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Why do my moose antler chews have an odor?

Moose antler chews may emit a mild natural scent, which is normal and generally considered safe. The scent is often a result of the natural materials and minerals present in the antler. However, if the odor is strong, unpleasant, or foul-smelling, it could indicate a few different factors:

1. Freshness: Some moose antler chews might have a mild "earthy" or "woody" scent due to the natural components of the antler. This scent is usually subtle and not offensive. Over time, the scent may fade as the antler ages.

2. Processing Residue: During the cleaning and preparation process of crafting moose antler chews, residual dirt or debris might remain on the surface. While efforts are made to thoroughly clean the antlers, a mild residual scent could be present.

3. Dog's Saliva: As dogs chew on the antler, their saliva can interact with the natural materials in the antler and create a slight scent. This scent is generally not overpowering and is a natural part of the chewing process.

4. Mold or Mildew: If the moose antler chews were exposed to damp conditions or stored improperly, mold or mildew could develop, resulting in a noticeable and unpleasant odor.

If you find that the scent of your moose antler chews is unusually strong or unpleasant, it's a good idea to inspect the chews for signs of mold or mildew. If any of these issues are present, it's recommended to discontinue use and replace the chews. Additionally, ensure that you're storing the chews in a cool, dry place to prevent moisture-related issues.

If you have concerns about the scent of your moose antler chews, or if the odor persists after a few days and is particularly strong, contact us and we will make it right.