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At 11 months, Sofie still likes to chew. I had recently read, where once pups have their permanent teeth, they should not chew hard bones, like antlers. If this is accurate, she has seen the end of the antler era.
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Don't know whether that's right or not but our 3, Porter, Becca and little Leo, would go mad if we took their antlers away. When they all get to chewing it's almost too loud to carry on a conversation. That said we have NO inappropriate chewing - not the outside shoes by the back door, the edges of the rug, the IPAD cords, the furniture, nothing! I had a dog many years ago that broke a tooth on a Nylabone but so far haven't had an issue with antlers. I suppose anything is possible but I can't deny the pups the joy they seem to take in chewing an antler!


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Like your pups, I'd hate to take her antler habit away. AND for us, it seems safe, non fattening, clean, non smelly, and a chew that she has to work at pleasurably. She is supervised while gnawing. She scrapes at the antler, instead if actually biting down. I think dogs can break teeth on ANY hard surfaced object. We had a GSD pup who was crate trained, developed separation anxiety and broke a tooth try to "escape" her crate. Bent the bars of her crate...
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Like your pups, I'd hate to take her antler habit away. AND for us, it seems safe, non fattening, clean, non smelly, and a chew that she has to work at pleasurably. She is supervised while gnawing. She scrapes at the antler, instead if actually biting down. I think dogs can break teeth on ANY hard surfaced object. We had a GSD pup who was crate trained, developed separation anxiety and broke a tooth try to "escape" her crate. Bent the bars of her crate...
I agree with you. Things happen, and there is only so much we can protect them from. The benefits of having a safe chew that they really like, to me, is worth the slight risk that they will chip a tooth. For Kodi, "consumable" chews, like like hove, tracheas, duck feet (he can't do bully sticks because of his beef intolerance, but they'd be in the same category) are consumed SO fast that they really have to be counted as a "food item" rather than a chew toy.

I do get the "flavored" moose antlers from Acadia Antlers. These are boiled in whatever flavoring they use, so are softer that regular moose antlers (and MUCH softer that elk or deer antlers!!!) so I don't worry so much about his teeth with them. He also LOVES them. He has a few plain moose antlers blades, but he will always choose to chew on one of the flavored ones if he can find one.


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At 11 months, Sofie still likes to chew. I had recently read, where once pups have their permanent teeth, they should not chew hard bones, like antlers. If this is accurate, she has seen the end of the antler era.
I'm so glad you asked this question. I just took Millie to the vet on Monday for shots and she mentioned that I shouldn't be giving Millie the deer antler because she could break her baby teeth and get an infection. I don't know what to do because she loves it. I don't want to get bully sticks because I have small children and I'm afraid of the bacteria they can spread. She chews through chewable nylabones in a matter of hours so that is out. The rubbery nylabones aren't her favorite. I will be following this thread to see what advice you get.
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Hmmmm......the owner of the pet food store where I get Maccabee's food told someone who asked about elk antlers that puppies should not chew on the antlers until they have all their permanent teeth. He said that they could injure their baby teeth, but it is not likely they would injure an adult tooth. Seems consistent with what Sarahdee's vet said.

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Hmmmm......the owner of the pet food store where I get Maccabee's food told someone who asked about elk antlers that puppies should not chew on the antlers until they have all their permanent teeth. He said that they could injure their baby teeth, but it is not likely they would injure an adult tooth. Seems consistent with what Sarahdee's vet said.
I hadn't even heard of antlers when Kodi was a pup, so he didn't have his first one until after he had his adult teeth. He didn't chew much until he was teething, and WHILE he was teething, by far, his favorite thing to chew on was an old wash cloth, tied in a knot, wet, then frozen. I had several so that I could rotate them as they defrosted. They seemed to really feel good on his gums! (Pam King taught me this trick!)


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I hadn't even heard of antlers when Kodi was a pup, so he didn't have his first one until after he had his adult teeth. He didn't chew much until he was teething, and WHILE he was teething, by far, his favorite thing to chew on was an old wash cloth, tied in a knot, wet, then frozen. I had several so that I could rotate them as they defrosted. They seemed to really feel good on his gums! (Pam King taught me this trick!)
That's a really good idea. I think Millie is too young to be teething but she loves biting everything. I'm going to try that.
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Though we have had antlers around since Leo first came home, he didn't really get into real chewing on them until all his adult teeth were in. I think his gums were tender when he was losing his baby teeth and getting in his adult teeth.


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Mine don't seem to care for the antlers. They are not interested in nylabones either but they love the Himalayan chews.

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