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Old 07-25-2014, 04:57 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have wanted to, but could not really afford an antler for Sib---Having recently gotten myself into some debt, I decided to go ahead and get her one before I went into total financial shutdown..no spending on anything non-essential..So, I bought her one at her groomers...the same brand and type I have always seen ...came home and gave it to her...She couldn't have cared less about it...but carried it with her everywhere...This does not need to be this long a post...Here are my concerns...This antler is hard...REALLY hard..like a stone...Is that how they are sposed to be? Sib is a hard chewer and she can't even begin to get into this...My question...is this normal or is this some kind of preserved artifact from prehistoric times? I know many of you give these to your dogs...do you find this to be the case? Am I hurting her by giving her this..which would really make me mad as this 6" antler was 12.98$...Thanks for your thoughts...jan
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Jan, Do you know what kind of antler it is - deer, elk, moose? Deer is the softest. Moose is the hardest. I feed moose antlers to Boh. He gets them whittled down. I bought an extra large moose prong for my foster GSD. It did make his gums bleed, so I took it away from him for awhile. He really seemed to enjoy it.

I don't think it is hurting Sib to have it. I would monitor her with it, though.
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Thanks for you response Jan...I don't know what kind it is..but I think she will eventually warm up to ...hope so...it's the only one she is gonna get...Hope all is well with you and your family....jan
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They are really hard. I read they can crack teeth. My dogs love them, but I don't get them anymore. I would rather not deal with cracked teeth. We have enough vet bills.
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That sounds a bit pricey. My secret is getting antlers at Marshall's (yes, that clothing/home goods store!) when they're on sale. They have a neat little doggie stuff section. I also get training treats from there...

And FWIW the antlers I get don't last more than a week or so. They don't feel like a stone. You likely aren't hurting her by giving it to her. My two took to antlers like flies on sugar...
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Marshalls? No kidding? Well, I have one in my area...Perhaps I will try another one...She surely has shown no interest in any of her other bones since I have given her this...I think she likes it but just doesn't know what on earth to do with it!!! Such a mystery are our fur babies....Thanks ...jan
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our local pet store carries them. Roxy still has 2 of them she's working on. Not sure either what kind of antler but she LOVES them. So far they haven't hurt her teeth. I am pretty sure the antlers are helping her teeth stay so white and clean. I only pay about $16 for each one. They get different sizes and I run in as soon as he gets a new shipment and buy big ones.
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Jan, Do you know what kind of antler it is - deer, elk, moose? Deer is the softest. Moose is the hardest. I feed moose antlers to Boh. He gets them whittled down. I bought an extra large moose prong for my foster GSD. It did make his gums bleed, so I took it away from him for awhile. He really seemed to enjoy it.

I don't think it is hurting Sib to have it. I would monitor her with it, though.
I'm almost positive that moose is the softest and deer is the hardest. Elk is softer then deer. I switched to elk and I think this was the reason.
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I have an Elk Antler that Hugo never touches, thought eventually he would but I could care less about it.
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I'm almost positive that moose is the softest and deer is the hardest. Elk is softer then deer. I switched to elk and I think this was the reason.

I get my moose antlers here. Home - Acadia Antlers The site states that moose is the hardest and deer is the softest. I am only going by what they say. I have only given my dog moose. The moose tine I bought my foster GSD August 2013, was passed down to my dog. It is still 9 inches long, so I'd say it is hard. My dog also has an old store bought elk antler. It was very dry and he didn't like it much. We have moose splits and an extra large flat. Those are softer than the tines. He has had the large flat for several months and it is still pretty big.
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