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I just got two freshly shed reindeer antlers, and I'm wondering if they need any special preparation before giving them to my dog. I'm going to saw them into smaller pieces, but should I do anything else? Freeze for a week or something?
I'm thinking that it would be fine to just rinse the dirt off with hot water, but if anyone has knowledge/experience that says otherwise, let me know. Thanks!
 

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You can rinse them off if you want to or just give as is.
 
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These are whole antlers - they NEED cutting. I can't have my dog dragging an entire antler around the house. I cut them into large chunks - larger than the ones sold in pet stores. He's chewing on one right now and loving it :)
 

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Just checking--did you buy them or find them/get them from a friend? I once got excited because I found a full deer rack a buck shed in the backyard and was going to give it to Stella. But the vet said that that might not be safe because of germs and there might be trace amounts of blood on it she shouldn't ingest. I asked if boiling it would make it safe but they said just not to. If that's the case I might ask your vet.
 

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Just checking--did you buy them or find them/get them from a friend? I once got excited because I found a full deer rack a buck shed in the backyard and was going to give it to Stella. But the vet said that that might not be safe because of germs and there might be trace amounts of blood on it she shouldn't ingest. I asked if boiling it would make it safe but they said just not to. If that's the case I might ask your vet.
They are from a local reindeer farm/research center. I'm not too worried about germs; dogs are tough and mine's eaten worse things (before I could stop him, of course) without issue. My old dog chewed on bones from an old moose skeleton on our property and never had issues.
 

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These are whole antlers - they NEED cutting. I can't have my dog dragging an entire antler around the house. I cut them into large chunks - larger than the ones sold in pet stores. He's chewing on one right now and loving it :)
If its a whole shed, then yea I would cut off each one and give them whole. But no peeping needed otherwise.
 

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If its a whole shed, then yea I would cut off each one and give them whole. But no peeping needed otherwise.
What do you mean by "cut off each one and give them whole"? By whole do you mean not split? Not that I really need to know, but I like to understand what people are saying.
 

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Just checking--did you buy them or find them/get them from a friend? I once got excited because I found a full deer rack a buck shed in the backyard and was going to give it to Stella. But the vet said that that might not be safe because of germs and there might be trace amounts of blood on it she shouldn't ingest. I asked if boiling it would make it safe but they said just not to. If that's the case I might ask your vet.
That is kind of odd. Dogs can handle germs just fine. I've also fed raw deer in the past. Wild, not ranch raised. There was plenty of blood there.

I'd give the antler in as big of pieces as you can.
 

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Just checking--did you buy them or find them/get them from a friend? I once got excited because I found a full deer rack a buck shed in the backyard and was going to give it to Stella. But the vet said that that might not be safe because of germs and there might be trace amounts of blood on it she shouldn't ingest. I asked if boiling it would make it safe but they said just not to. If that's the case I might ask your vet.
Vets know very little if anything about dog nutrition. Salmonella won't hurt dogs, so germs are nothing. Dogs as well as us live in a world of germs. Blood also won't hurt them,in fact blood has nutrients in it as well. They are designed by nature to eat raw meat which includes blood. There are more than "trace" amounts of harmful man made ingredients added to the kibble the vet is selling though...... It's a typical vet scare tactic.
 

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That is kind of odd. Dogs can handle germs just fine. I've also fed raw deer in the past. Wild, not ranch raised. There was plenty of blood there.
Stella has a sensitive stomach. That might've been why he said that.
 
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