The Unique Shape and Texture of Moose Antlers

The Unique Shape and Texture of Moose Antlers

During the fall, or early winter months, Moose begin to shed their antlers naturally: this process is called casting. Moose antlers grow in a large, broad, paddle shape and can weigh up to 40lbs per antler! The large paddle shape and marrow content is what sets these antler apart from other species.

The Paddle Shape

The antler of a male Moose is often referred to as paddle or shovel shaped. When assessing a Moose Antler for cutting into dog chews, we often find ourselves with rectangular or a long and flat result. In contrast to deer, or elk, where the antlers are a series of long pointy tines. When looking at product in the pet-store, any antler that are flat and broad are likely to be Moose Antler.

The base of the moose antler is round in shape, and is extremely heavy. The base is often split to expose the marrow and reduce the weight of the product. Split cuts are less common as the base is small part of the entire structure.

The Porous, Marrow-Filled Interior

Moose antlers contain a porous, almost sponge-like core that is filled with nutrient-rich marrow. The high ratio of marrow placed this species at the "softer" end of the antler hardness spectrum. The attraction between dog and antler lies in the marrow. The marrow was once the blood supply for the antler and contains many nutrients and essential vitamins. Your dog is chewing the antler with the motivation to access this marrow.

The unique marrow composition provides a different oral experience from denser antler chews. Like other antlers, this product helps clean teeth and gums as the porous sections break down. Antlers are entirely natural and safe to consume; although it is of utmost importance to supervise your dogs chewing activites - regardless of the chew of choice.

A Novel Chewing Experience

Moose antler is the least common antler in the pet store because of it's difficulty to procure. The inconsistent sizing of the horn also makes it extremely difficult to cut and size in large volume. Many of our customer's dogs have experienced elk or deer antler and are looking to try something new. This species of antler is ideal for dogs who have grown bored of traditional antler chew shapes/textures. Rotating chew offerings for your dog is important for mental stimulation and prolongs chewing satisfaction.

May is Moose Month - where we showcase the benefits and features of this novel chew. During this time, these products are 30% off - what a great time to give it a try!


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