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02/20/2012 21:16:36 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  1892  views, category: Pet green living, Pet toys and treats  view all blogs

 It can be frustrating trying to figure out what you should and should not be giving your dog to eat and nibble on. Veterinarians tell you not to give your dog raw or cooked bones since they can splinter, but the bones in the pet store can be loaded with bacteria and germs. It seems the only other option is the Nylabone type treats, but those can get expensive.

Naturally shed antlers
Fortunately, there is another option. If you have not heard, antlers are all the rage in the dog treat community. This is because deer, moose, elk, caribou, and other animals shed their antlers naturally. Those antlers are picked up, cut down to a manageable size, cleaned, and shipped to you for your dog. Since they are shed naturally, no animals are hurt or killed for the product, making them an ecofriendly and renewable resource.

Wolves have had this figured out for a long time. They know when they run across antlers, they have found a delicious, long lasting treat.

Antlers are a healthy option
Not only are antlers splinter free and very long lasting treats, they are also packed with vitamins and minerals that dogs need. Deer antlers, for example, are full of calcium, phosphorous, potassium, iron, magnesium, and sulfur.

As the dog gnaws on the antler, you will notice it getting smaller. Unlike animal bones, however, it will not splinter. In fact, antlers last at least twice as long as animal bones. Your dog will be absorbing the minerals contained in the antlers as it breaks down.

Other reasons to choose antlers
In addition to the healthy minerals, naturally shed animal antlers are beneficial in other ways. For example:

* No smell - Antlers are odor-less and will not stink even after being chewed. If you have had the unpleasant experience of store bought animal bones stinking up your living room, you know how important this is.

* No mess - Again, with animal bones, there tends to be some bits and pieces left behind. Also, the coating that gets put on some bones can actually stain your rug. Antlers do not stain and will not splinter.

* Easily digestible - Veterinarians warn dog owners against feeding their dog rawhide treats or pig ears. This is because they are not easily digestible and can actually cause harm to a dog’s digestive system. Plus, there is not much nutritional value in these chews. On the other hand, antlers are not only easily digestible, but they are loaded with minerals that are good for dogs.

*Cleans teeth - Most bones and treats that are hard and crunchy will clean your dog’s teeth. Antler enthusiasts swear that antlers work better than anything on the market to make your dog’s teeth sparkle.

With all of these benefits, it is no wonder more and more dog owners are buying antlers for their dogs.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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