Here's How Deer Antler Velvet Can Help Your Pet's Joints

Posted by Mateja Lane
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Deer velvet has pretty incredible health properties.

If your pet is suffering from arthritis or osteoarthritis you may have tried lots of different products. Maybe you tried acupuncture or electro-acupuncture treatments, or bought your pet toe grips. Maybe you have even tried CBD oils, but your pet is still achey and stiff.

Osteoarthritis is the most common ailment in pets; 20% of dogs over the age of one suffer from  the degenerative joint disease. Older cats can also develop arthritis which leads to stiffness, pain, and decreased mobility. Healthy joints have a layer of cartilage that help the bones glide over one another during movement. When this cartilage is damaged or deteriorates, it can cause pain and inflammation, which in turn affects surrounding ligaments and muscles. Preventative arthritis products help regenerate and strengthen tissues that keeps symptoms at bay, including deer antler velvet.

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Deer shed their antlers every year, which requires a ton of nutrients; antlers can grow up to 1/4-inch a day during the spring, mostly due to heightened testosterone levels. This new antler growth is the fastest growing tissue known in the animal world and has incredible regenerative properties. Companies like Antler Farms in New Zealand have seen the benefits of this new antler growth, or deer antler velvet, and have made a business in collecting the new antlers and processing them into dietary supplement capsules you can give to your pet.

Red Deer stags (Cervus elaphus) resting in the long grass, in velvet antlers.

Studies have shown that velvet antler capsules help gait and performance in arthritic dogs. One study took place at The University of Montreal in 2004 where some dogs were given a placebo while others were given velvet antler supplements. After 60 days, all dogs were assessed by an orthopedic surgeon. The ones that took the supplement showed improvements in movement and vitality.

Another study was done by the Douglas County Animal Hospital. The dogs in this study were all diagnosed with traumatic joint disease, and to test the product, the dogs's limbs were analyzed. After 12 weeks, the dogs treated with antler capsules had improved joint mobility. 

The proteins found in Antler Farms Deer Antler Velvet that help with cell growth and repair in joints include:

  • Amino acids: precursors for all protein production, aids tissue growth, muscle recovery and repair
  • Insulin-like growth factors (IGF-1, 2): precursors for growth hormone production, promotes muscle growth, tissue growth and organ health   
  • Collagen: a structural protein present in bone, tendons, ligaments, other connective tissue and articular cartilage

Deer antler velvet also has glycosaminoglycans (GAG's) consisting of:

  • Glucosamine sulphate - builds, maintains and repairs joint structures including bone, cartilage, ligaments, joint fluids and tendons 
  • Chondroitin sulphate - helps protect and rebuild degenerating cartilage, gives cartilage elasticity, an anti-inflammatory agent
  • Hyaluronic acid - a substance that binds cartilage cells together and lubricates joints

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The company suggests a capsule per every 45 pounds of the pet's bodyweight. The capsules can be broken open, and the deer antler velvet powder mixed in with your pet's food. Deer antler velvet can be given to dogs, cats, and even horses. Deer antler extract often has xylitol which is toxic to dogs, so stay away from antler sprays, oils, and antler velvet extract; stick with capsules that contains pure velvet powder.

A 500 mg bottle will last three months and costs $149. You can also find natural elk velvet for dogs on Amazon for $45.95.

The red deer (Cervus elaphus) at Antler Farms are healthy and happy, and the company uses only the parts of the antler with the most beneficial properties.

deer antler velvet benefits

Arthritis can be very painful and uncomfortable for your pet. If your pet is limping, has trouble getting up, or moving in cold weather, try deer antler velvet. The regenerative properties and health benefits could help make your pet more comfortable, and that's our main job as pet owners.

Do you give your pet deer antler velvet? Tell us in the comments below. 

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