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The Best Antler Chews for Dogs
Antler chews are long lasting dog chews for dogs who love to chew; so if your dog destroys plush dog toys in seconds, an antler chew may be a great choice for you. Antler chews do not smell like some dog bones; so they are perfect for houses with sensitive noses. Split antlers are a great choice for dogs who have never had an antler chew because of the enticing exposed marrow that dogs love to eat. If your dog does not take to an antler immediately, you can try soaking the antler in low or no sodium bone broth overnight and then giving him the chew again. Primal Pet Foods makes tasty bone broths full of nutrients that are great for reviving an old antler or bone. Split antlers have exposed marrow and are going to be easier for your dog to chew; while whole antlers are going to be harder for your dog to chew. The softest antler chew is a moose antler whereas the hardest antler is a deer antler. Elk antlers fall somewhere between moose and deer. All antlers are still a hard chew in comparison to bully sticks; so be careful to watch how your dog chews to determine if an antler is the right chew for him. Buck Bone Organics provides the best naturally shed antler chews for dogs. Not sure which antler to get for your dogs? Try a variety pack of elk antlers or deer anlters if you have more than one dog!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Antlers for Dogs
Are antler chews safe for dogs?
Antler chews can be a great chew and can be safe for many dogs. But like other dog chews, they are not one size fits all. You will need to choose the right kind of antler and always supervise your dog while they are chewing. Choosing a softer antler like moose or elk that will be easier on your dog’s teeth and getting one that’s not too big or small will help prevent injury or damage to your dog's teeth. If an antler is damaged or broken, it can be a health hazard to your dog; so be sure to remove any chew that can be a hazard. Power chewers may not do well with antlers because they become frustrated with the hardness of the antler. Learn your dog's chewing habits and caution when choosing a new antler chew. You can always ask your veterinarian if you are unsure if an antler is right for your dog.
Are antler chews for dogs digestible?
Antlers for dogs are digestible, but it is best if your dog does not consume large pieces of antler because they can be a choking hazard. The marrow inside antlers is nutritious and delicious to dogs and easier to chew; so split antlers are a great option for dogs who like to chew.
Do antlers taste good to dogs?
Antlers taste good to dogs, and they enjoy chewing on them because of the varying texture and the flavor of the marrow. The marrow inside the antler is the yummiest part; so many pet parents choose split antlers to make the marrow easier to access. Splitting larger antlers like elk antlers can also make them easier to chew.
What type of antler dog chew is best for dogs?
The type of antler dog chew that is best for dogs will vary from dog to dog. Elk and moose antlers are softer than other antlers like deer; so they may be appropriate for lighter chewers, older dogs, and teething puppies. Split or sliced antlers of all types will usually be softer and smaller, and also considerably tastier because the marrow is exposed. More powerful chewers may do better with harder antlers like those from deer, but use caution because frustrated power chewers can cause tooth and mouth injuries with antlers.