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Ricky just received his first order of Acadia Antlers. I purchased the size recommended for his weight, about 6" long. I purchased three different flavors - bacon, cheese, and peanut butter.

I have questions for those of you who use these chews:

Where do you store them - on the shelf, air tight container, in the freezer, or in the refrigerator?

When do you take them away? How close to the end do you let them chew before throwing away?

How often do you let them chew on them?

Ricky is already bugging and begging me to give him one. He can smell them. They are expensive and I am concerned that, based on experience with other hard chews, he can eat one of these in about 30 minutes, the whole 6 inches, and that can get expensive. Any tips or tricks you care to share?

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Popi, Tucker isn't a strong chewer, and I have to soak the end of the flavored Taster for an hour or so to soften it up enough for him to chew on. (We have the same size as yours.) However, it has REALLY helped a lot on getting rid of some tartar he had, so I'm really happy with them.

I take them away and throw out when it gets down to about 1.5".

I will be interested to hear how long one lasts Ricky! For Tucker, I let him chew on one for about an hour or so, and one lasts him a couple of weeks, though he doesn't usually have it every day.

I store them in a ziplock baggy in the pantry.

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Ricky just received his first order of Acadia Antlers. I purchased the size recommended for his weight, about 6" long. I purchased three different flavors - bacon, cheese, and peanut butter.

I have questions for those of you who use these chews:

Where do you store them - on the shelf, air tight container, in the freezer, or in the refrigerator?

When do you take them away? How close to the end do you let them chew before throwing away?

How often do you let them chew on them?

Ricky is already bugging and begging me to give him one. He can smell them. They are expensive and I am concerned that, based on experience with other hard chews, he can eat one of these in about 30 minutes, the whole 6 inches, and that can get expensive. Any tips or tricks you care to share?

gracias, Ricky's Popi
I would be EXTREMELY surprised if Ricky can get through one in anything CLOSE to that length of time. Even my son's 70 lb Tree Walker takes several hours to get through one of the small ones, and he's an aggressive chewer. (something I discourage... We have a couple of BIG ones around for him!!! ) It takes months form my guys to get through one to the extent that I need to take them away. I do get rid of them when they get to be less than about 3" in length, though it also depends on the other dimensions. Some are wider or thicker, so I make the decision on when to take them away based on when I think they could be a choke hazard.

As far as where we store them is concerned... Mostly under the couch or the bed. I do round them up from time to time, and keep the excess in a cabinet, but they are not stored in anything air tight. Even if the scent is not strong when they are stored, you can smell which flavor they are as soon as they get wet with saliva and chewing. My guys' favorite is maple, followed by bacon.

I HAVE to leave lots around, or there is a lot of arguing about them. (very dog-in-the-manger-ish!) I've found that the optimal number to have out for my guys is 5 antlers for 3 dogs. Then when one steals on, the other is able to find a replacement. Ricky doesn't have that kind of competition!


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just be careful with any antler chews, I know Sabine only recommends them for "soft chewers" and DR Becker doesn't really recommend them at all . Antlers Dog Chews Have Become Very Popular

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just be careful with any antler chews, I know Sabine only recommends them for "soft chewers" and DR Becker doesn't really recommend them at all . Antlers Dog Chews Have Become Very Popular
I don't think most vets even know about these flavored moose antlers, Dave... They are MUCH softer than elk, deer or untreated moose. My guys have absolutely no interest in the others, because they simply can make no headway on them. I can scrape bits off these with my fingernail.


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I don't know what to make of Acadia claims that their moose is harder than deer or elk, that's it all natural and that it will last longer than a week. ?? Didn;t know moose antlers came in flavours? That doesn't sound right , but then again they don"t even know that a male moose is not called a buck lol??
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After watching the video, I can verify that Ricky is a very hard and aggressive chewer. Now I am concerned that he might crack a tooth with these antlers. Can these moose antlers be softened somewhat by soaking in water or boiling?

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I don't know what to make of Acadia claims that their moose is harder than deer or elk, that's it all natural and that it will last longer than a week. ?? Didn;t know moose antlers came in flavours? That doesn't sound right , but then again they don"t even know that a male moose is not called a buck lol??
They DEFINITELY last longer than a week. I can't even imagine a dog going through one in a week. Even my friends with large dogs don't find that their dogs go though them that quickly. (Though among my dog friends, the dogs are pretty busy and not left to their own devices to chew all day either)

I think the bigger pieces, with more solid outside edges may be harder than the slices for small dogs. At least I know Chipper, my son's hound, make very little headway on his big ones, while he essentially "eats" the small one meant for my dogs if he gets hold of them. As I said before, my dogs have never cared for elk or deer antlers... they lose interest quickly when they can't make any headway on them. They all love the flavored moose slices.

As to flavoring.... not sure what you mean by "it doesn't sound right." They definitely ARE "flavored", and my dogs show definite preferences. Obviously, they are not naturally flavored... they add the flavor to them. (My GUESS is that they boil or soak them in the flavoring, which is, perhaps, also why they are a little softer). Whatever the process is, I know from talking to them that it is time-consuming enough that they can't always keep up with the demand for the flavored ones.

The "Bucking Good" is advertising schtick, of course. Since the family-owned company is in Maine, I suspect they DO know that a male moose is a bull. But they wouldn't HAVE to know that to go out in the woods and collect sheds. They make a good product.

I believe dogs NEED an appropriate chew outlet. I don't really like "consumables" like bully sticks, himalayan chews, trachea, duck feet and the like because, at least with my dogs, they consume them WAY too quickly, and it's just too many calories going into a not terrifically valuable food source. I sure don't want them chewing my furniture, or sticks dragged in from outside. Beef is off the table because of Kodi's allergies (another reason we can't do bully sticks and tracheas too), so large fresh bones are not an option for my gang. Is there a possibility of a cracked or broken tooth with antlers? Sure. But they can crack a tooth on pretty much any type of chew. Unless we wrap our dogs in cotton wool and keep them on the couch, there is ALWAYS a chance of injury. I want to keep my dogs as safe as reasonably possible, while still allowing them to be dogs. So I give them moose antlers to chew.
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just putting out the info I'v got Antler Dog Chews - an update after surge in cases of fractured teeth

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Zoe owns a 6" split elk antler. I keep it out and one lasts her months. She likes the marrow. (unflavored)
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