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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Why I give my dogs antlers - and you should too!

February is National Pet Dental Health Month.

Last week, I shared some of my personal tips with you to make brushing your dogs teeth easy, and no longer a chore for #dogdentalhealth month.
This week, I would like to introduce you to a chew that I use, which helps keep your dogs teeth super clean, with some added health bonuses as well.

buy antlers for your dog

My huskies are huge fans of antlers.

But there are right ways, and wrong ways to give your dog an antler.
Before we get to that, let me share some benefits of giving antlers to your dog.
  • Naturally shed antlers are 100% natural
  • Great for dogs with sensitive tummies or allergies
  • Antlers from this n that do not splinter or chip
  • no scent
  • no mess - no carpet stains!
  • High source of protein, calcium, glucosamine, and chondroitin.
  • Works wonders for cleaning teeth
The best part is, you can get antlers in all sizes and even shapes!
From extra small, to jumbo size for the big pups out there!
You can get antler "buttons," split antlers, or whole antlers.

buy these large antlers for your dog
I always get the large whole antlers. They last 
the longest. An antler can last months depending 
on the chewer. As with any hard chews, or bones,
it is important to supervise your dog with their
antler. Be sure that your dog is gnawing on it, 
rather than literally trying to chomp it in half. If 
your dog is a chomper, this may not be for you
as you could potentially end up with a cracked tooth. 
Antlers are fabulous for a teething pup who just needs 
something to gnaw on. 
my husky loves to chew on antlers

my husky gets health benefits from antlers

Antlers last a super long time in my house. My huskies will destroy a toy in seconds, but with these, they just love to gnaw on them for a little bit when they get bored. 
The health benefits are fabulous with antlers, so it is well worth the money.

You can find antlers at almost any pet store. 
I get them from my local pet store, and they are from a company called This N That.
It is important to research the company before you buy the chews to ensure that the antlers have been 100% naturally shed from deer. 

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you tomorrow for Wordless Wednesday.



48 comments:

  1. We have tried Antlers and we loved them :) There a great treat for when you just feel the need to give something a good chew. Milo & Jet

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  2. Yummy and good for the old nashers too .Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  3. I give mine antlers too - they have loads!!!!

    Woofs from Earl, Ethel and I at Earl's World!

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    1. I know, it's funny, there are times when I won't see any of our antlers for a few weeks, then all the sudden there's 5 of them on the floor. I think they stash them until they choose to bring them out for a good chew lol

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  4. Chloe is a huge fan of antlers...but LadyBug is not able to handle them. They are much to hard for her!

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    1. They are definitely not for all dogs, but the ones who can gnaw on them, they really are wonderful!

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  5. We've got whole and split antlers around the house. Mainly Bailie gnaws on them, sometimes I do. We love them.

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    1. Nice!! The split ones are great to get right at the inside of the bone. I like to have the whole ones mainly because they seem to last longer. But the split ones are great once and a while as well :)

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  6. In Denmark we can't buy antlers. I wish we could :)

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    1. Ah that's too bad. I wonder if you would be able to order them online then?

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  7. We love our antlers. I find they go through phases. We get them and they chew away, but the only ever want the one the other has. Then they disappear for a few weeks and reappear and it starts over again. We still have one left from Christmas 2013!

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    1. Ha! That's funny, I was just telling Earl in one of the above comments that sometimes ours disappear for weeks! Then all the sudden there are like 5 of them laying around BOL!

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  8. We have only given antlers a few times. I will have to look into them again. I love the no smell/no splintering idea! ☺

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  9. Greetings Supurr Husky Furriends, mmmmmm antlers... mew guys get some pawesome treats!!! MOL

    Bestest purrs

    Basil xox

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  10. Ma gave me an antler once and I refused to gnaw on it. I just carried it around the house, crying, and trying to find a place to bury it. :-O
    Oz

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    1. hahaha well, they aren't for every pup I suppose lol!
      One thing I heard though is to try rubbing the antler with sand paper, then rinsing it in water for a bit. Brings out the flavor ;)

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  11. Mom is super nervous to give these to us. Someone needs to give her talking!! They look so yummy!!

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    1. I understand being nervous. Let you mom know to just just watch closely the first few times you chew it to make sure you aren't chomping. If you try and chomp rather than nod, they probably aren't for you :)

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  12. I have always been given antlers. I can also destroy toys in mere seconds, but the antlers last several months. I usually gnaw on one daily.

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    1. Exactly! And gnawing on them is just so healthy for teeth too!

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  13. they make the ideal chew for dogs,xx Rachel

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  14. I wish our crew could try these, but everything is a competition with them. Who can eat the fastest and then go see what the other one has! I just don't trust them.
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. Makes sense. They aren't for every-pup that's for sure. The only think I could say is if it is possible to have them in separate rooms while they get an antler to chew for a while.

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  15. We love antlers too but Mom says we always want the one the other one has, and that can lead to problems:) Oh well, they sure are tasty.

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

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    1. Yes, I bet that could lead to problems. When my huskies each have their own antler, they aren't too worried about what the other one has, as long as it is the exact same lol

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  16. I keep reading that dogs can break teeth on antlers but I have not had any problems - there are so few long-lasting chew toys I feel safe giving The Ginger Sisters and antlers work for us!

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    1. I have never had any broken teeth with them as of yet either. But the important thing is to just make sure the dogs aren't chomping at it in attempts to break the bone in half. That is when the problems can occur.

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  17. I am glad you recommend the naturally shed antlers. Those we be only kind that we would use. Although neither Ava or Veruca really like them.

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    1. Oh definitely! That is the only kind we will purchase! Hmmmm, Mark, I have heard that if you rub the antler with sand paper, then rinse it off, it brings out the flavor more so that dogs will begin to chew on them. May be worth a shot!

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  18. We've never heard of chewing on antlers before. Dogs sure like to chew stuff. :)

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    1. haha! yes they do! Antlers are basically just a bone with tons of nutrients, and tastiness in the middle of it too!

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  19. Brown dawgs love antlers, maybe a bit too much. I have to limit them. lol

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    1. Ah really? Anlters here last quite a long time, I don't usually have to worry about limiting them.

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  20. Do antlers grew back on the animal who lost it? I think I’ll stick to eating Greenies for my teeth.

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    1. Yes! they absolutely do! Deer shed their antlers as we animals shed our fur! Then new ones grow back!

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  21. We tried antlers and I thought they were the best thing ever. Then, unfortunately one of my dogs broke two of his teeth on them. He didn't chew any differently than the other two dogs, but after that, we said no more antlers. My suggestion? Keep a real close eye on your dogs when they chew them.

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    1. That's a great suggestion! It is always important to keep an eye on your dogs when chewing something hard such as a bone, or other hard toys as well.

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  22. Bain is not a big chewer, which is both good and bad. He enjoys an antler for about 15 minutes and rarely touches it again!

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    1. Interesting! My dogs won't sit and chew and antler for hours and hours either. They chew for a bit, leave it alone, and go back to it a little later in the day. So on and so forth.

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  23. Don't see antlers here much but we have friends from Finland who bring our dogs Elk hide chews. They love them!

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    1. Elk is wonderful too! I think you should be able to purchase antlers online if you were so inclined.

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  24. My dogs chew'd on antlers when they first got them now they pick the jones bones to chew on, I do have to get some new ones and bet they will be back at chewing on them.

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