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  • redcattooredcattoo
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    Post edited by curlytails at 2013-05-22 14:25:48
  • redcattooredcattoo
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    Based on this previous link, sounds like scrubbing them down with hot water may be enough? Or should I boil them a bit?

    http://www.shibainuforum.org/forum/discussion/4973/deer-antlers/p1
    Post edited by redcattoo at 2012-11-02 12:35:38
  • sunyatasunyata
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    Post edited by sunyata at 2012-11-02 14:14:10
  • SayaSaya
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  • redcattooredcattoo
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    @sunyata thanks for your response. I am looking forward to some real deer antlers for Bear from Wisconsin, so it is good to know how to work with them.
  • shibamistressshibamistress
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  • redcattooredcattoo
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    Well, I started this thread in November and those deer antlers are still pretty much intact at our house now towards the end of May.

    I do have to admit though we don't use them much since acquiring Tanjiro in late January. We worry that Bear and Tanjiro would end up in chase games or wrestling matches and the sharp ends could become a problem (ie poked out eye). They now get them once and awhile if settled into their crates. Often in their crates though they really don't care to chew and usually like to just lay down and rest (with sad eyes LOL).

    For us, the biggest, safest thing to give them for their chewing desires has been hooves. They absolutely love the hooves, they seem just soft enough that they can break off small pieces as they chew and the hoof actually gets soft feeling the more the dog has had it in their mouth. Also no sharp edges so when they are wrestling and playing together to dominate one of the 4 or 5 available we don't worry about injury.

    The hooves last 2-4 weeks before we typically replace them with new ones. At the pet store we can get a pack of 10 for around $10-$12 so just a little over a $1 a hoof. Here is an example of what we use from Amazon even though the ones we buy in the store are a different brand ... http://www.amazon.com/Red-Barn-Naturals-Smoked-Hooves/dp/B004MA047S/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1369246728&sr=8-4&keywords=hooves
  • redcattooredcattoo
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    :) Oh yes, especially new smoky hooves can be quite smelly ... but I try to think of the smell like bacon cooking then I get hungry :)

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