In our quest to do our best for our furry pets, we tend to go overboard. Sometimes, we get way too excited and feed them a variety of treats and chews. While that’s excellent, in over-enthusiasm, we tend to forget to check whether the treats are actually helpful and safe.
Antlers are an example. They are popular as chews because they are hard and can keep our little tailed-friends engaged for a long time. But, are they safe? Should you be giving your dog these chews? We shall get to the bottom of this in our article today.
What are antlers?
These are chew toys made from the antlers of deer or elk. They are very enticing for dogs because they apparently smell delicious. If your dog gets a whiff, he will yell until you give it to him and then chew it for hours.
Why are antlers popular as chews?
Here are a few reasons why dog lovers are buying antlers as chew toys:
- Dogs absolutely love antlers. They cannot have enough of them due to the taste, the crunch, and the scent. Many of them go crazy with happiness!
- Antlers help clean teeth because as dogs chew on them, they get rid of all the plague and other build-up.
- They are natural and in this aspect, safer than the other chews available in the market.
- Antlers are very long-lasting. Once you get an antler, you won’t have to worry about replacing it for weeks. In some cases, one can last for months!
Should you be worried at all?
Actually, yes. They say that too much can be too bad. It is true in the case of antlers. Antlers are not just hard, they are very hard. They are, in fact, so hard that they can cause tooth damage! Some dogs may suffer from tooth breakage, and that’s extremely painful.
Also, antlers are very expensive.
Are deer antlers safe for dogs to chew?
In generic terms, we would say no. Antlers are not really the safest options out there, and we wouldn’t recommend them.
If we go into the specifics, though, we think a few dogs can manage them. Of course, these are not meant for puppies, senior dogs, or small breeds. We urge you not to introduce it at all because your dog will love the smell, and you will have a hard time taking it away from him. This kind of love is dangerous!
Big, extremely healthy dogs can probably try deer and elk antlers, but even then, we advise that you restrict the chew time to a few minutes.
Or, let’s all just be safe and resort to the safe chews. The market has many of them!
Can antlers make dogs sick? YES.
Are antlers safe? Not really.
Should you get your dog antler chew toys? Please don’t.
We hope this article helps you make a healthy choice for your paw-some friend. After all, he trusts you completely and will do anything you want him to. The least we can do for such angels is ensuring that they get the healthiest, safest, yummiest food.
Thank you for reading. You are paw-mazing!