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So I have been calling around in my local area trying to find Bandit and Morgen bones that are maybe a little more durable... Called around asking for marrow bones.... Not sure what animal it comes from that are good for large dogs..... Yet I found one place that says they have deer bones. That people come get those for their dogs... Are deer bones durable and good for large German Shepherds?? I know nothing about specific bone types..... I would really like to find them something good to chew on. They love these bones I buy from our local pet store but they chew them all up into pieces lately and they only last a day.... Someone please point me in the right direction with this.:)
 

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Yes antlers are good, I don't know how long they last. I don't think they are edible - just a durable chew bone like a nylabone.
 

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I would not feed any weight bearing bones(other than chicken), or even give them for recreational chews. If they are too hard, your dog takes the risk of breaking a tooth.
When they dry out, they get hard and brittle so are really not safe. And smoked bones are the same, splintering...
Antlers on the other hand are safe for chewing, so if you can get them, they should be fine. They are pricey to buy if you can't get them from someone who is processing deer.
Beef/pork/venison/lamb knucklebones are fine and the cartiledge is nutritional. My venison processor gave me a box of discarded deer bones a few years ago and I didn't want to give them unless under supervision and once the meat was removed, I took them away.
 

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We were discussing antlers at the training group and a few hunters seemed to think that antlers get softer with age, not harder. So IMO, I think they would last as long as the dog is interested in them.
 

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I asked the same thing with no response- so I bought a 5 lb bag of deer bones for $2.95 from the local butcher. Some were obviously way too thin and small to be safe so I picked through them and got some that were larger and threw the rest out. Still I won't give them unsupervised
 

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Deer bones are very safe to feed!! Their width is a lot thinner than that of cows so they're eaten up fairly quickly.

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Man I have called around everywhere and can not find any fresh dog bones besides the deer bone
 

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I just ordered some fuzzy elk and moose antlers for Blitz for christmas from the site above....I'll let you know how it goes!
 

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I just ordered some fuzzy elk and moose antlers for Blitz for christmas from the site above....I'll let you know how it goes!
I ordered from this site for all 4 of my dogs last year for Christmas and they were great - exactly as advertised - however, only lasted about a month lol
 

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I have given my dogs deer as well as moose bones. I have not had any problems aside from diarrhea when there was too much moose meat left on a femur bone.
 

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Finally found a place that carried bones that are durable and large for Bandit to chew on. Found a fresh meat market that carries beef femur bones. They are huge and they are lasting forever! Keeps him busy forever vs keeping him busy for only a few hours. It's day two and there is tons of bone left and he is still going to town. :)
 

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Antlers are great, but they only last a few weeks for my guys. They love them though. Recently on my Cattle Dog forum a lady's dog needed emergency surgery for ingesting splintered lamb femur bones. The bones were purchased from Primal and the company may help with the Vet costs. I would just say to be very careful with any bones. FYI - her dogs were right there with her as they chewed the bones. She was able to stop one dog before he ate any splinters but the other required sugery.

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Wild dogs and wolves eat deer bones
Yes they do along with chicken bones and everyother kind of bones from the animal they kill, the thing is that they are raw. When cooked is when they get brittle. I have seen coyote's take down turkey and they don't leave much behind either and I don't think they choke?
 

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Antlers are great, but they only last a few weeks for my guys. They love them though. Recently on my Cattle Dog forum a lady's dog needed emergency surgery for ingesting splintered lamb femur bones. The bones were purchased from Primal and the company may help with the Vet costs. I would just say to be very careful with any bones. FYI - her dogs were right there with her as they chewed the bones. She was able to stop one dog before he ate any splinters but the other required sugery.

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The bones I bought Bandit are beef femur bones and he's been chewing on it for days and it hasn't splinterd. It's very durable, and I give it to him raw, not cooked.
 

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My dogs aren't interested in antlers at all. I'm glad I got them for free. My Lab doesn't even look at them and the GSD just carries and tosses it around when he wants to play :D. And since they're so pointy, I'm afraid somebody might get stabbed, lol.
 
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