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April 30, 2014- Monday, April 21, 2014

Springtime and Dog Allergies


dog in flower fieldFlowers are in bloom, temperatures are rising after a cold winter, and sneezing, runny noses and itchy eyes are in full effect. It’s a sure sign that spring has sprung! For the millions of people who suffer from springtime allergies, you may be surprised to know that many dogs suffer from allergies just like humans.

Common dog allergy symptoms include:

·  Sneezing

· Watery eyes

· Skin irritation and inflammation

· Constant scratching and licking of paws


These could be signs that your dog is suffering from springtime allergies and need treatment, whether from the vet or at home. Here are some preventitive measures to take so you and your dog to enjoy springtime without icky allergies.

Call your vet. Ask for suitable medications for animals that can temporary relieve symptoms. Many over-the-counter products that you use could be harmful or even fatal to dogs. If you suspect your dog is suffering from something other than allergies, your vet can test for other problems.

Keep your house clean! Since much sneezing can be attributed to dust mites and other allergens outside and inside your home, allergy-proof your home from these sources. After coming in from your daily walk, wipe down your dog’s paws and take off your shoes as soon as you get in. Clean your house thoroughly, vacuum carpets, rugs and anything that collects dust weekly and keep windows closed and cleaned. Also, toys used outside and inside should be rinsed off when done playing.

Weekly Baths. Keeping your dog clean can help with dry, irritated skin from scratching and biting. Use a mild cleanser while bathing to soothe the itchiness and the irritants from pollen and your dog biting and scratching. Wash your dog’s bedding regularly with a gentle detergent free of perfume or dyes to keep dust mites that linger at bay.

Dealing with allergies is frustrating, but with some TLC and patience, you and your dog can enjoy the springtime without worrying about allergies. At Best Elk Antlers, we want you to enjoy sunshine, bright flowers and playtime with your pup in the park without pesky allergens in the way. Enjoy your springtime!

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April 16, 2014- Monday, April 21, 2014

Best Elk Antlers Chews for your Large Dog(s)



large dogsElk Antlers are great for any size canine, but they especially help satiate the desire to chew in larger dogs who are aggressive chewers.

Our antler chews sourced from wild-roaming American elk can stand up to even the most aggressive chewers. We are especially known for our heavy-duty chews for heavy-duty dogs. From Great Dane to Bullmastiff, our selection of large, extra-large and giant antlers is sure to keep even the biggest four-legged friends entertained for hours.


Here is our list of Best Elk Antlers products ideal for your super-sized Spot:


Whole Elk Antlers: Whole Elk Antlers are our most durable dog chew. Sourced from the naturally-shed antlers of wild-roaming American elk, our Whole Elk Antlers are available in LargeExtra Large and Giant sizes. Elk antlers are one of the most minimally processed dog chews around-- after being collected, they are simply sanded for safety and cleanliness. Better yet, elk antlers are rich in calcium, iron and zinc for your dog's nutritional needs.

Elk Antler Splits & Fillets: Elk Antler Splits and Fillets are cut elk antlers that expose the tasty inner marrow that dogs love. Our Large Split Elk Antlers feature the nutrient-rich center exposed on one side. Easier to chew than Whole Antlers, our Splits are long-lasting dog chews suitable for large puppies and senior dogs. Elk Antler Fillets, on the other hand, have been cut twice for double the exposed marrow – making them another great choice for dogs young and old.

Elk Antler Burrs: Elk Antler Burrs are another one of our toughest chews. The burr, which is the area of the antler that connects to the head, is extremely durable and resistant to cracking and splintering. Available in size Large, the gnawing action required of these odorless dog chews cleans your pup’s teeth as he or she chomps down!

Elk Antler Toys: Elk Antler Toys are a great way to give your dog some added entertainment with their chewing time! Our Large Elk Antler Tug Toy features a large antler burr at the end of an approximately 6 ft. long rope that has been tied in half to allow easy pulling and tugging. Our Elk Antler Rope Toys, available in Large and Extra Large, also feature a large elk antler burr at the end of a thick, durable hemp rope, making them ideal for fetching or added chew time. Great for engaging the teeth and gums, Elk Antler Toys are a fun way to promote exercise and overall better health!

Elk Antler Samplers: Not sure which chew is right for your jumbo four-legged friend? Test out a few! With our Large and Extra Large Samplers, you can mix up your dog’s chewing routine with a variety of big chews with big taste! Containing an assortment of Burrs, Whole and Split Elk Antlers, our Elk Antler Samplers let your dog decide which chew is best for them, so next time you order you know exactly what to get. Containing only all-natural, single-ingredient dog chews, you really can’t go wrong!

Do you have a super-sized Spot that loves Best Elk Antlers? Head over to our Facebook page and tell us which chew is their favorite!

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March 26, 2014- Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Preparing your Pet for a Move

If you have ever had to plan a move from one residence to another, you know what a long list of laundry items there can be. We love our furry friends dearly and want to take them into consideration when tackling a large task like this. 

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March 12, 2014- Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Benefits and How-to of Dog Massage

Massage is a wonderful thing for both humans and pets, reducing stress and lowering blood pressure for the giver and receiver!

If you don't already make it a weekly or daily practice, Best Elk Antlers wants to share a few tips with you. After all, dog massage is easy and takes but a few minutes!

Maintenance massage

Use your flattened palm to gently touch all parts of Fido's body. Pay attention to the layers-- skin, fat, muscle, and bone. Your dog will enjoy the extra attention! Besides the quality time for you and your pet, massages will familiarize you with your dog's normal condition-- his temperature,  any sensitivity to touch, muscle tension or a change in his coat. When changes go undetected, they can lead to issues requiring veterinary care or medicine. When you are aware of what is normal and not normal for your pup's body and health, you can increase his overall health and longevity.

Stormy weather and other anxiety-provoking situations

Does your dog fear the sound of thunder and curl up to you, shiver and pant? One great way to calm his nerves is through massage. With your flattened palm, start at your dog's head or neck and pet in long strokes along his spine to the tail. If your dog enjoys this, you can increase the pressure. Be mindful not to use too much pressure on the lower back. When finished, rest one hand at the base of his head and the other over the pelvic area above the hips. These areas control responses for relaxation and rest. You can use massage to calm him when he's restless or in other anxiety-provoking situations, such as going to the vet, grooming or doggie care.

Massage for Active Dogs

If your dog plays rough, participates in agility training or competitions or accompanies you on runs and hikes, you can warm him up beforehand with an easy massage. First, pet your dog for a few minutes like you would do normally. Then use the heel of your hand to rub the large muscles in the body: thighs, buttocks, neck and shoulders. Lift and squeeze these muscles gently. Think of it as kneading dough for a pizza! For the lower legs, wrap your fingers around the lower leg and gently squeeze.

We hope that you are able to put dog massage into practice if you haven't already! You may find it's calming for both you and Fido and a great source of quality time.

start by petting the area around the joint to warm the tissue. Then place your hand(s) over the area and apply gentle compressions over the area. You can use your breathing or count slowly to establish a rhythm as you press and release the muscles. The pumping motion moves fluids through the muscles and takes tension off the tendons surrounding the joint. Never use sudden or direct force over a bone. Finish with more petting over the area to soothe the nerves. Keep in mind that regular massage throughout the life of your pet may help prevent the stiffness and pain that contributes to arthritis. Readers should note that massage is not a substitute for veterinary care. Severe conditions require diagnosis and treatment by your veterinarian. - See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/how-massage-your-dog/2028#sthash.xj31eHPq.dpuf
start by petting the area around the joint to warm the tissue. Then place your hand(s) over the area and apply gentle compressions over the area. You can use your breathing or count slowly to establish a rhythm as you press and release the muscles. The pumping motion moves fluids through the muscles and takes tension off the tendons surrounding the joint. Never use sudden or direct force over a bone. Finish with more petting over the area to soothe the nerves. Keep in mind that regular massage throughout the life of your pet may help prevent the stiffness and pain that contributes to arthritis. Readers should note that massage is not a substitute for veterinary care. Severe conditions require diagnosis and treatment by your veterinarian. - See more at: http://moderndogmagazine.com/articles/how-massage-your-dog/2028#sthash.xj31eHPq.dpuf
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