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So i just picked up some antlers for my dogs to chew on. First they came from a deer farm so theyre fresh off the ground, is there any prep i need to do, like boil? 2nd any precautions i need to be aware of? Thanks
 

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No need to boil them. They are very hard though, so if you have a strong chewer I'd be cautious giving them antlers. They can break a tooth, so it's something to be aware of. I have a couple of antlers for my dogs, only my dane chews them and she liked the split antlers better. But she isn't a strong chewer so I don't worry about it. But I wouldn't give them to my lab/pointer, he could crack or break a tooth the way he chews. I've read of some people soaking the antlers in stock to attract the dogs to them, but I'd try them as is first.
 
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I want to try these with Trucker but am so afraid of the tooth cracking.
 

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I give them to my dog Chester. They make great chews, but I guess the important question is, does your dog chomp down, or gnaws at it slowly? I am going to echo what @annageckos said; no need to boil them, I actually have never heard of boiling antlers at all.
 

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I live on a farm, and we have hunters that leave us antlers for our dogs. We just give them as is with no trouble. My strong chewer has never had an issue with them.
 

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I live on a farm, and we have hunters that leave us antlers for our dogs. We just give them as is with no trouble. My strong chewer has never had an issue with them.
Many dogs will be fine, but it's something you need to be aware of. I wouldn't give them to really strong chewers, better safe than sorry. It's best to be aware of the possible issues that way you can decide if the risk is worth it.
 
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