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Old 13-06-2013, 06:22 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for info Nat.

But tbh I don't think any anything you give your dogs to chew on are fail safe!

Rawhide bones are choking hazards and raw bones are at risk from splintering!

Ruby is a hard chewer and we have had stag bars here since they were first invented! She has slowly worn the bars down and still has a full set of teeth! Whereas I had to stop with the marrow bones because she was chomping off dangerous splinters!

I think as long as you are aware of the hazards that is the best you can do.

Ironically my vets sell Stag bars!!

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Old 13-06-2013, 07:12 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'm not surprised really, as they are about as hard as a beef thigh bone and they have a tendency to fracture teeth too.

I do have them, but my Labs aren't chewers really. It's the Poodles who like noshing on them and they haven't got the bite power to do too much damage to their teeth, so I'm not unduly concerned.

All of my lot have raw bones as part of their normal diet, so I don't need Stag Bars as Teeth Cleaners. It's just that the Poodles do love something to chomp on in the evenings, so they have those and nylabones. I won't feed rawhide as not only is it a choking hazard, but it can contain some really nasty stomach bugs.
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Thanks for this, we have some old ones lying on the garden that they will have a go now and again. Guess its like human food one day something is good for you then one day its not :roll:
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Gosh, Frank would be mortified if I took his stag bar away!! He has had it for three months, I bought three, one each, and this big bit is the last bit left. Rosie and Pepi pick it up now and again but Frank has eaten 2/3 of them and this is the last. He doesn't seem to really chomp on it though; but i will definitely watch out.

Of course since you describe this as a "surge" it's entirely possible that the antlers may be a bit harder; perhaps there is something to do with it being a wet spring; the wet spring and bad weather seems to get the blame for everything else :lol:
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Old 13-06-2013, 09:51 PM   #15 (permalink)
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It should also be noted they are NOT splinter/shatter proof as claimed. I saw one that had splintered badly after being given to a terrier. I was amazed how much it had fragmented into nasty sharp shards. Since they are so expensive I'll stick to bones!
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Old 13-06-2013, 10:08 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Really glad I know, and will keep a watch out but I do want to say that there are different deer, and they have different antlers. Minnie likes best fallow deer ones which are large and flat but softer. If I get the other ones I always get split ones. She just loves to chew, and can't have rawhide, or real ones to avoid tummy upsets and Nylabones are a nono too. So shall let her continue but keep an eye.

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Old 14-06-2013, 08:00 AM   #17 (permalink)
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My girls seem only to be interested in the 'marrow' bit of the stag horn.

So I got them the ones that are sawn in half lenthwise. They don't spend much time on them now that the 'marrow' has been reduced quite a lot.

They seem to prefer the cow hoof things...but only under supervision :roll:
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Old 14-06-2013, 08:58 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Poppy has 2 stag bars, one is her old puppy one which is split in the middle, the other is a large one. She goes through phases of chewing them and tossing them around. Nothing has splintered or broken off and I'm not overly worried about it. I do watch her when she has them and keep an eye on her.

Nothing is 100% safe these days and you have to constantly keep an eye on what our fur babies are eating / chewing 8O
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I thought I'd got a bargain at Honley show last weekend, a man was selling horn topped walking sticks and antler ornaments, he was selling the offcuts for £5 each. I got Coco a big, dark piece of antler with the rough outer (other pieces were lighter with smooth outer). She is gnawing it as I type. She only works at it for a few minutes at a time but I suppose it only takes one crunch to do the damage.

I was told by someone that they could be re-juvenated by putting them in hot water, I don't know if that will soften them at all.
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Old 14-06-2013, 06:30 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Hmm........

If correct this is a shame. As said issues with most chewables. I stopped raw bones after a couple of totally out of character possessive growl moments. Rawhide strip/sheet bones can be a choke hazard.

Looks like we will not be getting another antler chew & will stick with pressed rawhide bones and antos algae eurostar chews.
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