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Question why give dogs deer antlers?

I'm curious about this one. I see that a lot of folks are doing this and I'm wondering why. Oh and your feelings on rawhide bones. I think I read somewhere that people are having to take their dogs to the vets because of undigested rawhide and that it can be dangerous. What about pigs ears. I have a schnoodle to whom pigs ears are BANNED cuz he stinks up the house with all his disgusting farts afterwords.
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My dogs love antlers. Gives them a long lasting chew toy and does a great job of cleaning teeth. They gradually wear away.... we haven't had any problem with "chunks" coming off ( although some have said they have). I buy mine at pet expertise.

And yes, rawhide can be dangerous. This generation at our house has NEVER had rawhide.



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I agree-antlers (NOT the brand Antlerz) are a great, long lasting chew for the dogs. I don't like rawhide as it doesn't last 5 minutes with my guys and a couple of them have a tendency to swallow rawhide without chewing-dangerous.

I also noticed that when my girl was pregnant, she really went after the antlers, whereas before pregnancy she could take them or leave them. I figured she wanted the bit of extra calcium/minerals she got that way.

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Agree with all said....our lab always threw up raw hides (yes, we quit trying after a couple! ) so now we only have antlers & the occasional bully stik for our golden Bear. I'm still trying to buy beef marrow bones, but no luck so far at our 3 grocery stores. I'm heading to the butcher shop close by our neighborhood today & see if they have any.

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Oh yeah-bully sticks (the odorless kind) are great chews that at least last a half hour or so. Marrow bones are great too-they really help clean teeth.

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Agree with all said....our lab always threw up raw hides (yes, we quit trying after a couple! ) so now we only have antlers & the occasional bully stik for our golden Bear. I'm still trying to buy beef marrow bones, but no luck so far at our 3 grocery stores. I'm heading to the butcher shop close by our neighborhood today & see if they have any.
Not sure where you live but our local Publix always has marrow bones. If you have them near you give them a try.

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no rawhide for Pudden - she swallows it whole and barfs it up again. She gets marrow bones and she has lots of reindeer antlers she finds locally, but she gets bored with them. She prefers bones that still have meat on them


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Thank you everyone for your replies. I'm going to start looking around to see who has them here.
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Sorry to highjack your thread but does anyone know where I could by antlers in Toronto? Have been to lots of pets stores here and no one has them.
Can't order online, no cards - I like to pay cash.
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Sorry to highjack your thread but does anyone know where I could by antlers in Toronto? Have been to lots of pets stores here and no one has them.
Can't order online, no cards - I like to pay cash.
I order antlers from Pet Expertise. For Hank I get the XXL.

http://www.petexpertise.com/dog-toys/antler-chews.html

They accept PayPal, no card needed.

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