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Old 06-14-2017, 02:52 PM
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Antlers for small dogs ok?

I have a l0 lb maltese. Are antlers ok for her to chew on.
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Old 06-14-2017, 02:58 PM
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How old is she? Are they deer or elk?

Deer antlers are softer than elk, but are still very hard. I have heard of more owners having no problems with giving their dogs antlers, but I still have heard of a few dogs getting abscessed or broken teeth because of them; still, I would give antlers over rawhide any day. Just make sure you supervise her closely.
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My 8.6lb dog has chewed on both deer and elk antlers without any major problem but he's not an overly aggressive chewer. He likes the ones that are split so he can get to the marrow.

Make sure to supervise your dog with them as I've had my boy manage to crack off shards of his last one and I had to take it away.
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My 8.6lb dog has chewed on both deer and elk antlers without any major problem but he's not an overly aggressive chewer. He likes the ones that are split so he can get to the marrow.

Make sure to supervise your dog with them as I've had my boy manage to crack off shards of his last one and I had to take it away.
True, whether they are aggressive chewers or not is a huge factor. My Nashi is the most aggressive chewer I've met. He's never had issues with antlers, but I worry so I don't let him have them for too long.
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Personaly I would not give any dog an antler or similar for chewing. Rule of thumb on dog chews is that if it's too hard for you to make an indentation with your thumb nail then it's too hard for your dog to be chewing on. I've seen way to many fractured teeth and been involved with way to many 2 hour plus tooth extractions that it's just not worth it, unless you have no issue spending $1000 for a surgery that could have easily been prevented. There's much better options for keeping your dogs teeth clean and keeping them entertained during the day.

The golden standard for keeping teeth clean would be to manually brush the teeth every day, ideally even twice a day just like we do for ourselves. Unfortunately most owners will not even consider trying to brush their dogs teeth or their dogs just won't tolerate it. At my work we offer CET chews and veggie dents as an alternative if the teeth brushing is just not going to happen. A lot of raw diet people recommend uncooked chicken wings or turkey necks, I've never personally done this since I have coated dogs and can't feed anything that will get caught up in the hair, I hope there's someone out there who's does feed these things and can chime on it.
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Personaly I would not give any dog an antler or similar for chewing. Rule of thumb on dog chews is that if it's too hard for you to make an indentation with your thumb nail then it's too hard for your dog to be chewing on. I've seen way to many fractured teeth and been involved with way to many 2 hour plus tooth extractions that it's just not worth it, unless you have no issue spending $1000 for a surgery that could have easily been prevented. There's much better options for keeping your dogs teeth clean and keeping them entertained during the day.

The golden standard for keeping teeth clean would be to manually brush the teeth every day, ideally even twice a day just like we do for ourselves. Unfortunately most owners will not even consider trying to brush their dogs teeth or their dogs just won't tolerate it. At my work we offer CET chews and veggie dents as an alternative if the teeth brushing is just not going to happen. A lot of raw diet people recommend uncooked chicken wings or turkey necks, I've never personally done this since I have coated dogs and can't feed anything that will get caught up in the hair, I hope there's someone out there who's does feed these things and can chime on it.

As I said, my boy is 8.6lbs, so he's a toy breed, 1/2 Chi which is a breed notorious for bad teeth and needing dentals, he's 4 years old and as of last month at his yearly check up he does not need a dental. The vet said that he does have a little tartar but not enough to be a concern. I do feed some raw bones to help with his teeth, since he's sensitive to chicken I give him pig tails and they seem to do a decent job keeping his teeth clean. He also gets himilayan chews, and cow hoofs. He has antlers but is not very interested in them, and I do occasionally give him bully sticks.

Like I said, my boy is not an aggressive chewer so I'm not to worried about the harder chews like the cow hoofs and antlers. If he was an aggressive chewer I'd not give him those two chews.
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In my personal opinion, I wouldn't give my dog antlers, and I wouldn't suggest it to anyone. My parents and grandparents dogs were getting antlers to chewing all the time and then unfortunately both ended up with tooth fractures that needed to be extracted. I mean people having been doing and yes, there are some people that have never had any issues, but its a risk I am not willing to take because it could lead various medical issues like a gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage within the GI system), choking, cuts and/or wounds within their mouth, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding from their rectum, and if severe enough could even cause death for you loving companion.

There are veterinary rawhide chews that can be purchased through your veterinarian which I've had no problems with. There is C.E.T Enzymatic Oral Hygiene Chews, these are great because they contain a enzyme system to allow your dog to digest the rawhide. Not to mention that they are clinically proven to reduce plaque accumulation by combining a natural antiseptic with abrasive action. They also come in a few different sizes (Petite, Medium, Large, and Extra Large). I believe there is another veterinary company that makes the same type of chew by the name of DentaPro.
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