Deer antlers

Discussion in 'Dog Health and Nutrition' started by sabrina_1996, Apr 10, 2018.


  1. sabrina_1996

    sabrina_1996 PetForums Newbie

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    Hello

    What do you think about deer antlers to dogs chew? Do you have some tips to mantain the teeths of your dogs white?
     
  2. Burrowzig

    Burrowzig PetForums VIP

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    A few years ago I had to take one of my dogs to a canine dental specialist to have a slab fracture in a canine tooth fixed. He said he'd seen a lot more fractured teeth since deer antlers had been sold as dog chews.
    I wouldn't use them, though my dog's fracture was caused by her skidding face first into a wall on wet tiles.
    Actually another of my dogs (daughter of the one above) is going in tomorrow for a canine tooth extraction as a result of an extensive fracture - I have no idea how she did it.
     
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  3. Sarah H

    Sarah H Grand Empress of the Universe

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    I think like all dog chews, you need to know your dog and supervise. If my dog started trying to crunch it then it would be taken away, but as she happily lies there gently gnawing I have no worries about it.
     
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    I would never give an antler treat to my BC. We did in the past until one split and a large flake came off. The flake was lethally, razor sharp (just like a flint tool) but I spotted it as it fell to the floor from Bryn's mouth so no damage was done. But ....
     
  5. Sharonloumac

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    My 2 JRT are real chewers so I've found these perfect- but I don t leave them alone with them just in case they splinter.
     
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    We stopped giving them to our dogs after one of ours suffered a painful abscess from a chip to the back of her tooth. She got away with only one extraction but had been in pain for quite a while, as you couldn’t see the damage to the tooth. It was only when the abscess burst through the front of her gums that we could finally pinpoint what was wrong.
     
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    Be aware that not all antler is equal. Most of the ones sold commercially are red deer antlers, which are much the hardest. Fallow antler on the other hand, is considerably softer.