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Antler chews - safe?

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stonecircle Sat 12-Nov-16 16:48:24

So I've just bought one for our 10 month old lab/shepherd cross to try and get her to leave shoes, skirting boards, etc alone. But now I'm worried about her breaking a tooth on it as she's really going at it with her back teeth. Am I being over cautious?

lk26 Sat 12-Nov-16 16:50:39

I got a buffalo horn for my chew mad Labrador when he was a year and he is fine with it. I suppose in theory they could break their teeth but try not to assume the worse.

TrionicLettuce Sat 12-Nov-16 17:01:53

I'd given antlers to my lot for years and never had a problem until DWhippet3 sheared off most of a molar on one earlier this year. Typically it was enough damage to expose the pulp so he then needed a GA and the remnants of the tooth removing.

He wasn't a particularly strong chewer so I think it was just a case of him catching that particular tooth really awkwardly. Bad luck but painful for him and expensive for me!!

I now use Anco Roots or Chewroots instead of antlers as they're much softer but still apparently lots of fun to chew on.

pigsDOfly Sat 12-Nov-16 17:01:53

My small breed dog used to love her antler chew when she was a puppy. Unfortunately, I had to take it away when she'd chewed it until it was too small and she'd never accepted a replacement.

Pretty certain they're about the safest chewing thing you can buy. Unlike bones, they don't splinter, or come off in chunks and given some of the things dogs chew I imagine their teeth are no more at threat from an antler than anything else.

Make sure you buy one that isn't too hard - I think the darker they are the harder they are, but it should tell you on the label - and it should be fine.

pigsDOfly Sat 12-Nov-16 17:04:49

Ah, just seen Trionic's post. Sounds nasty.

But I suppose nothing is without possible problems.

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