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BrooklynMom
7th October 2011, 07:23 AM
Has anyone else given their pups deer antlers as a chew? Usually then come cut in half (so they can get at the dried marrow) and cut in length to the size that you want. They are wonderful! Brooklyn carries hers with her everywhere and they last forever, no kidding. I have a tough chewer and she has been working on her split piece for about a month! They don't splinter, are really safe and dogs love them. It is more of a chew vs. something they ingest (only little shavings of the marrow really come off which keep her interested, the rest "wears down", so they won't "eat" they whole thing if that makes sense. They don't really swallow any of it. Here is a link where I get Brooklyn's, but they also sell them at pet stores and online:

http://www.etsy.com/listing/61884070/medium-half-antler-dog-chew-sized-for

When I order mine, I just message her and tell her what size I want for Brooky. And she shipped all the way to Australia and even sent me a free extra one. It was so worth it and not expensive at all. Oh, and they are naturally shed (so no killing is done in antler chewing!!)

You can google them too, lots of stores sell different kinds, but this woman splits them, which keeps Brooky interested MUCH longer :rolleyes:

waldor
7th October 2011, 07:14 PM
Sophie has the antler chews and they do last a long time. I take them away when they are three inches long, for fear that she might swallow it and choke.

One of our local vendors told me to *not* allow a dog to chew on one for more than 30 or 45 minutes per day, or their teeth will wear down to nubs. Made sense to me. Now that Sophie's no longer a puppy she doesn't chew as often, but still enjoys them from time to time.

Nana26
8th October 2011, 03:57 AM
How do they smell? I hate having stinky chew toys

BrooklynMom
8th October 2011, 05:04 AM
Good advice Waldor. Brooky usually losses interest after a 20 minute session (then I hide it so it stays "special") but that is good advice for those chewers that won't stop, as they are pretty hard!

I don't thing they have any smell at all. I only let Brooky have smelly chews outside, but I don't mind this one being inside at all, so that is good.

Soushiruiuma
8th October 2011, 05:35 AM
I bought one for each dog a few months back. They have never shown any interest. Thistle won't even hide them in case she gets hungry later- she does this with most things.

I've tried giving them away, and no one I know wants them.

BrooklynMom
8th October 2011, 05:57 AM
Huh, that is interesting...funny how all of our dogs have such different tastes!
Were your antlers split? Like lengthwise down the middle. Brooklyn will only like those ones that are split because she can get to the softer inside for the whole length of the antler.

Nicki
8th October 2011, 05:13 PM
There is a company in the UK making these too http://puredog.co.uk/

they are out of stock at the moment, waiting for the deer to shed their antlers!! These aren't split, I might suggest that to them!

They don't actually treat them, just test them for ecoli, salmonella and other enterbacteriacea they use fresh antlers that have not been lying around.


I really like that they are naturally shed, so no dubious ingredients, or animal testing involved :cool:

ashleighelizabeth
8th October 2011, 05:22 PM
I'm going to give these a try. I am constantly looking for new safe chews for Sonny. I think he may be teething??? Does anyone know if it would be okay to give these to a four month old puppy??? (and I would of course be supervising him:) )

Lani
8th October 2011, 06:54 PM
Huh, that is interesting...funny how all of our dogs have such different tastes!
Were your antlers split? Like lengthwise down the middle. Brooklyn will only like those ones that are split because she can get to the softer inside for the whole length of the antler.

I think that is the key. Mine will chew on antlers only until they cannot reach the soft inside and then lose interest. I might look into those! Thanks for posting. :)

BrooklynMom
9th October 2011, 04:22 AM
From what I can find, antlers seems safe for puppies. I would just watch Sonny carefully is all. When Brooklyn was teething though, she didn't actually like anything hard, she liked to chew on semi-hard and softer things (like frozen toys). But always worth a try! If you get the split ones, the center is a bit softer and since they can get at the center through the whole length if they are split, pups would be much more interested. If it is not split, Brooklyn won't even give it a second glance because the good stuff is inside :rolleyes:

CSutherland
9th October 2011, 09:29 PM
On a little different note, my son-in-law deer hunts and bagged two yesterday. He said his outdoor dog (a lab mix, I believe) loves the deer shins. He brought 4 or 5 over and I put them in the freezer. It's just the leg of the deer, appearing to be from about the knee on down, including the hide and hooves. There's no doubt in my mind that Bentley would go crazy over these and he could only have them outside in his pen, which is quite large, almost as big a many city lawns.
Any thoughts on this? It sounds similar to the antler treat. By the way, my son-in-law said there's very little flesh involved.

Lani
11th October 2011, 02:40 AM
I think most dogs do really good with raw bones (and deer shins would just be raw bones, right?).

I'd feed raw marrow bones to my dogs more often, except for the mess. I do have a city lawn that is probably the size of Bentley's pen, so on rare occassions when I feed them I set up an ex-pen lined with newspapers.

lisadingwall
25th March 2012, 03:43 PM
wow. i've never even hear of these. going to give it a try, as i have a very agressive chewer on my hands! thanks for the posting!

CharliesMum
11th May 2012, 03:18 AM
oOOo I'm going to try this and see how she likes it! Thanks!

BeBe
11th May 2012, 11:18 PM
Hey CharliesMum - I tried this and BB loved it but if you have a young puppy be careful with this one since it is a little hard on puppy teeth. I gave this to BB after her puppy teeth were out.

emmaK11
12th June 2012, 11:06 PM
Emma loves antler chews. They come in deer and elk. The elk ones seem to be much more popular with my dogs. They like the deer, but go nuts for the elk. Doesn't smell like anything or make a mess. And i agree, the ones that are cut lengthwise are definitely most popular so that they can get at the center of the antler. Love these!