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A friend recently saw my dogs chewing on their antlers. She was astounded that I actually paid for them. I live in a rural area. Today, she brought me several antlers from a friend of hers who hunts. They are a bit smaller around than what I have purchased but not too small for the dogs. My question is this: do I need to do anything to these before I give them to the dogs? I'm going to cut them into managable size pieces but do I need to do anything else? boil them? steralize them in some way? Or, can I just cut them and let them have them?

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I heard that you should boil them. You may want to Google it.

My pups love the deer antlers.

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Well, I probably would just wash them off and feed them, but you may want to boil. I would just check to make sure that won't do anything like making them more brittle, etc. I finally broke down and paid $20 for an antler. No one touched it for a year. I even tried putting it in the rat cage, they wouldn't even touch it! :)

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Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I've decided I'm going to soak them in a very weak bleach solution, let them dry, cut them in appropriate size pieces and let them have them. I'm afraid boiling them might make them brittle and the weak bleach solution is just to help clean them up a bit. My friend said she would bring me some more and I'm thinking the girls may be giving them as Christmas presents to their greyt friends!

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A friend gave my girls some pieces of deer antler, and they have chewed/carried them around now for about two years or so. They're like petrified rock!!! I saw some in PetCo the other day, and was amazed at what they were charging for them.

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Guest greygirls2

Moofie.....what are you saoking them in.....a broth or just water??? I bought some antlers and none of mine are interested so I'd like to give this a try since they are an expensive chew to leave sitting in the chewy box...sigh.

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Thank you for posting about the deer antlers! I just bought my first one about 30 min ago. Got it because they said they last a long time. I asked the guy at the store if it would be too hard on my greys teeth and he said no, and if he didnt go after it, soak it in water for about 20 min to let the flavor soak out a little. Really looking forward to trying it.

 

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Guest Melissa516

I too broke down and bought 2 antlers... don't remember exactly how much there were, but the weren't cheap. Neither of ours are even remotely interested in them... go figure.

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