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Just got Murphy's first antler in the mail, after hearing really great things about them on here. So far he LOVES it!

Plus one of him with his styrofoam necklace...
 

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Okay call me naive (hate to think of myself as stupid), but what about an antler? I've never heard anything about them. My husband completely freaks out about the goldens having anything, but food and cookies. He worries about them choking; a friend's dog died because of a tennis ball.
 

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I had never heard of giving them to dogs either until I read about it here. Apparently they are good because they last a really long time and don't splinter like a lot of things. I have a hard time imaging a dog choking on this one I got Murph (the XL size from petexpertise.com) because of how big it is and the shape, but I will supervise him with it until I feel totally confident.
 

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Thanks. I would definitely have to supervise because Scotty has broken the biggest sterilized bones I could find. Twenty bucks in the trash can in less than a week. He is too cute for his own good; of course, so is Murphy!
 

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Antlers are great. Just make sure that they are not coated with anything. GLad to see Murphy is enjoying his so much. That picture of him in the styrafoam collar just cracks me up.
 

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LOVE LOVE LOVE the antlers. When I went down to Virginia I brought the boys' antlers - my parents dogs loved them too so we left them there and got some new ones the new ones are GINORMOUS. I like them because there's no odor and no mess. The boys tend to get really into them for an hour or so a day and even after several weeks of work they're still basically the same way they were when I purchased them....Some of the antlers have been treated and break apart easily - softened. You want to get natural antlers no treatment. I prefer elk antlers for goldens - my guys are pretty aggressive chewers - I like the thickness over regular deer antlers. At bedtime they know to go find their antlers and bring them upstairs and the same thing with bringing them downstairs with them in the morning. When the antlers get picked up in the morning they KNOW that we're heading on the road somewhere.

 

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Erica,

Where do you get the elk antlers? When Trouble was pregnant, she was going through the deer antlers like crazy, and with 3 big dogs, something bigger would be good.
 

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Thanks so much for sharing this! I had never heard of antlers for dogs but I will be sure to get one now!
 

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I love the styrofoam collar. My vet told me that the antlers could be to hard for Murphy and could break his puppy teeth...has anyone else heard this or had this problem? I was already to order some. :-( My kitchen chairs were never to hard for Chesters teeth...I was hoping the antlers might help with this problem.
 

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Erica,

Where do you get the elk antlers? When Trouble was pregnant, she was going through the deer antlers like crazy, and with 3 big dogs, something bigger would be good.
I'm very lucky to have these folks for friends: http://www.siriusinvermont.com/

They don't have online ordering for the antlers, but they are lovely folks to talk to, give them a call and describe your chewers. They can pretty much send you any kind of size or shape that you're interested in. At the show they vended at last weekend they had some of the nubs that were basically 8" long x 8 wide" x 4" deep - massive!!! I go for the 12" long and wrist diameter antler pieces - and so far they're basically lasting forever - so relatively big upfront cost (think they were $25 each) but we'll easily get more than 100 hours of aggressive chewing out of them before we hand them down to smaller dogs or puppies we know. My mom's lab is currently working on the ones we left in VA (which were six months old when we left them) and she chews on them for several hours a day. I was skeptical about the antlers - my guys are confirmed rawhide chewers - but I'm totally hooked now. We still have rawhides around, but we're not at the 3 roll a day habit anymore.

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I love the styrofoam collar. My vet told me that the antlers could be to hard for Murphy and could break his puppy teeth...has anyone else heard this or had this problem? I was already to order some. :-( My kitchen chairs were never to hard for Chesters teeth...I was hoping the antlers might help with this problem.
I'm not a vet, but I don't believe that a puppy is likely to break teeth on an antler. Lose a tooth naturally while chewing? Yes. We routinely recommend antlers to the puppy owners in our classes and haven't had a problem.
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now that's a happy pup. I also like your red home decor :)
 
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