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    Hi guys! Me again. I am curious on what age you give your Lab elk/deer antlers? Just wanted to make sure before I give Ryder his. He will only be 8 weeks old at the time, so let me know your input. Thanks!
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    Good question . . . Bauer was probably 9 months old before he had his first antler, but only because that is when he found his first antler.

    I would ask the vet if there is anything dangerous prior to having vaccinations completed, but I can't think of anything. Bauer finds lots of antlers on our runs/walks, he has a whole box full at home.
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    We are curious about this too...
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    I think I would at least wait until he has his adult teeth?



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    I would give a size appropriate one to him now.

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    Good question. I know that the antlers you buy in the store are "cleaned" and all that. And many people give their puppies Nylabones, which are also very hard, so they might be ok for younger dogs. I would obviously suggest getting an appropriately sized one, not small enough for the dog to try to swallow.

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    I send puppes home with an antler that's split up the middle.

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    We gave Mo an elk antler when he was 3 months. It was better then him chewing on us, our shoes, and our clothes. We told our vet about it and he didn't seem concerned.

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    I have a antler that's appropriate for Ryder but it looks "medium sized" to me. Ryder will be a big puppy by the time we bring him home so he will definitely need that. So I won't have to worry that he'd swallow or anything like that. He will have things that's bigger than him and I will make sure it's safe enough for him to have. Thanks, everyone!
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    I'd be concerned about giving any kind of bone until the adult teeth are grown and set. The enamel can be easily worn down. It might be fine for teething while the pup still has puppy teeth, but once adult teeth start coming in, I think I'd hold off of bones and antlers.

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