Straps’ are taken from the flattest, softest section of the antler. They’re great for pups, seniors or just a special treat.

The Commodity Status

One of the most valid concern about the question of antlers vegan-ness,  is that their consumption could promote the commodity status of animals. The danger there is that others may see a business opportunity and not source their antlers ethically. 

In fact, we’ve seen antler chews in pet stores that have clearly not been taken from naturally shed antlers.

You can learn how to identify whether antlers have been ‘naturally shed’ here

Once people understand the meaning of ‘naturally shed’ then most vegans & vegetarians see nothing wrong with feeding those deer antlers to dogs.  For many, it’s like  collecting berries or picking up manure. 

Furthermore, there’s an array of benefits to feeding antlers to dogs. Including:

  • Antlers are a rich source of protein, minerals and trace elements – which make them a real nutrition powerhouse for dogs. 
  • Despite being irresistible to dogs, they’re odourless to humans which makes them great for indoor chewing. 
  • They last a REALLY long time… we’re talking 6 months + (and that’s even for super chewers like Staffies!)

So depending on your particular standpoint, antlers may or may not be considered a vegan dog treat. However, one things for sure – and that’s that no deer are harmed in the process of sourcing these dog chews. 

What are your thoughts? Do you consider antlers to be vegan? 

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5 reasons customers prefer Antlers for Dogs over chain store chews

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Last time we bought an antler – the ‘large’ store bought antler was down to a 2cm piece in under 1hr… 

However your ‘Gig Antler’ looks like it could be the best thing we have found! It looks massive and strong!

(UPDATE) – ‘ Three weeks later and she has still not even made a dent in that monster! I am over the moon!’ –  Precious Paws Animal Rescue 

 

Many of our customer’s store bought antlers haven’t lived up to expectations. At between $20 and $40 it’s no surprise that some people aren’t interested in trying them again.

So why are store bought antler chews less satisfying than our antlers?

  • They can be chalky and brittle.
  • The size & weight is smaller (in comparison to ours, at least).
  • There’s evidence that they aren’t naturally shed (which means they’re not exactly cruelty free).

BTW this picture is Aramis (from Australian Dog Lover). She’s chewing on a Chewy Brute from our range (not a store bought antler 🙂  

There’s every chance you’ve arrived at this page because you’re interested in trying antlers (again).

So what’s the difference with our antlers? What makes them a better choice?

• Our antlers are natural products. They aren’t treated or imported – they are cut to size and that’s it. This means they have all the delicious and intriguing smells of the farm still intact.

They may even have mysterious grubby bits of ‘farm’ still attached. This can be a bit icky to humans but utterly scrumptious to dogs. 

• They’re collected from antlers that are naturally dropped by the deer each year. This means there is no human interaction needed to source them. Feel free to check out our recent article about how to really tell if your antler is ‘cruelty free’.

• Anecdotally, our antlers last much longer than anything our customers have bought from large chain stores. (We don’t really know why this is – but we’re thrilled with the feedback).

• Every now and then, a customer will tell us that their previous antlers have stunk! Again – we have no idea what happens to them for them to get smelly. However, our antlers remain odourless for the duration of their chew time. This makes them an excellent choice for indoor chewing.

What about the price? Our antlers are priced in accordance with all other antlers on the market. In many cases they are cheaper – especially when you compare by weight.

Our antlers start from $10 and all orders have free postage… baaargain! 

 

Choosing the right size & type of antler for your dog:

Our shop page is categorised into suggestions for Small, Medium and Large dog breeds.

For softer chews, such as those for senior dogs or for young puppies – we suggest Fallow Straps. These are selected from the flatter, top section of the deer’s antler. The wall is thinner and the marrow is more easily accessible.

For serious chewers (those dogs that will eat the house in lieu of anything else), we suggest our famous Chewy Brutes. Chewy Brutes are selected from the base of the antler, and include the stumpy bit called the burr. This is the strongest, hardest section of the antler.

For something new and exciting – why not try a flavoured antler for dog treat? Our Beef & Apple Cider Vinegar soaked antlers are incredibly popular and now come in Small, Medium & Large sizes. 

(NB – these antlers are a little softer than a standard antler – and as a result they don’t last quite as long. But they’re twice as delicious! Most of our customers use these as introductory antlers for their dogs – or as a special treat for birthdays or special occasions)

To see photos and testimonials from happy dogs and their humans – please take a moment to check out our ‘Reviews Page’

As soon as I gave this to my dog, it was hard to separate them. She really enjoys this long lasting chew, it has lasted longer than any other chew treat or toy I have purchased!

My dog absolutely loves these antlers. They are brilliant for heavy chewers.

They don’t smell and they aren’t messy.

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Antlers for dog chews: How to tell if your antlers are cruelty-free

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Many dog owners choose antlers for dog chews because they’re cruelty free. But how do you really know if you’re getting exactly that?

I walked into a pet store chain the other day. Just sussing out the competition as you do…

As usual, their antlers were pretty over-priced, chalky and felt a bit like pumice stone. However, the thing that really got me – was that some of their antlers still had tufts of hair attached to the base and had clearly been sawn off the deer’s skull. 

Right under the sign saying ‘Naturally shed, ethical dog treats’ was evidence that these antlers were clearly removed from the animal. 

Urgh. 

So how can you know whether you're actually getting 'naturally shed antlers'?

The simplest & easiest way to ascertain whether your deer antler dog chews have been ethically sourced is by looking at the base of the antler. When antlers are naturally shed, they leave a more textured base – as the antler slowly works free of the skull. 

In most cases, if the base shows a clean cut or signs of saw marks – or even worse, hair tufts – then it has been forcibly removed. 

If the base is bulbous and textured (like the photo below) then the antler has fallen from the deer of it’s own accord. 

 

Forcibly removed antlers

Evidence of sharp, clean cuts at the base of the antler.

Naturally shed antlers

A textured, bulbous base indicates that the antler fell from the deer of it’s own free will.

A few things to note

  • It may be difficult to tell if you’re looking at the base.

We use a drop-saw to cut up our antlers. This means it might be difficult to tell if you’re looking at a clean cut from further up the antler – or a clean cut from the base. 

ALL our antlers are naturally shed, and the smaller chews are generally cut from further up the antler (long after it has fallen from the deer – by natural causes.

If you do buy your antler dog chews from a pet store – check out all the antlers they have on display and you’ll probably be able to identify the base (or burr). Make sure it’s rough and natural looking. 

  • The base of the antler is also called the burr. 

The burr is the toughest part of the antler. After all it’s the bit that connects the antler to the deer. 

The burr is the signature section of our popular Chewy Brutes (super tough antlers for super chewers). Unless you have ordered one of them, you probably wont be able to see that the burrs (or base) are rough and textured.

If you’d like to see what the bases of our antlers look like, plenty of people have posted reviews of their Chewy Brutes (see review page here or check out the visitor posts on our Facebook Page). 

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Even though you can see clean cuts on the ‘branches’ – you can see the rough textured burr on this Chewy Brute.
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Spring Time Issues for Dogs

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Spring time issues for dogs are sometimes overlooked as we kick our heels up at the (very welcome) warmer weather.

Here are some factors to consider around your home and garden to make Spring as safe as it can be for your four-legged friend.

1. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases

Ticks are more than just creepy; they can spread a number of different diseases that affect both pets and people.

The best way to protect your pet is with preventative treatment. Ask your veterinarian for advice and click here to learn more about ticks and the diseases they spread.

2. Parvo and Other Contagious Diseases

Warmer weather and closer contact among animals encourage diseases to spread. This can be serious, such as a parvo outbreak in dogs, for example.

Make sure your pets are up to date on the most important vaccines, and be particularly aware of a boarding facility’s reputation and get necessary inoculations before boarding your pets.

3. Metaldehyde (Slug Bait)

Snail bait represents a major risk for dogs and cats and is a more common source of poisoning than you may expect.

Snail and slug bait products typically contain the poison metaldehyde, and they taste sweet to pets. It’s important that you know the symptoms of metaldehyde poisoning in case your pet is exposed.

4. Pick Up the Sticks

After the winter chill and with much more outdoorsy time, your dog is probably going to be attracted to sticks. While you might guess that they are suitable toys and entertainment items for your dog, but they’re actually not.

Branches and sticks can splinter/break, cut a dog’s mouth/throat and cause a severe choking hazard.  Instead of sticks, use suitable toys as an outlet for your dog.

5. Allergy central

Like us, pets can be allergic to foods, dust, plants and pollens – which can make Spring time a mine-field. Allergic reactions in dogs can cause itching, minor sniffling and sneezing, or life-threatening anaphylactic shock to insect bites and stings.

If you suspect your pet has a springtime allergy, please visit your veterinarian as soon as possible.

6. Toxic Lawn Treatments

Don’t use unsafe garden products on your own lawn, and beware of your neighbour’s toxic chemistry projects too. It’s amazing what toxins people will use just to keep a lawn looking like an iridescent green carpet free of weeds.

 

 

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How to stop a bitey puppy

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How do you stop a bitey puppy?

Biting and nipping is natural behaviour for puppies. Dogs use their mouths to explore the world around them.  They spend a lot of their formative months chewing and investigating objects (including their human!)

Please note that the worst thing you can do is physically punish your pup – because it’s just their natural behaviour.

This behaviour can be very frustrating for owners so here are a few ways you can stop your puppy being quite so bitey.

  • Yelp and ignore

When puppies play with each other, they’re usually very mouthy. You’ll notice that when a pup is mouthed or bitten too hard, they will yelp and stop playing. This noise is effective at startling the bitey puppy so they release and move onto other puppy adventures.

You can use this to your advantage by making a yelping noise when your puppy bites and then ignoring them for 20 seconds. It’s important not to pull away from the bite as this can stimulate instinct to tug and play harder.

  • Redirection or distraction

You can satisfy your pup’s urge to mouth and explore things by offering suitable chews and toys, instead of your own skin.

When they try to bite or mouth you – you can offer a more appropriate toy like a rope toy or deer antler.

  • Deterrents

If you find that distraction and deterrents aren’t discouraging your pup from biting, then you it’s time to consider deterrents.

Water pistol/ spray bottle: The beauty of using a sharp burst of water to deter your pup is that it shocks them but causes no harm. You just need to remember to have it within arm’s reach.

Anti Chew sprays: There are a multitude of deterrent sprays on the market. These range from spicy to bad tasting sprays which are used to discourage your puppy from chewing. If you’re too heavy handed with these sprays then your dog can get used to them – suggest using them for high hazard areas like power cords.

  • Provide plenty of exercise and play time

As you’ve know doubt learnt – your new pup has energy to buuurrrrn… Even if they haven’t passed the vaccination threshold and can’t go outside your yard yet – make sure you provide plenty of exercise (and stimulation).

By playing fetch, or kicking a ball you’ll strengthen your bond and also let them get rid of that excess energy.

Even if it’s raining,  you can play plenty of indoor games or weather appropriate games to provide the stimulation your pup needs.

For some great ideas on what you can do when it’s raining outside read this article: Active Indoors: What you can do when it’s too wet to walk your dog