View Full Version : Elk Antlers

11-19-2011, 08:29 PM
I've read/heard others talk about giving these as chews, there's yummy, protein laden bone marrow and hard enough for the toughest chewers. I never bought them before but today I brought Maggs to work with me (long story but I needed a friend for the day) and there's an "upscale" pet supply store across the street so we walked over there. I got her an elk antler to occupy her time while I worked. As some of you know she's only mildly interested in food overall so for HER she had an enthusiastic response to the antler but given her choices she seemed to prefer trying to sit on my lap in my desk chair.

I figured I'd walk back to the store and buy one for Ding and one for Tugger (I live pretty far from work) for a big treat.

WOW! Tugger almost refused dinner to stay with the antler. And Ding (who barely even has teeth left after 11 years of dedicated frisbee playing) managed to get an awful lot of the marrow out.

I had to take them away from them because they were kinda nutty about them.

Maggie however is exhausted and couldn't care less. She's retreated to the far back of her crate and built a barrier with her boiled wool rug (which she can't seem to destroy) to keep the other two away from her.

I think the high, HIGH protein in the bone marrow combined with a VERY active day for Maggs has knocked her OUT. It's cute but I miss her annoying me on the sofa all night. Go figger.

Tugger is trying to figure out where his antler went (it's on top of the fridge in the outside room, far out of their reach).

I had no idea the passion these things could instill in Ding and Tugger.

11-19-2011, 09:06 PM
I didn't know you could buy those. I guess that is silly for me having not known seeing as how its elk hunting season, 3 of them walked thorough my back yard, and my landlord just allowed her frined a few days of hunting up here on her property. He didn't get anything though. I will keep an eye out for some!


11-19-2011, 09:20 PM
DON'T DO IT...really, my three are currently drugged on bone marrow. YIKES.

11-19-2011, 09:40 PM
Antlers are special treats for my dogs for long car trips and being crated at inside agility trials.

11-19-2011, 10:05 PM
Well gees! Good on a long car trip? I better get some for sure then! Our girls have a nice 17 hour ride coming up in December. They are very good but they would just love that. Now..if only they made something for cats... They are going to be miserable.

11-20-2011, 09:59 AM
I order my antlers from Bunny Eisele. But, my two don't seem interested in them anymore, and the antlers are just laying around the yard. :(

11-20-2011, 04:39 PM
You might want to test out how their tummy do with them before giving them the antlers for a car trip. My kids sometimes get the trots from the marrow being too rich. And they get fed a highly rich boar, bison and other red meat kibble every day. A long car ride plus the trots would not be a good time for anyone. Heh!

11-21-2011, 03:26 PM
What about other elk bones? My freind drew an Elk tag. He just got home and asked If I wanted any bones for my dogs. No Antlers, they are going on his wall. I am not a fan of hunting, but many of my freinds are. He was very surprized when I looked in the back of his truck!

11-21-2011, 06:41 PM
Be careful with these. I recently spent $1250.25 on a root canal for Toohey b/c he fractured a tooth on one. You know ACD's never do anything halfway, so he was a pretty enthusiastic chewer.

I always limited their time with the antlers, they never had free access to them 100% of the time, it was always supervised. He had been chewing for about 20 minutes or so when the fracture happened. I'm not sure if it was an unlucky occurrence where he happened to bite down just the wrong way, or whether it was cumulative & happened over time & the fracture developed & happened to give that day. The veterinary dental specialist said it could have been either scenario.

At any rate, the pulp chamber of the tooth was exposed & he had to have a root canal. It was one of the major rear molars on the top left side, the first big one. The veterinary dental specialist says his recommendation for chewing materials for dogs are very large raw bones & very large natural rawhide bones that the dog cannot completely fit in their mouth. If it can completely fit in their mouth & they can bear down on the chewing object with any force, it's too small & you need to give a bigger object to the dog to chew on.

My dogs no longer get antlers, sadly enough. I'm sure they miss them. I buy huge natural rawhide bones now & they love those too. We get super big dog huge size, even though Toohey is 26 pounds & my Mountain Cur Max is 33 pounds. Just a caution, something you might want to think about if you're considering continuing to give antlers to your dogs long term.

12-02-2011, 09:51 AM
Keane got his first Elk Antler last night (purchased from bestbullysticks.com) - I was really surprised the level of focus it received from him. He absolutely loved it. As soon as he woke up this morning, he went right back to it. It was put away after about 30mins this morning (:( not his happiest moment) and I am sure he will be looking for it again tonight!

A nice addition to the "special" treat shelf.

12-02-2011, 02:13 PM
I'm going to try the bigger size antlers for Christmas. I had a couple of the smaller ones for awhile, but the dogs didn't seem too interested. They will only be getting them while supervised though, I won't leave them out while I'm not at home. They always seem to like the deer antlers we find shed around here, but I'm leery about those as they are usually rather small and I'm afraid they will break.

12-05-2011, 05:35 AM
Living in oregon and being hunters Lucy just goes out and finds her own!!

12-05-2011, 01:02 PM
Both my dogs enjoy antlers. My red is a really hard chewer. Antlers are the only things she has ever chewed that didn't break. She just gnaws and gnaws on the end wearing it down. When they get about three inches i throw them away. Antlers are also the only yummy edible thing she does not resource guard so they are safe for all of the dogs to be chewing at once. Antlers are my fave chewies for both the dogs.