What’s Are HardyChews?
Antlers are unique to the deer family and are composed of
a bone-like material which regenerates each year and “branches out”. The
hardened antlers are excellent chews for your dog because they contain rich amounts
of calcium and phosphorus.
Calcium plays an important role in your dog’s bodily
functions such as bone and teeth formation, blood clotting, milk production,
muscle contraction, heart pumping, vision, and in the metabolism of hormones
HardyChews are ALL NATURAL and contain:
NO growth hormones
Where do antlers
Antlers are unique to cervids and found mostly on males.
In fact, only caribou and reindeer have antlers on the females. They start
growing in the spring time then are shed each winter.
The largest antlers may be 3-4 ft long and weigh around
40 pounds. Antlers are made of a tough bone which can grow at a rate of about 1
per day. While actively growing, the antlers are protected by a soft layer of
highly vascularised skin known as “velvet”. The velvet is shed in the summer
when the antlers have fully developed. Only then the antler formed.
What else are shed antlers used for?
In the United States, hard antlers are mainly used for
two purposes: food/chew purpose and arts/craft. Only 10% of antlers are
suitable for craft uses. They’re selected for their artistic shapes and colors.
Craft products range from chandeliers to simple knife handles, and all kinds of
fancy home furnishings.
Why Cleaning and Sanitizing Something Natural?
Since antlers are naturally shed in the wild, then picked
by locals or antler collectors, there is always the possibility of contamination
by bacteria or other pathogens. Every HardyChew is sanitized through a
proprietary FDA approved "Food Grade" sanitation process which
removes the possibility of contamination for you and your dog. Each antler is
then sealed immediately after sanitizing to maintain cleanliness until
delivered to you.