How do you prepare deer antlers for dogs?
The best and easiest way to sterilize deer antlers is by blanching them. Blanching requires placing the chunk of antler in boiling water for one to two minutes and then immediately immersing it in cold water. Boiling antler chunks will sterilize them, but because antler is essentially bone, you risk becoming brittle.
Can you soften deer antler?
Soak the antler section in cold water for 24 to 48 hours. This will begin the softening process that will allow you to straighten the antler.
Can you soak antlers in broth for dogs?
If your dogs grow bored with their antlers, heat up some beef broth. Remove the broth from heat and put your antlers in to soak for a few hours. Let the antlers dry and give them back to your dogs. They will greet them like they’re brand new!
Are deer antlers too hard for dogs?
Like any chew, antlers can pose certain risk for dogs. While a safer and more humane chew than rawhide, there are still some things to keep in mind when buying your dog an antler chew. Antlers are very hard, and this can mean that if your dog chews too aggressively, they can chip a tooth or hurt their gums.
Should I boil deer antlers?
You should boil the antlers outside, otherwise they will stink up your house. Before beginning, test to see if the cooking pot is large enough to fit the antlers inside. All of the antlers should be submerged during boiling.
Will antlers break my dog’s teeth?
Antlers are hard enough to withstand the force of another deer’s antlers in battle, which means they’re definitely hard enough to break your dog’s teeth. Like bones, antlers can break and splinter. These splinters can get lodged in your dog’s mouth, throat, or intestines.
How do you soften a dog’s bone?
If your dog isn’t used to chewing on bones it is best to soften the bone through boiling. Also boiled bones are great for puppies to get them accustomed to chewing on bones.
What do you soak deer antlers in?
Take some warm water and a mild detergent, like Dawn® dishwashing soap. Using some good old elbow grease, soak the antlers for a few minutes or just start scrubbing them with a wet washcloth and the soap. They should clean up nicely very quickly. Rinse them clean, and let them dry.
How do I get my dog to chew antlers?
If your dog is not attracted to the antler chew right away, or if it’s completely new to them, coax them to taste it and get it in their mouth, or smear it with a little peanut butter or something else they like. Once your dog gets a taste and knows it’s meant for chewing on, they will fall in love with it.
How long should you let your dog chew on an antler?
Gnawing at the antler helps to remove plaque off your dog’s teeth and therefore keep them clean and white. It is shown that if a dog chews on an antler for thirty minutes per day it can reduce the plaque on their teeth by 70%.
Do antlers give dogs diarrhea?
Do not give puppies any kind of antlers to chew on. (The high protein content can cause stomach upset and diarrhea.) And finally, if you do decide to give your dog an antler chew (or any other chew as well), always supervise them to keep them safe! No chew product is 100% safe and healthy for every dog.
What kind of antlers are best for dogs?
Whole elk antlers are a good choice for dogs that like to chew but are not heavy duty all day chewers. Upon request we can provide elk antler chews from the base of the antler (denser and longer lasting) or from the upper part of the antler (softer and easier to chew).
Can I give my dog an antler I found?
Broadly speaking, yes deer antlers are safe for dogs but there are a couple of risks. Aggressive chewers risk fracturing their teeth, especially on very hard deer antlers.