Much Better Than a Rawhide Chew

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For many years, I gave my dogs rawhide chews for a special treat.  Then we started to see more and more reports about ones from foreign countries having bad stuff in them like arsenic and other bad chemicals.  I adjusted by only trying to buy rawhide that was from the U.S.A.  However, I was reading other reports that were just as unsettling, saying that these types of chews had the potential to be choking hazards to our pets.  There was also the fact that they would get downright disgusting after our dogs would chew on them for awhile. They’d be all slimy and get coated with dirt from the ground or floor.  Ugh!

That was the final straw.  Three strikes against them and I made the decision to take rawhide treats out of our dog’s diet.  I switched to Greenies (doled out very sparingly) and Mother Hubbard dog biscuits (each of my dogs loved the peanut butter flavored ones).

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About a year ago, I noticed that my daughter’s dogs were really enjoying something that looked like deer antlers.  Now my son-in-law is a hunter so I thought perhaps he had cut up some from one of his deer kills but found out that these were deer and elk antlers that they had purchased from local pet supply stores.  I was really impressed with how long these lasted and the fact that they didn’t get all slimy and messy so I thought I might give them a try.  Toto the Terrific has been using deer and elk antlers as her chew of choice since we adopted her.  Believe me, Toto is a very vigorous chewer and these antlers have really stood up to the test.  She LOVES them, they last forever, aren’t messy, aren’t smelly, and keep her entertained for long stretches at a time.  When she finally gets an antler chewed down to a small enough size that I’m afraid it could be a choking hazard, I take it away and just give her another one.

You can purchase these antlers from many online dog supply companies.  I have found them at Petsmart and Pet Depot, too.  I think that even Amazon sells them.  Your initial thought might be that they’re rather expensive for just one (around $12-$30, depending on size), but these aren’t going to be used up after 2-3 days.  They can last for several months.

Don’t take my word for it, though.  What better endorsement than the bliss on Toto’s face?  Enjoy!

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Mom, Bucky Beaver is trying to sneak up on me to get my antler.

 

I got my eye on you, Buddy.

I got my eye on you, Buddy.

 

Oh, great!  Now he's trying to "play dead" so I'll check on him and then he'll swipe my antler.

Oh, great! Now he’s trying to “play dead” so I’ll check on him and then he’ll swipe my antler.

Yeah, just ham it up, Buddy.  I'm not falling for your tricks.

Yeah, just ham it up, Buddy. I’m not falling for your tricks.

 

Ma, Bucky's sniffing my antler.  Make him go away.

Ma, Bucky’s sniffing my antler. Make him go away.

 

If you get any closer, I'm going to bite your nose off.  Nobody comes between me and my antler.

If you get any closer, I’m going to bite your nose off. Nobody comes between me and my antler.

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