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Like humans, animals can suffer from joint pain, arthritis and other symptoms of aging and injuries. Giving EVA to your pet can counteract the effects of aging by boosting its immune system, relieving arthritis or joint pain and providing more vitality. Extensive scientific research has proven that EVA is a healthy, natural way to keep your animal companions active, happy and free of pain.




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The Benefits of EVA
Thorough veterinary research at a Canadian university has proven that EVA effectively alleviates osteoarthritis in dogs and improves an animal’s gait, performance in daily activities and overall vitality1. Other research confirms this, and lists a number of additional benefits for animals:2

· relief from clinical arthritis
· general feeling of well-being
· improved hair coat
· improved kidney function
· accelerated healing of wounds or injuries.

Studies also indicate that EVA helps slow the progression and reduce the effects of hip dysplasia among susceptible breeds. There is further indication that it helps promote muscle and bone growth in puppies and speeds the muscle recovery process for athletic animals. Benefits of EVA are noticeable among horses and cats as well, and include enhanced muscoloskeletal strength, hoof and hair growth, and faster healing.

Because it’s made directly from elk velvet antler, EVA is completely natural. Unlike some artificial products or drugs used to treat animals, EVA is in natural supply and won’t cause harmful side effects. It comes from the farm, not the lab!

1 Canadian Veterinary Journal. Vol. 45, February 2004, p. 133.
2 Velvet Antler, a summary of the literature on health benefits. Can I use elk velvet for pets? C. Balok, 2000.



What is EVA?
EVA is made from elk antler. Most commonly, it’s processed into a fine powder contained in capsules, although traditional practice also uses antler slices for teas and broths.

EVA is composed of proteins, amino acids, minerals, lipids and water. Specific key compounds contained in EVA include collagen, glucosamine sulphate, chondroitin sulphate, erythropoietin and growth hormones. These natural compounds work to stimulate red blood cell production and cartilage cell regeneration and development.1

1 Velvet Antler, a summary of the literature on health benefits. A report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia. Chris Tuckwell, November 2003



How to use EVA
The recommended dosage of EVA is based on a formula of 15 to 20 mgs per kilogram of bodyweight, once or twice daily. For a medium sized dog of 40 lbs (approximately 18 kgs), this would mean about 360 mgs up to twice a day. Higher doses may be used for healing or performance enhancement purposes. No side effects have been noted with the use of EVA in animals at these dosages.

EVA for pets is available in 280mg capsules, but because some pet owners find it difficult to feed their animals capsules, it also comes in powder form for mixing with regular food. Like most health supplements, the effects of EVA tend to be cumulative. Typically, significant benefits can be seen after eight to 12 weeks of consistent use.1

Pet owners should consult a veterinarian before giving EVA to an animal.

1 Velvet Antler, a summary of the literature on health benefits. A report for the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Australia. Chris Tuckwell, November 2003



Production and Quality Assurance
In order to produce EVA, antler is harvested annually. In partnership with the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, Alberta’s elk producers are all certified to remove antler. They also must follow Alberta government regulations designed to ensure a humane, low-stress process that protects the animal from injury.1 Efficient, humane handling methods ensure the producer a quality harvest for many consecutive years from each bull elk. Upon removal, every antler is tagged and logged into an Alberta government database so it can be traced to the farm and animal of origin.

Antler is processed into powder and packaged in plants that are rigorously monitored by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Health Canada.2 There are approximately a dozen EVA processing plants in North America. The largest one, processing more EVA than all the others combined, is located right here in Alberta near Sangudo in the west central region of the province.

The elk that produce the antler are reared on free-range elk ranches by producer-members of the Alberta Elk Commission. They are raised naturally, without growth stimulants, hormones, steroids or anti-biotics.3

1
The Alberta Elk Industry Farm Enterprise Manual. Alberta Agriculture, 2005
2 Food Safety Factsheet. Canadian Cervid Council, 2003
3 Animal Health Factsheet. Canadian Cervid Council, 2003