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Powerhouse Jelly – Home- Made Healing Recipe for Dogs

Healing Powerhouse Jelly

Powerhouse Healing Jelly. This is a home-made recipe designed to maximise the mineral & protein benefits of deer antlers for dogs. 

We created ‘Powerhouse Healing Jelly’ when one of our dogs went through some seriously traumatic surgery. She was an old dog and she suffered a lot of blood loss during the surgery. 

Antlers help to boost the protein content in dog’s bodies. This assists with wound healing, organ function & a wide range of important bodily processes. Obviously our old girl wasn’t going to be in a state to chew on her antler (at least for the first few days) so I drew out the antler minerals through this recipe that we nicknamed the Powerhouse Healing Jelly. 

Kelp helps to regulate cellular growth and muscle development.  

Chicken feet contain glucosamine chondroitin, collagen and trace minerals. The collagen is particularly important as it helps the body absorb protein & increases the production of red blood cells. 


  • 4 chicken feet
  • 1 litre of water


Bring water to the boil & add Antler Soupies & chicken feet. 

Simmer softly for 4 hours. Make sure it’s just a soft, rolling simmer – nothing furious. You’re aiming to have 25o mls of liquid left after 4 hours. 

For basic method: Add kelp, let sit for 15 minutes and then whisk with a fork so that the kelp is distributed through the liquid. Refrigerate. 

For layered method: Halve the remaining broth and add kelp to one half. Pour 1/2 of remaining broth into a glass jar & refrigerate until it’s formed a jelly. Layer with kelpy broth & refrigerate until a jelly is formed & repeat. 


Small dogs (to 14kgs): Half a teaspoon up to 4 x per day. 

Medium dogs (to 18kgs): One teaspoon up to 4 x per day. 

Large dogs (over 18kgs): 1.5 teaspoons up to 4 x per day. 

NB: Antlers active ingredients can be destroyed by reacting with tannic acid in fruits and vegetables. This means you should feed your dog Powerhouse Healing Jelly 40 minutes prior to feeding a meal that contains fruit or vegetables. 

And relevant deer antler studies show that taking lactobacillus simultaneously can be tremendously beneficial when taken with antler. If possible, add a little yoghurt or kefir to the jelly upon feeding. 

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Scrumptious antler chew for dogs: Beef & Apple Cider Straps & Antlers

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Munch, crunch, lick, chew, chomp!

Dogs all around Australia are going bananas for our freshly prepared Beef & Apple Cider deer antler treats. They’re the antler chew for dogs that deserve and extra special treat. 

These delectable antler treats are soaked in home made beef bone broth & organic, farm produced apple cider vinegar. And dogs are going bonkers for them!

Antlers are a long-lasting, anxiety relieving treat for dogs to chew. They’re also cruelty free – as they’re sourced from antlers that are dropped by deer every year (with no need for human interference – we just collect them).

For those with indoor dogs, antlers are ideal because they’re  odourless and non slimy which makes them perfect for a nomming away on the carpet. 

Why bother with a flavoured antler?

– some of our customers dogs love them so much, their humans have started stockpiling them incase we run out (yes! that’s a true story!)
– as a special treat for birthdays or special occasions. 
– to entice fuss-pot dogs to get a ‘taste’ for antlers. This has proven to be a successful strategy to transition dogs who were previously not interested in antlers.

Things to be aware of:

Longevity: During the soaking process the antlers become softer.  This means that flavoured antlers may not last as long as the ‘straight outta the paddock’ variety. 
Fun police: They are obscenely delicious. This means your dog will want to chew, chomp, munch and crunch for hours upon hours. HOWEVER – you need to monitor their consumption and make sure that your dog doesnt consume more than 1cm a day. This is because deer antlers are rich in protein and minerals – which may cause an upset tummy or the ‘squitters’ if your dog has too much. 
Best Before: We suggest giving the flavoured antlers to your dog as soon as possible. If you MUST stockpile… 😉 then please store them in an air tight container with some rice or salt to absorb any excess moisture. 

For more information: 

Check out some of our recent reviews here or visit the Shop Page for details on the flavoured antlers we have in stock. 

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‘We gave Gatsby his Beef and Apple Cider antler for his birthday. It’s his absolute favourite and he hasn’t stopped chewing on it’

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Deer antler chews: The best indoor treats for dogs

No mess. No smell. dogs

Why antlers are the best indoor chew treat for your dog. antler horn for dogs

Do you enjoy letting your dog inside for some quality family time? Often our dogs can be so much more relaxed when they have a treat or toy to occupy themselves.

While dogs might love to chew on raw, meaty bones – us humans definitely don’t love it when they try to bring them inside.

That stink? No thank you! 

Natural deer antlers are the scrumptious, nutritious treat that won’t smell or make any mess in your house.

  • Deer antler dog chews are completely irresistible to dogs – yet odourless to humans.
  • Antlers don’t splinter.
  • Antlers don’t get gooey or slimy


I would like to thank you on behalf of Fagin, Maggie & Jess for the antlers. They are wonderful. Jess is a 5 month old Labradoodle & it is the best thing for her teething. The other 2 love them also.


Why would your dog like antlers if they are hard and smell flavourless?

antler horn for dogsDogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses, compared to about six million in us. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analyzing smells is, proportionally speaking, 40 times greater than ours.
To us, antlers are odourless but to our dogs they’re a tantalizing treat that smells (and tastes) utterly delicious.

Our deer antler dog chews are:

Cruelty free. Sourced from naturally shed deer antlers.

Highly nutritious. Antlers are packed with protein and essential minerals like calcium, phosphorous and zinc.

Long lasting. Many of our dogstomers get between 3 – 6 months chew time from their antlers… This even includes Great Danes and Staffies.


Interested to know more about antler chews? Why not check out some of our recent reviews by clicking the button below



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Active indoors: What you can do when it’s too wet to walk your dog

As the days get colder and wetter, those of us with active dogs need to start thinking ‘outside the square’ when it comes to providing daily exercise & stimulation.

While nothing will substitute for a big run & sniff in the great outdoors – here are some activities you can use when it’s just too wet to take your dog to the park.   

Upstairs, Downstairs:

If you’re lucky enough to have a multi storey home – you can use your stairs to provide short quick bursts of exercise for your dog.

And no, you’re not expected to run up and down the stairs (unless that’s your thing…)

Instead stand at the top of the stairs and throw your dogs favourite toys to the bottom and ask them to retrieve it.

It’s just like a ‘beefed up’ version of fetch. 


Trick training:

Sometimes it’s not just about physical exercise. Your dog can also benefit from mental stimulation.

Why not polish up on your commands or start working on some new tricks to teach your dog.

Remember not to use a huge amount of treats for this training because the last thing your dog needs is more calories to burn off. 

If you’re feeling really ambitious you can teach your dog the names of their different toys with this tutorial. 

BTW – you might need to turn the volume up for this video.


Swimming Lessons:

As you know, swimming is fantastic exercise for dogs and humans alike.

Have a quick Google to find out whether there’s an indoor or heated pool for dogs near you. It will be great fun for both of you. 


Try a Treadmill:

News Flash: You don’t need a specialised dog treadmill for this – as they can be quite pricey. 

Even if you don’t own a human treadmill already – they’re a staple item at garage sales around the country so you should be able to pick one up quite cheaply.

However, it’s important that you don’t just plonk your dog on a human treadmill and hope for the best – instead check out this great resource for training your dog to use a human treadmill. 

Training your dog to use a treadmill


Doggy Daycare:

With more and more of these popping up around the country – maybe winter is the best time to try out your local centre?

Most owners say that their dogs get so much exercise and stimulation after a day at Doggy Daycare that they’re completely zonked when they come home.

For most dog owners, the cost for full time care is quite high – but it is a good option if you’re working long hours and the opportunity for exercise is limited. 


The relaxation protocol:

The Relaxation Protocol is a series of increasingly difficult tasks that you and your dog complete.

The idea is that the dog will a) gain impulse control in a variety of situations and b) associate the mat with a place for calm, relaxed behaviour.

It’s pretty fascinating and you can find out more here



Be wary of offering puzzle toys or ‘stuffing’ toys to compensate for exercise. What you’re really doing is giving your dog even more energy to burn off… and giving yourself more mess to clean up. Antlers are fat-free, mineral-rich, odourless & non-messy – so pretty much the ideal indoor chew treat. 

 Remember that none of these are a substitute for real, outdoorsy exercise but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do to keep the peace. Whatever you do, don’t keep them cooped up inside and expect your dog not to vent their frustration. 

Find out why antlers are ideal as indoor chew treats for your dog here.

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Pet Insurance – Is it for You?

Pet Insurance Australia takes a look at the facts that is causing so many Aussies to join in the trend and comprehensively insure their beloved pets.

Pet insurance is one of the fastest growing sectors of the insurance market. But why is this growing trend quickly becoming a must for most pet homes?

For many new pet owner’s, it’s around this time of year that their adorable Christmas ball of fluff is fast becoming a cat or a dog. As their needs grow, in many cases, so does the impending vet fees.

With such an increase in the available treatments open to our cats and dogs, it’s no wonder the cost of vet care is not cheap. In fact, 20 years ago many of the life saving techniques now offered by veterinarians across Australia were not even a consideration for our precious pets.

From cancer treatments to surgical advancements, diagnosis, and much more, vets are now saving more companion animals from life threatening disease and injury than ever before.

This impressive technological breakthrough in Veterinary Medicine, has saved countless lives that would have once been lost, however it has come at a cost. 

For a common vaccination and a check-up the costs can range from $80 to $120. However, if your new pup or kitten does require veterinary treatment for more serious conditions the costs can reach into the thousands.

So how does pet insurance help with all of this?

You can claim up to 80% of eligible vet costs. This means on a high end procedure such as a complex fracture or foreign body ingestion complication you could be reimbursed as much as $10,000 on a vet bill of $12,500. For any pet owner, this is a huge saving and can mean the difference between life and death. Double income, no kids, or the family of five, in today’s world and the current cost of living finding a quick $12,500 is simply not an option.

TOP 5 Kitten Claims Top 5 Puppy Claims

Diarrhoea – $100 – $600 Otitis Externa (ear) – $100 – $1,500

Conjunctivitis – $100 – $900 Conjunctivitis – $100 – $300

Lethargy  $350 – $2,500 Diarrhoea – $150 – $1,500

Foreign Object – $500 – $4,500 Ear Infection – $100 – $100

Eye Conditions – $100 – $350 Vomiting – $300 – $6000

Top Tips for Purchasing Pet Insurance;

The most important part of pet insurance is understanding the fine print and what you are actually covered for.

  • Read your PDS (Product Disclosure Statement) before signing up.
  • Ensure you have a full understanding of what your policy covers and what is doesn’t.
  • What other benefits do you have? Vaccinations? Dog Training etc. You may be covered for things you don’t know about.
  • Ask about waiting periods, caps on certain claims and pre-existing conditions.
  • First time claims will require a vet history. This is to rule out any pre-existing conditions. Having this information easily accessible and keeping note of all of the vets your pet visits can help fast track claims.

Approx Cost of Top Claims

Gastric Dilation – $1,500 – $8,500

Elbow Dysplasia – $1,200 – $4,500

Peritonitis – $1,000 – $7,000

Cataract – $1,000 – $8,000

Intervertebral disc – $1,000 – $10,000

Cruciate ligament – $1,000 – $7,000

Gallbladder – $1,000 – $10,000

Adenocarcinoma Pulmonary (lung) -$1,000 – $5,000

Envenomation – $1,000 – $4,000

Foreign body – $1,000 – $12,000

Understanding that these figures give you a rough guide of how much these illness or injuries could cost the average pet owner. With adequate pet insurance you could save up to 80% on these costs, depending on the type of cover, caps and pre-existing conditions.

For more information on pet insurance (including fuss free online quotes), or for great health tips, blogs and podcasts visit Pet Insurance Australia at or

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Feeding a dog with pancreatitis (naturally)

Pancreatitis is a painful & serious condition that can occur in dogs of any age, breed, or sex. In recent years there have been some significant changes in the suggested  treatment of dogs with pancreatitis. 

Pancreatitis refers to inflammation of the pancreas and there are two types:

  • Chronic, which means it’s recurring.
  • Acute, which means a sudden onset.

With chronic pancreatitis in dogs, the symptoms can be less severe. However, the long-term impact can be more severe.

Symptoms of pancreatitis:

Dogs with pancreatitis will often stop eating and drinking due to the pain.

Other symptoms include:

  • Upset stomach and abdominal pain
  • Swollen abdomen
  • Abnormal posture; arching of the back
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Restlessness
  • Gagging


Causes of pancreatitis:

Pancreatitis can be caused by multiple factors, including:

  • A commercial diet of kibble or processed food. High carbohydrate diets are extremely taxing on the pancreas, often causing it to become inflamed.
  • Gorging on a large amount of aggravating foods. Often this is seen with dogs who get into the garbage or have been fed an excess of table scraps.
  • Dietary fat is known to be associated with the development of pancreatitis and can stimulate the secretion of a hormone that induces the pancreas to secrete its digestive hormones.

Dogs are designed for digesting meat, bones, organs and some plant material. Nature never intended dogs to eat a heavily-processed, grain-based diet.

Treating Pancreatitis in Dogs

Yarrow – the best herbal product for treating pancreatitis in dogs.

The treatment of pancreatitis depends on the severity of the disease and may include:

  • Hospitalization at the veterinary clinic
  • Fluid therapy and electrolytes
  • Pain medicine
  • Antivomiting medication (antiemetics)
  • Antibiotics, if a secondary bacterial infection is suspected
  • Other medications, depending on your dog’s symptoms
  • Keep in mind that your veterinarian may recommend that some diagnostic tests—such as the CBC, chemistry tests, and pancreas-specific tests—be repeated to monitor your dog’s progress during treatment.

It is extremely important to seek vet advice. The below diet is advisable for recovery & prevention for further instances in conjunction with veterinary treatment.

Recent changes in the treatment of pancreatitis in dogs:

Understanding how to best feed dogs with pancreatitis has undergone significant changes over the last few years.

Here’s some information from Dr Jennifer Coates.

Back when I was in veterinary school in the 1990s, we learned that dogs with pancreatitis should be fasted for 24-48 hours. This protocol was based on a reasonable assumption — food passing through the intestinal tract would stimulate the pancreas to secrete digestive enzymes, thereby increasing pancreatic inflammation.

But now, research in people and dogs is revealing the harmful effects that prolonged fasting can have on the structure and function of the gastrointestinal tract, including its important role in the immune system. The cells that line the intestinal tract depend on absorbing energy and nutrients that pass by after a meal. When a dog does not eat, the lining of the intestinal tract changes: the villi (fingerlike projections that increase the intestine’s absorptive surface) shrink, local immune tissue is reduced, the intestinal wall becomes “leaky,” promoting the absorption of bacteria and toxins, and inflammation increases, both within the digestive tract and systemically. Also, there is some evidence that when the pancreas is inflamed it does not secrete digestive enzymes in response to the presence of food in the same way that a healthy pancreas does, which casts even more doubt on the practice of prolonged fasting’ –

In short, fasting is no longer recommended for dogs with pancreatitis.

Recommended diet for pancreatitis in dogs.

The best food for a dog suffering from pancreatitis is homemade. Preparing your dog’s food at home is a good way to ensure the quality of ingredients and to control the balance of fats, protein, and carbs.

At the outset, your low-fat homemade dog food diet should consist of:

  • Roughly 20% soothing vegetables (mostly pumpkin & with some leafy greens).
  • 70% very low fat protein (chicken, turkey & rabbit are good examples of low fat foods and you can boil meat to remove most of the fat).
  • 10% low-fat organs (like liver & kidney).

Regardless of whether fat was the initial cause of your dog’s pancreatitis or not, high-fat foods may trigger a recurrence, particularly if the pancreas was damaged.

  • Be sure that your dog does not have access to your garbage:
  • Don’t feed high-fat foods or treats such as pig ears. Consider offering a fat-free deer antler instead. 
  • Make sure that your dog does not get fatty treats from family members, friends, or neighbours.

Feed a low-fat diet until your dog is fully recovered, then slowly transition back to a normal diet if your dog can tolerate it. Some dogs may do well to remain on this diet indefinitely. 

Suggested supplements for dogs with pancreatitis:

Enzymes: Supplemental enzymes assist with cellular and tissue structure and also reduce the burden on your dog’s pancreas.

One of the best sources is raw, green tripe – it carries a host of digestive enzymes. Unfortunately it’s getting harder and harder to source in Australia. If you can get it HURRAH!

If you’d like to try a natural, plant based source of enzymes – try adding some fresh papaya to your dog’s dinner.

Oils: Dogs fed a very low-fat diet may become deficient in the fat-soluble vitamins A and E. Adding fish oil and coconut oil to your dog’s diet can help.

Both these oils can be found in your local supermarket. Fish oil capsules are found in the Human Health section and Coconut oil in the Health Food Section (make sure you use organic, unrefined coconut oil – not the refined stuff for cooking).

Herbs: Yarrow helps reduce pancreatic inflammation and improves blood circulation to the pancreas. It’s also an effective way to treat diarrhea and bacterial infections of the gut & bowel.

Yarrow is available at our online store here – as well antler chews which are low fat, high in minerals and suitable for dogs with pancreatitis.

If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian – they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your dog.

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Kelp for Dogs: A practical feeding guide

Considered a superfood, kelp can assist your dog with a variety of ailments and keep their trace minerals in balance. Kelp contains more than 60 different vitamins, minerals, and trace elements as well as 21 amino acids.


It supports tissue repair with vital amino acids. These include glycine, alanine, arginine, proline, glutamic, and aspartic acids.

Kelp provides glandular support and prevents hypothyroidism. The addition of kelp into your dog’s diet will help keep their glandular system healthy. The pituitary gland, the adrenal gland, as well as the thyroid gland are all supported by the mineral content of kelp.

When feeding kelp to your dog, the suggested dosage is:

Small Dogs: 1/4 teaspoon (rehydrated)

Medium Dogs: 1/2 teaspoon (rehydrated)

Large Dogs: 1 teaspoon (rehydrated)

Our King Island Kelp comes to you in a dehydrated, granular form – with absolutely no added ingredients. When rehydrated, it increases it’s weight approximately 500% (see rehydration directions on the product page here).

Why you should rehydrate kelp meal before feeding your dog

  • When fed dry,  kelp can swell in your dog’s stomach- resulting in a blockage of their intestines. For that reason it’s important to rehydrate your dog’s kelp first.
  • Secondly, it’s a much more economical and nutritionally efficient way to add kelp to your dog’s diet.
  • Rehydrating kelp will maximise the availability of the ‘slimy’ alginate, which is the kelp’s fibre compound. Although a bit gross to touch, alginate is packed with nutritious qualities.
  • Dogs find rehydrated kelp much more palatable.  It also works as an excellent binder for supplements in your dog’s meal.

Prep Guide: Feeding rehydrated kelp for dogs

Follow this method is to feed one (large) dog for 5 days.

  1. Take one teaspoon of King Island Kelp granules (approximately 5 grams) & place in a glass or ceramic container.
  2. Add 40 mils of water.
  3. Wait approximately 10 minutes. The kelp should absorb the water and take on a slimy, gooey consistency.
  4. Feed your dog the recommended dosage (once daily) and refrigerate the remainder for up to 5 days.


How is King Island Kelp processed?

The  kelp we offer is made by solar-drying the leaves which takes several weeks. After it’s dried, it’s cut in machinery using a series of long blades which results in a dark product with some flashes of lighter color (the inside of the kelp). The resulting texture is like coarse rock salt. 

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Why are antlers cruelty-free dog treats?

What makes antlers ‘cruelty free dog treats?’

Did you know that naturally shed deer antlers are a wholesome, nutritious alternative to raw, meaty bones and synthetic chew toys?

If you want to give your dog a tasty, healthy chew but don’t want any animals to be harmed in the process – then antlers are the answer.

Deer antlers tick all the boxes (and more!) and are definitely worth your consideration.

Deer antlers are:

  • Naturally shed and cruelty free.
  • Packed full of protein & minerals.
  • Delicious for dogs but odourless to humans.

With antler chews you can feel confident that you’ve made an ethical, educated decision on what’s best for your dog AND the wider animal kingdom.

If you’d like to know more about how you can tell whether your antlers HAVE actually been ethically sourced (rather than the brutal alternative) then check out this article.

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What do you mean by cruelty-free?

Antlers are dropped by deer each year. There is no human intervention needed. It’s a natural process.

We simply collect these ‘shed’ antlers from the paddocks. We then cut them to size so you can get the most suitable chew for your dog.

The nutritional benefits of antlers for dogs:

Antlers are low-fat, high-protein treats which will last your dog many months.  Antlers are rich in essential minerals like:

  • calcium,
  • phosphorous
  • and zinc.

This can help with a balanced diet and also to re-mineralise your dog’s teeth. The these minerals are especially important for dogs that are on alternative diets.

Do dogs actually like them?

Most dogs find them absolutely irresistible. For this reason chewing should be supervised until they get their excitement under control.

However, despite how delicious dogs find them – antlers are odourless for humans which makes them an excellent indoor chew treat.

What do our customers say?

‘George is so happy to have another antler! Thanks again for such good service and fast delivery!’ – Emily, via Facebook

‘Received Gemma’s deer antler today… This shall keep her busy for awhile.. She is enjoying it so much…Thank you Vicky for all your help in choosing the right one for my kelpie x staffy… I look forward to purchasing more in the future..’ Laura, via Facebook

To see more about antlers & check out our range… visit the Shop Page here.

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11 weird things only dog people say

  1. If I have $10… and my husband has $40…

That’s $50 to spend on the dog!


2. I’m one bad relationship away…

from buying 30 puppies and calling it a day.


3. The fine line between love and hate…

is one negative comment about my dog.


4. Yes, I sniff my dog’s paws.

There’s nothing wrong with that.


5. I’m going out for a while…

Please be good. I’ll be back soon.


6. Why does it smell…

like anal glands in here?


7. Do they REALLY NEED fireworks

on New Year’s Eve?


8. All dogs are adorable…

but there’s just something extra cute about mine.


 9. Here’s a list of the people…

I trust with my dog.


10. You did a poo!

You’re such a clever dog!


11. When someone says…

‘He’s just a dog’


Read next – 13 of the best dog shaming photos of all time.

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Odourless antlers – The great stink-free treat for your dog

When you love having your dog inside with you & would love to give them a natural, non-stinky treat to enjoy….

Antlers for dogs: the great stink-free treat…

If you’ve tried hooves, horns and ear chew treats you’ll know that they develop an awful smell which makes them horrid to have inside.

Sure, you can offer  your dog a synthetic chew toy if you’re worried about the smell – but what if you could give your dog a natural, organic chew that was nutritious AND odourless?

Well, with antlers you can 😀

Despite being absolutely scrumptious for dogs, antlers are odourless to humans. They are worn down slowly so there’s no splintering or gooey mess to deal with.

The benefits of chewing…

There’s no denying that dogs love to chew. But why? Chewing is beneficial for dogs for many reasons – and these include:

  • It’s a natural relaxant for nervous or anxious dogs. The action of chewing is calming for dogs – it helps them work out nervous tension. That’s why they will often chew or destroy things if they are bored or anxious.
  • For optimum dental hygiene. Gnawing on hard surfaces like bones or antlers is a great way to remove built up tartar. It also helps to stimulate saliva which a great natural defence against decay.
  • The calcium and phosphorous in antlers is effective for re-mineralising your dog’s tooth enamel.
  • Antlers have enormous health benefits. They are low in fat, high in protein and rich in trace minerals. They’re like a long lasting vitamin pill for your dog.


Ordering antler chews for dogs…

Getting an antler chew for your dog couldn’t be easier. Simply visit our Shop Page, make your selection and we’ll send your order out via express post the very same day.

Oh and every order comes gift wrapped in cute paper for your dog to enjoy 😉

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