Are antlers good for dogs to chew?

Asked By: Dejah Emard
Date created: Thu, Dec 24, 2020 4:47 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.

Answered By: Alena Bruen
Date created: Fri, Dec 25, 2020 6:50 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.

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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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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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I believe that hard plastic or nylon chews, sterilized bones, cow hooves and antlers are too hard to be safe for most dogs.

Hard chews such as deer antlers can also cause bleeding in the mouth or internally if they splinter and blockages if swallowed, two more reasons to avoid them.

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As your dog grinds their deer antler down, they will be treated to bits and pieces of the goodness inside. These small pieces are completely safe for dogs to eat and are completely digestible. They even pack their own nutritional punch. Antlers are a healthy and stimulating treat for your dog to sink their teeth into.
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