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post #71 of 72 (permalink) Old 12-19-2012, 04:45 AM
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Does anyone have any pros/cons for the split antlers versus the whole antlers?

For my first time buying one, I went with a split antler, as it made mention that it would be easier for the dog to get at the marrow part of the antler. I have to say, Cassie LOVED it. It was her favorite chew for about a week.

And then I noticed she had something strange in her mouth... turns out, a piece of the antler splintered off. It was a good size too... about 1.25 inches, and very sharp.

I am so glad I was watching her... had she swallowed it, it could have been devastating.

I felt horrible taking it away from her, but what could I do? I replaced it with two cookies, and a nylabone... but she just wanted the antler.

Do the whole antlers split less?

Also, although the background makes the antler look darker than it really is... is that coloration normal? It wasn't that way when it arrived. It almost looks like she's chewing it too hard, and her gums bled a little onto it?
We tried split antlers first as well and they looked similar. I think the discoloration is more due to saliva being absorbed into the marrow than blood, because our dog's mouths looked fine.

Our golden LOVED the split antler and I'm thinking about getting him a full one for xmas. Our younger girl seemed to only want the one our golden had "started on."

I'll always order one for each dog, but I really think Ella (our mix) will just be waiting for Emmit to get up for a drink before she pounces on his!

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I only get the jumbo sized solid antlers and have NEVER had one split, crack, break or chip. I wouldn't trust a split antler at all for dogs that chew as much as ours.

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