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Old 01-09-2013, 06:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Does anyone use these as chew toys for their poodles? Mine are serious chewers...most "durable" chew toys last only seconds in our house. A friend said his vet recommended deer antlers since they seem to last a while and aren't messy. He boils them in chicken broth once a week and said he has been using the same one for a month and his dog hasn't made a dent in it. Is this too good to be true? Are they safe/not too unhealthy? Do they really last that long? Would love to hear from anyone who has bought them. I've never heard of this.
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They are awesome and aren't messy/smelly either. But I have a mini and toy.. Mini doesn't chew it cause she can't swallow it.. A waste of time in her opinion. My toy chews on it nearly everyday and has for months now.. She's gnawed down almost 3" in 6 months or so. Doesn't sound like a lot but she's constantly whittling away at it lol. Otherwise both will eat chicken necks and wings


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Mine chew on elk antlers. They like them when the marrow is exposed, but grow tired of them as soon as it's gnawed around the fresh cut. Then we power saw off another little bit to expose more marrow and they like them again. We haven't had any bad experiences so far.
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Ive had an elk antler for 3 months now and he will chew on it quite often, a couple times a day. Clean, doesnt chip and no smell. Thumbs up here.
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My Hudson loves these things.
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My spoo pup really loved her antler (forgot what species it was) for the first couple of weeks, but then she lost interest. Now she chews on it only when we hold it for her (spoiled!!). With moderate chewing, it has scratches on it but the size & length are the same as when it was brand new.

We were told by our pet supply store employees to let her chew it only intermittently - not all day / every day - because the antlers are so hard that it can be tough on dogs' teeth. The boiling in chicken broth seems like a great idea, especially if you use low-sodium broth.
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This is the first time I have used an antler and Rosie LOVES it! I have not used chicken broth. She has worked her antler down a good bit. She will only chew one end though. The other end was where it was once attached and she won't touch that end. I have thought of cutting that part off to see if she will chew that end, but it makes a good stand while she is chewing, so I don't want to ruin it for her.

I am glad that I have found this clean, no mess chew toy for her.
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Mine ignored them, even when I shaved the end, soaked the antlers in chicken stock, pretended I wanted them for myself - it seems dogs either love them, or simply don't get the point. Try a smallish cheapish one before splashing out, just in case!
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Ginger had an antler but showed almost no interest in it (and she loves chewing), my sister's dog loves her antler and that's why we bought one for Ginger. Ginger goes thru everything else so quickly (including beef tendons) we thought we'd give it a try. Our antler has been passed to my daughter's Great Dane who will chew on it once and a while and hasn't made a dent in it yet.
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None of my dogs care anything for the antlers. I finally gave mine to Chili, my sister in laws dog, who loves them. He has had his (and now mine) for months and they only have some on the ends smoothed out. The only things like this that my dogs have liked are the hoofs.
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