Are antlers good chew toys for dogs?

Asked By: Jazlyn Murphy
Date created: Fri, Feb 5, 2021 3:20 PM
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Are Antlers Safe for Dogs? Dogs love chewing on bones and antlers.

antlers do not appear to splinter as easily as bones or other toys; they last a long time, saving you money on chew toys for powerful chewers; and they appeal to our sense of what is "natural" for our Dogs.

Answered By: Ernie Kozey
Date created: Sat, Feb 6, 2021 5:23 PM
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Veterinarians disagree.

The $20 you might spend on a quality antler chew toy might seem like a good investment, but as Dr.

Marty Becker points out, the cost of dental surgery is many, many times that.

Antlers and other excessively hard chews are a common cause of broken teeth in dogs.

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Some chews and toys can provide additional benefits for your dog; like mental stimulation or help with keeping their teeth clean.

However, it's also true that chew toys have the potential to cause problems.

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Antlers make excellent dog chews because they are made of a bony material and so are hard, long-lasting, interesting to the dog and not smelly or staining. They are similar in hardness to a Nylabone, but tastier and healthier. Not all dogs will love chewing every antler.
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On the surface, antlers for dogs seem like the perfect object for our pets to chew on. Antlers do not appear to splinter as easily as bones or other toys; they last a long time, saving you money on chew toys for powerful chewers; and they appeal to our sense of what is “natural” for our dogs.
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It can feel, sometimes, like nothing is safe for dogs anymore. Bones, antlers, rawhide, and even Nylabones are all controversial when used as chew toys for dogs, and they all carry potential health risks.
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Leather toys offer a particularly rewarding playtime experience for dogs. Its unique toughness is able to stand up to most dogs' chewing, while its animal texture creates an amazing sensation on their teeth and gums that rewards their primal instincts.
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The $20 you might spend on a quality antler chew toy might seem like a good investment, but as Dr.

Marty Becker points out, the cost of dental surgery is many, many times that.

Antlers and other excessively hard chews are a common cause of broken teeth in dogs.

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