Deer Velvet FAQ
Whether antlers are removed or left to cast off naturally, they are replaced the following spring by the same natural growth process, so deer velvet is a renewable source.
In New Zealand, velvet removal can only be carried out in accordance with a rigorous mandatory protocol. Veterinarians or specially trained and registered farmers can only remove velvet antler. It is important to note that pain control during velvet removal is ensured by use of local or general anesthetic. A short portion of each antler is left in place which hardens naturally and is cast as a hard “button” in the following spring, mimicking nature.
All farmed deer in New Zealand are held extensively on pasture. New Zealand government legislation called the Animal Welfare Act 1999 and the code of recommendations and Minimum Standards for the Welfare of Deer during the Removal of Antler 1992 and set the standards.
Stags that are kept for velvet production usually have a relatively long life, as they are often farmed for 10 years or more.
Once removed, the velvet antler is frozen at the farm and subsequently processed as required by the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry and the New Zealand Food Safety Authority. Processing is subject to inspection by MAF and to ensure tractability and compliance with the scheme, velvet is labeled immediately after removal using authorized unique identification labels.
Dogs and cats in a natural environment receive a “consistent” source of joint support after weaning from the animal cartilage consumed in their diet. In today’s time, we wait for our pets to age, and then try to reverse the effects of compromised joint functions. Prevention and maintenance may extend the quality of life for your pets.
Results can vary depending on the pet’s condition, the average time being three weeks. Please remember, we give a 100% Money Back Guarantee, but natural products often take a longer time to take effect then drugs.
New Zealand Deer are NOT subject to Chronic Wasting Disease, similar to Mad Cow Disease, such as North American deer and elk are.
We always suggest you ask your Veterinarian first before starting your pet on ANY new supplement. You can refer to our ingredient page.