Are Deer Antlers For Dogs A Good Chew Toy?

Over the past couple years we’ve been hearing rave reviews about deer antlers for dogs.  If you have Labrador Retrievers in your house then you probably run into some of the same issues we do with Dublin, our yellow lab, and Stetson, our black lab.  Those two boys just love to chew up their dog toys, treats, chews, rawhides…you name it, they chew it.  In fact, Stetson can chew up a giant pressed rawhide bone in less than 5 minutes!  That’s the same bone that used to take Dublin 2 weeks to polish off (now it takes him about a half hour).  Some of the things we’ve heard about these wonderful chew toys/treats are:

  • “They are great for dogs who love to chew because they last for a very long time.”
  • “You can purchase them in different sizes depending on the size of your dog.”
  • “They don’t stink really bad like the bully sticks you get from the store.”
Deer Antlers For Dogs

Deer Antlers For Dogs

If you’d like to read more information about deer antlers for dogs then check out this affiliate link  Amazon.com (affiliate link).  Amazon readers give mostly good reviews of the Antler Dog Chew (affiliate link).

However, we recently received an email from our Guide Dog group that we wanted to share with our readers.  Here’s what they had to say about deer antlers for dogs.

Deer Antlers For Dogs

We are having an increase in the instances of dogs (puppies and adults) with acute diarrhea. All test show that the cause is not bacterial or parasitic. What all these cases do have in common……

Now I am not knocking antlers, they definitely have their place. Antlers are an excellent tool for dogs with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. But because they are considered a novel protein, once a dog is given this as a treat, Venison can no longer be considered a novel protein for that dog. This makes it much more difficult to find a novel protein if needed in the future for skin or intestinal issues.

Recently, as antler dog chews become more popular, antler is getting more scarce. Antler chew sellers are popping up all over and they are looking to sell the cheaper, low grade antler to make more profit. These antlers are old, brittle and can crack and splinter when chewed. Because of the scarcity antlers are being brought in from other countries like China where they may be treated with chemical preservatives. Antlers are also high in protein, this too can cause stomach upset especially in young dogs.

We recommend the following “chew toys” : Sterile bones, Nylabones and the occasional rawhide, these are the same chew toys that are given while they are in training. All of these chews need to be given only under direct supervision.

We do not recommend antlers as a chew toy/supplement.

Are Deer Antlers For Dogs A Good Chew Toy?  Obviously we can no longer use deer antlers as a chew toy/supplement for our guide dog puppies in training, but then again we never had the chance to use them in the first place.  By the way, I’m glad I did not have to experience acute diarrhea with my pups.  The fear of all 3 of my dogs getting diarrhea is enough to make me avoid purchasing deer antler chews for my dogs.

So I guess we’ll just stick to the Sterile bones, Nylabones and the occasional rawhide.  Lucky for us Dublin (and now Apache) loves the Nylabones and Sterile Bones so we rarely give them any other kind of dog chews.

Are current favorite dog chew toys are KONG Extreme Dog Toy and Nylabone Dura Chew Wishbone Chew Toy (affiliate links).  The KONG Dog Toy has been pretty much indestructible while the Nylabone Wishbone gets a bit jagged when our dogs chew on it, but has remained in one piece…just don’t let your dog drop it on your bare foot…OUCH!

Do you have a destructive dog that loves to chew?  What are your favorite dog chew toys?  Have you tried deer antlers for dogs?  How about elk antlers for dogs?  We’d love to hear about your experiences so tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.

Comments

  1. says

    I’ve been curious about deer antlers but have been put off by the price for a consumable chew. This post is the first time I’ve seen concerns about deer antlers.

    I guess I’ll stick with good old Nylabones. Honey loves them and they last a long time.

    • says

      @Pamela, I’ve been put off by the prices of the deer antlers as well and that’s probably the main reason why we haven’t tried them yet. I’ve received several emails from other readers that really like the deer antlers and I’m going to post them to the comments section so everyone can get a different perspective of the deer antlers for dogs. This is the first time we’ve heard of any concerns with the antlers too.

      • says

        Antlers are great for dogs but once in a blue moon a dog can have a reaction like that. It’s just like humans, most people can eat onions but I have a sensitivity to them and can’t tollerate them. I can tell you I have been selling elk antlers for dogs for years and years and have had customers call their vets and get them approved and have only heard of a few stomach issues. Some dogs can have a sensitive stomach and some antlers can have richer marrow then others. When buying them, a good retailer should be able to pick you an antler that is less dense, if you request it. But generally, the richer and darker the marrow and the heavier the bone, the longer it will last. Hope this helps. I wouldn’t discount them for your dog, the majority of dogs do not have stomach issues with them. They are generally the type of treat that is not consumed all at once. And elk is way better then deer, in my opinion.

        • says

          @Rachel, thank you for the information. Those are some very good points and I was actually thinking about the fact that a small number of dogs stomachs would be sensitive to the antlers. I will have Apache for another 3 months until he starts his formal guide dog training. Since our school does not want our guide dog puppies using the antlers as chews I think I’ll probably just wait until he goes off to guide dog college before I decide whether or not to allow my dogs to use the antlers as chews. By the way, why do you like the elk antlers better than the deer?

          • says

            Sure, no problem. I love talking about the antlers because I really believe in the product. It’s funny because I sell fancy dog clothes and beds and collars and strollers and stuff like that so myself selling antlers was never even a thought. But, my husband and I were at an industry tradeshow once and we saw a booth and the guy was telling us about them and we had our dog with us and she went nuts for them. My husband convinced me, I didn’t even want to touch them at the time. It was a great decision and I have been selling them for many, many years now. And in my expierence, elk are stronger, split and splinter less and last way longer. Again, this is just my expierence but I do have a lot of it and I sell them at big expos all the time and I am constantly interacting with customers about them. I get feedback about them all the time. If deer were better, I would be selling deer, trust me.

          • Brian King says

            I have been giving my Dogs Antlers for years. I go out and find them in the woods once the deer have shed. I don’t have one single bad thing to say about them. Me and the dogs get exercise while finding them, the dogs absolutely love them, they last forever, and from everything I have read they promote bone strength and density in my dogs. I would definitely caution against giving any dog an antler that was old and brittle. sometimes we find them after a few years on the ground. no good . I only give my dogs fresh shed antlers that are still in the form they were before the deer shed them. I don’t have any proof but I believe with a good diet and exercise and deer antlers as chew toys has extended the life and health of my old dogs. Thank goodness I don’t have to buy them though , wow , expensive. Sorry for the long run-on sentence I am typing with one hand due to a broken humours in my shoulder. good luck to all with deer antlers . I am 100% a fan for dogs.

        • Lucia says

          My dogs LOVE LOVE LOVE the deer antlers I got them for Christmas. Would love to try Elk Antlers! What are your prices? I’m in Canada.

        • Carol K says

          We got some deer antlers from a friend who has a farm. Do we have to do anything to clean them or prepare them before giving them to our dogs?

          • says

            Unfortunately, I’m not too sure how you prepare deer antlers. Someone else in the comment thread may have an idea how you should treat or prepare deer antlers before giving them to your dogs.

        • Torry says

          I have to agree with Rachel, elk is better that deer. My seven year old GSD had an un-split elk antler from the base, which he didn’t chew much. Another dog from the office took to it and I ended up giving it to her, she’s a Samoyed. I just bought a split elk antler large, and my GSD is devouring the marrow from it. It’s obvious now that he’s more interested in the inside rather than the outside of the antler, although I hope he’ll continue to gnaw away at it once he’s removed the marrow. My dog, fortunately has not gotten ill from elk or deer antlers.

          There are a ton of reputable antler sellers, most notably ones that have ranches and have elk herds or other antlered animals. You just have to find the right ones. Also, moose antlers are wonderful. I have a friend that hunts for antlers during the shedding season, just before winter. Although the antlers are much flatter, the spikes from the antlers are just like elk and deer antlers.

        • Kris says

          My dog is a big chewer and the antlers I buy at the store (most likely Elk) last for months… Unfortunately for me a 5″ piece of the larger base of the antler is $25… I have asked a hunter friend to get me some sheds if he comes across them and I was wondering do I just cut off a piece and give it to my dog or should I sterilize it somehow? I thought that maybe if I bake it for a couple of hours it will harden it and kill any present bacteria.

          • says

            Hey Kris, I’m not sure what you would do to properly prepare elk or deer antlers that were found while hunting. Our dogs really enjoy both elk and deer antlers, but we’ve only purchased from reputable sources.

    • Maggie chirita says

      I have a 9 month old pitbull n I tried almost every toy out there n she chewed n destroyed them until I found Hartz dura play dog toys . She could never chew n destroy these toys. They are the best toys I ever found out there. Try n see the difference

      • says

        @Maggie, thanks for letting us know about your pups favorite (most durable) dog toys. My guys are heavy chewers too so I’ll have to check out the Hartz dura play dog toys.

    • says

      Hi Pamela,

      I am not 100% positive about deer antlers but elk antlers are expensive because they last much longer then a normal, consumable dog treat. In a non-aggressive chewer, a good elk antler can last up to 6 months, in my expierence. It all depends who you buy them from and if they are deer vs elk vs moose (moose are hard but tend to make a mess, deer spit and splinter and don’t last as long) and the dog. But you can ask anyone who has tried at least an elk antler from a reputable source, they are the great, long lasting treats and well worth the added cost.

    • G says

      Hello all,
      My toy poodles (5) and my son’s chihuahua are all under 5 pounds and I finally found deer antlers under $5 at TARGET of all places. If you give deer antlers, make sure they do not have velvet on them and they look like they were boiled. The dogs do just fine with it;

      • says

        I would be very careful feeding your dog deer antlers from Target. But that is just my opinion. You have to know where they are coming from and deer splinter.

  2. Cheryl says

    I have purchased them, but only from one site, I NEVER purchase anything but USA products and found a site where they only sell fresh Grade A deer antlers from USA, I have had no problem and also purchase for my sons pup who also has no problems. See the following from the Pet expertise site: Antlers from Pet Expertise are the best quality: As antlers for dog chews are getting more popular and difficult to source, some other antler chew sellers are offering low quality, old, chalky, antler that is likely to splinter and crack. Other sellers offer antlers that are split down the center which can cause the antler to dry out quickly and become brittle. Rest assured that Pet Expertise antler is grade A, fresh antler from the USA only and will continue to be!
    My personal experience with this seller is positive and the antlers are Grade A.

    • says

      @Cheryl, thank you so much for your comment. While I cannot use antlers as a supplement or chew toy with our guide dog puppies in training it may be something I try with my own pet dogs. Overall I’ve heard mostly positive feedback about deer antlers for dogs, but after I received the message from this blog post I became hesitant about the product. Thanks again for sending us this information.

  3. Peggy and Dee says

    Just to add some information, GDD where I am raising my puppy from right now, says they are fine for the dogs and they are great chew toys. They have no problem with us giving them to our dogs. Have had no sick dogs or any other problems. They even used them in a gift exchange and a new puppy got one and no one had the nerve to steal it from the puppy. GDD had no problem with this at all. I would keep giving them to my dog and pet dogs as well, but they don’t really like them that much.

    • says

      Thanks for letting us know about your experience with GDD. We were told not to let our guide dog pups chew on the antlers, but I may still try them with my personal pets.

  4. JoAnna says

    I just read your “deer antler” info and I am wondering if the elk antlers I have been giving my dogs are safe? THEY SIMPLE LOVE THEM AND I HAVE NOT NOTICED ANY SIDE EFFECTS. Thanks and Happy New Year!

    HuGs,JoAnna

    • says

      @JoAnna Thanks for sharing your experience. We had heard antlers in general, but we’ve already heard from a few readers that they have not had any problems with the
      antlers they’ve used w/ their dogs. Check out some of the other comments on the blog.

  5. Janice says

    My dogs love the antler chews, however you have to be very careful about the ones you buy. If they show cracks they are old and the dogs can devour them all at once and they come right through them in hard white stools.

    • says

      @Janice, Thank you so much for giving us a little bit of a heads up on purchasing the antler chews. We still haven’t tried them, but all the advice we’ve been receiving will definitely help us if we decide to move forward and get some antlers for our dogs.

  6. says

    One of my dogs is a Miniature Australian Shepherd who loves to chew. Thankfully she only chews her toys. But, we have gone through a lot of toys. Enter the elk antler. She loves it. There is a guy in Colorado who makes furniture from Elk antlers. His Aussie started chewing on the chairs. So he took the larger left over pieces and gave those to his dogs. Now they have a great little side business selling them. You can purchase new, or slightly weathered, depending on your dogs chewing habits.
    My dogs love chewing elk or deer antler. We live in Utah, so antler is very easy to come by. Torrey’s teeth are very clean, and Roxy, the pom/chi even has great teeth. She would never ever chew anything hard before and her teeth needing cleaning last year. Expensive.
    Extremely old antler would not be good for any dog, but newer or brand new is great. They have minerals in them that are good for dogs too.

  7. Isolazy says

    There are many differences in antlers mainly between species, the age of the antler, and the animals diet. That being said, whitetail, mule deer, and elk are the most common I’ve seen but also all over in my area. My dogs prefer the elk which are also larger and have a lot of marrow which can cause upset stomachs from the rich marrow especially in pups or even adults who are sensitive or allowed to eat too much and the split or sliced/button antlers leave easy access to the marrow.

    I try to only use less than a year old naturally shed antlers as they are hard without being overly aged and cracked. Also be sure to get a bone large enough or even slightly too large as most problems come from the dog having something too small that they can try to break and either get a sharp edge or damage their teeth trying to break it to get at the marrow.

    The large diameter ones though do not allow this and also force the dog to just wear it down very gradually nicely cleaning their teeth in the process. Properly sized are more expensive but they are much safer and last a lot longer.

    I’ve also ordered from antlerchews.com in the past but it looks like are not taking any new customers right now which tells me they would rather make less money than offer an inferior product.

    • says

      @lsolazy, thank you for your response! That’s some great information on the different kind of antler chews available. We’re going to take a close look at all the different antlers available when we attend this years pet expo. We plan on asking lots of questions before making any purchases. Also, that’s very interesting that antlerchews.com is no longer taking new customers.

  8. says

    Our 7month old rescue mutt chews through Nylabones & toys at an alarming rate- most toys don’t last 20 minutes. We have good luck with the original Kong but she’s only interested in them if there’s a treat inside. For us, the deer antler has been a bargain simply because we’ve had it for months, it doesn’t smell up the house like a bone, isn’t sloppy like a bully and she loves it. She also hasn’t had diarrhea or any other gastro issues. So happy our pet shop introduced it to us!

    • says

      @Sari, thanks for your deer antler review! I’m hoping to find some high quality antlers for dogs at this years Orange County Pet Expo.

  9. Melanie says

    I have given my dog deer antlers before. He loves them. He has NEVER gotten sick from them, they do not make a mess in my house, and he is content for hours on end. Rex is a Border Collie/Black Lab mix so he is a destructive chewer if he doesn’t have something strong in front of him. Sure the cost seems a bit steep, but they last for months! The Nylabones around here (PEI CANADA cost about 10 bucks. This antler I just bought him was 16, but the antler is natural, the Nylabone not. His last antler last him 5 months. I can not find ANY other chews that last even remotely that long. Any toy from a store would be destroyed in minutes!
    I buy his antlers at a local pet supply store. I know the owner, and he knows where his product comes from, so I trust it isn’t tainted.
    You really need to try these antlers! They are AMAZING!

    • says

      @Melanie, the antler lasted 5 months! That’s awesome! My labs are heavy chewers and I’m going to see if I can find some high quality antlers for my dogs at the upcoming OC Pet Expo. Thanks for the review!

  10. Melissa says

    My greyhound/lab is currently (very happily) chewing on his first antler. He is the kind of dog who will eat through any rawhide or bone very quickly, which leaves me scared to give him any of those for fear of the danger and negative side effects. I read that a good-quality antler will grind down instead of chunk off. He also has some food allergies, is not interested in getting food out of a Kong or similar toy, and is a neurotic who likes to eat his feet/leg when lonely. I am very excited to see how he does with the antler. He’s been gnawing on it for a bit now, and I don’t see any marks yet–usually he’d have gotten a chunk off any bone at this point. I ordered several (bulk discount) from PetExpertise on Friday night, with FREE shipping, and here they are in Monday’s mail!!! Hopefully they will live up to the hype. I also ordered a product called “Himalayan Hard Cheese,” but I didn’t try that yet, as I was too excited to give him the antler :)

    • Melissa says

      Let me just say that he is now taking a break from chewing it and napping with it between his legs, his head resting on it. Obviously it’s a big hit.

      • says

        @Melissa, that sounds great. Thank you for telling us about your experience with deer antlers for your dog. I’m waiting until the OC Pet Expo to see if I can’t find a high quality antler at on of the product booths.

  11. ES says

    My dogs loves her deer antler chew. We got it from a local organic deer farm, so I am not concerned about the source being unsafe or anything. The best way to find a source is to ask around at your local farmers market.

    We have had no problems with the deer antler chew other than I should have bought a smaller one for her. They don’t make a mess, don’t smell and the dogs will always come back to them. And good for dogs with sensitive tummies.

  12. dot says

    I am concerned about the ” wasting disease” that has been reported over the last few years about deer herds especially in the Northwest states. Would that disease carry over to the dogs that chew on the antlers possibly from one of those deer?

    • says

      @dot, I don’t know too much about the “wasting disease”. I’m going to see if my vet knows anything about the disease and any problems it might cause with antlers for dogs.

  13. says

    I am the owner of a dog boutique that specializes in antlers for dogs. Antler dog chews are a great, great dog treat chew bone for dogs and puppy’s but there are some guidelines you would want to follow. ONLY buy from a company that buys from antler suppliers in the United States. In my expierence, elk are better
    then deer, they last longer and they don’t really splinter or split. If buying
    your antlers online, try to find a site with some reviews of that retailers antlers.
    If this is the first time you are purchasing from that retailer, email them, see
    if the retailer responds and is knowledge about the products. The retailer should
    be able to suggest the proper size and density for the type and size dog or puppy
    you have. I have been selling high quality elk antlers dog treats for years and
    years and the only issues I have seen causing stomach issues is when a dog with
    a sensitive stomach has an antler with too much marrow inside. With a puppy or
    even a dog with stomach issues, I would advise asking your vet first but speak
    to the retailer about it. I personally choose the antler that fits the dog and
    the dog’s situation. I would never give a high density, dark marrowed antler to
    a new puppy or a older dog with a sensitive stomach. If you can stick to some
    guidelines and try one out, you will be pleasantly surprised and probably hooked.
    It’s the only dog treat out there that you actually get your money’s worth.

    • says

      @Antlers for dogs, thanks for the information on elk and deer antlers for dogs. As I’ve mentioned I’m going to check out the antlers for dogs at our upcoming Orange County Pet Expo and every bit of information helps. Now I have a better idea of what to ask the retailers when checking out the different pet product booths.

  14. says

    Also, check out moose antlers, I saw them at my last show and they looked great. But they may be too hard on dog’s teeth, not sure. It’s worth investigating. I would stay away from deer.

  15. Jennifer says

    If you can not make a dent into the chew toy with your thumb nail it is too hard and WILL break there teeth. I am a veterinary tech, and I have seen lots of dogs who have chewed on bones, antlers, hooves, nylon bones, etc with broken teeth. A dogs jaw bones and muscles are stronger than their teeth, and if what you give them to chew on is too hard, they will break there teeth.

    If you do not believe me check out the AVDC (American Veterinary Dental College) website: http://www.avdc.org/carefordogs.html

    quote ” Dogs are carnivores – they chew on bones in the wild. However, AVDC does not recommend cow hooves, dried natural bones or hard nylon products because they are too hard and do not mimic the effect of a dog tearing meat off a carcass. These hard products are associated with broken teeth or damaged gums.”

    • Corinne says

      I actually searched for dear antlers for dogs because as a Christmas present my dad gave my 8 month old Shih Tzu some deer antlers. Within a day or so she was throwing up. This continued for two days. I took the antlers away and no more throwing up! I don’t really think it was a coincidence, but it might have been. But the idea that antlers may cause stomach upset in young dogs certainly makes sense from our experience.

      • says

        @Corinne, thank you for telling us about your experience with your deer antlers. A lot of these comments now have me leaning towards not trying the antlers with my dogs. However, one of my friends recently told me that she has deer antlers for her dogs that they have not really played with/chewed on and asked if I wanted to take them home with me…maybe not now…

  16. kay says

    My Black Lab had extensive stomach issues and vomiting after chewing an antler with quite a bit of marrow. He was sick for days and I would never risk it again or recommend the feeding of antlers to anyone with a dog. He couldnt eat anythiing and the emergency vet said it was the antler.

    • says

      @kay, that’s terrible! Thanks for sharing. I hope your dog is feeling better. I’ve heard a lot of good reviews on the antlers for dogs, but the bad reviews really worry me and make me very hesitant to trying them. I’d rather avoid the emergency vet then try a new type of chew toy.

  17. Callie says

    We’ve always bought Elk Antlers for our hounds. We get them from bestbullysticks.com because they have the best prices. I’ve always been told Elk Antlers are great chews for aggressive chewers because they are the most dense antler. But I think with any type of new protein source, a dog can’t have to too much, and they need to be monitored with any sort of large treat like this. I think they’re WONDERFUL! You just have to be a responsible dog parent. =)

    • says

      Hi Callie,

      Thank you so much for letting us know about your experiences with Elk Antlers. That’s interesting to know that they are the most dense antler. I’ll check out bestbullysticks.com.

      Thanks again for the information!
      Colby

  18. says

    My husband makes treats out of his deer antlers for our Labs. The antler chews are one of their favorite toys, but they do tend to splinter after being gnawed on for a couple days. I usually take it away from my dogs once they’ve started eating it down.

    • says

      Hi Kim,

      That sounds interesting. How does your husband make treats out of the deer antlers? Some of our friends say it takes months for their dogs to get through their deer antlers.

      Thanks,
      Colby

    • says

      That is why I always recommende elk antlers over deer antlers. Elk last much longer and don’t usually split and they don’t splinter at all.

  19. says

    Hey all! This comment arrives a bit late, but I just found the site and wanted to chime in. I am the owner of Mountain Dog Chews (www.mountaindogchews.com), a boutique distributor of Grade A+ elk antler chews. I agree with everything that Doggie Diva (nice to meet you, BTW!) states above. Although we are new on the scene, I’ve spent my life with dogs and antlers by virtue of my interests in the great outdoors.

    By FAR, I prefer elk antler over any over species of cervids (whitetail deer, mule deer, red stag, etc.), as the antler material offers optimal density — which makes for a chew that is durable, but also more safe. Elk chews actually are LESS dense than other antler chews as its outer-structure / marrow ratio is much lower. By contrast, most deer antlers are incredibly hard throughout (think jawbreaker hard), while lacking much in the way of core marrow. I have found that such other antler offerings carry too high a risk of causing slab fractures (Ouch! I can’t imagine the pain of a broken tooth…) for me to feel comfortable offering them to our dog, much less endorsing them to the market through Mountain Dog Chews. Too, although all antlers are less likely to splinter as compared to cooked meat bones, elk (and moose, also) chews can be virtually worry-free from splintering (if processed correctly and sized appropriately), while deer antlers may readily snap or crack when at the mercy of a voracious chewer – to me, personally, it’s an an apples to oranges comparison.

    If you’ve indulged me this far, I’ll point out one other thing (well, a couple of related things) to keep in mind when considering ANY antler chew from ANY brand/store… First, (until I saw shenanigans firsthand, I had assumed the following would be a GIVEN in conducting business (unfortunately it’s not, and it’s a huge issue)) make sure you know what you’re buying! That is, there is rampant misinformation in this particular market – it’s audacious, in fact. By analogy, if one was a seller of sacks of “dog food,” generically stated, I could find myself purchasing anything from horse meat to top-shelf, small-batched organic kibble that rivals what I, myself, eat for dinner! Frankly, folks who are tossing chalk white low-grade antlers in a bag/box and simply stamping them “antlers for dogs” are doing a grave dis-service to the pet industry. …Namely owing to:

    (i) safety issues associated with passing off weathered white, often-cracked, Grade B/C/D shed antlers as suitable, when in fact such chews are prone to splintering, devoid of the same nutritional benefits found in fresh, brown Grade A+/A chews, and, in a worst case scenario, a hazard to our pups. More to this in pt (ii); however, the takeaway is: do not settle for junk. Awhile ago, I ran into a gent who told me that he sold “antlers” and as “antlers are antlers, what you get is what you get…” There was no care or differentiation as between deer v. elk, and certainly no concern regarding antler grade. We all should expect more, generally speaking.

    and…

    (ii) a general lack of knowledge as to the commodity aspects of the shed antler market (from which antler chews are derived). In a nutshell, there is a market for every type of antler, and within each market, there exists a somewhat subjective (albeit time-proven) “grading” system. As a rule of thumb, chews made from deer sheds are significantly less costly (to the manufacturer, note) than elk antler chews. Moreover, with respect to grading, the lower the grade, the significantly less costly (again, to the manufacturer, note). For sake of example, consider the following grading scale (used w/r/t elk sheds):

    Grade A+: I would wager that less than 5% of ALL antlers could meet these criteria. This grade of antler historically was reserved for craft and artisan use (chandeliers, premium furnishings, etc.), as these antlers are THE cream of the crop, hand-selected, fresh, recently-dropped brown antler (local foliage may affect the color and weight a bit, but these are the BEST). These are the only grade of antler we use, and suffice it to say that the value of such antlers greatly exceeds the value of 99%+ of each year’s stock allocated to antler dog chews. As for dog chews, our mandate for only Grade A+ results in a chew with the most aroma (insanely attractive to your dog, but not noticeable to humans), and the highest available moisture content (which makes such chews extremely palatable to all sizes and ages of dogs). As a supplier, this unfortunately means that when we hand-select, say, 20,000lbs for our brand, our actual per-pound yield is a pittance of our competitors’. For the consumer, however, our “Mammoth Chews” often top two pounds, whereas a “Jumbo,” “Monster” or “XL” chew from others will be half-price, but only a few ounces and nary the size (honestly, for better or worse, we are selling “small” antler chews that are priced the same, but rival brand “Z’s” “extra-large” chewz – wow). The Mountain Dog Chews brand admittedly isn’t for everyone; however, we confidently contend that we offer the best that money can buy, and I’ll stand behind that. As far as we can assess, we are the SOLE brand committing (and paying top dollar for) this Grade A+ caliber of product for dog chews. Time will tell as to whether you and the markets will recognize our investment. ;) Hypothetical financials: Naked acquisition cost to the brand = ~$20+/pound. Average yield = ~2 pieces per pound. Average retail price per chew = ~$14. Average gross margin = ~$8/pound.

    Grade A: These chews are derived from fresh, brown antler sheds, and represent the top ~10 – 15% of antlers each year. Essentially, only quality, current-year sheds will make up these chews. Furthermore, they are, but for our Grade A+ classification noted above, among the best of the best – and such chews should represent the minimum benchmark for your expectations when purchasing antler chews. Currently, I HONESTLY know of only two other suppliers in America that will give you true Grade A antler chews (we are not affiliated with either). So, if you want antler chews that actually are derived from current-year sheds and that contain the beneficial minerals touted, then demand that your supplier or retailer give a representation as to grade quality (if not our A+, then at least A). Hypothetical financials: Naked acquisition cost to the brand = ~$15/pound. Average yield = ~2.5 pieces per pound. Average retail price per chew = ~$12. Average gross margin = ~$15/pound.

    Grade B: Grade B currently constitutes the bulk of the so-called “high end” antler chew brands you’ll find online, etc. And, friends, that is not saying much (notwithstanding that we have two lower tiers yet to discuss!). If you have attended any major U.S. pet industry trade show within the past twelve months, Grade B represents, with a single exception, the antler chews exhibited. Grade B is commonly known as “hard white” within our shed hunting community. These antlers typically are one or two years old, and most likely will be significantly dried out, bleached white from weather exposure, and usually will have some degree of rodent chewing (ground squirrels, marmots, etc.) on portions thereof. They don’t call these “hard whites” without reason…! The largest, entrenched distributors in the pet industry peddle thousands of pounds each day, unfortunately, thanks to mis-information and good marketing… Will your dog care? Probably. Should WE care? Undoubtedly. Hypothetical financials: Naked acquisition cost to the brand = ~$10/pound. Average yield = ~3.5 pieces per pound. Average retail price per chew = ~$10. Average gross margin = ~$25/pound.

    Grades C and D: We’ll lump these two categories together, as even under the best of circumstances, these are (quote me!)… J – U – N – K. Please, treat your dog with a pig ear or a bully stick rather than opting for these lowest-grade antler chews. For your dog’s safety and health, if Grade A+ or A brown antler chews don’t suit your budget, don’t waste your money, when other good alternatives are available. These sub-prime Grades of chews are easily recognizable, and unfortunately can be found under a couple of established brands TODAY on the shelves of one the largest big-box pet retailers, as well as, to my personal disappointment as an authentic sportsman, on the shelves of one of America’s largest retailers of fly-fishing tackle, outdoors clothing and other “quality” gear… These sub-prime Grades of antler chews are comprised of antlers that have had (best case) several seasons of sun, wind and rodent exposure and/or (more typically) many years of sun-baking such that one may actually scratch off from surfaces white powder(!), and in any event have lost enough moisture such that you will notice cracking within the crystalline structure of the antler if you look closely (note: often you needn’t inspect closely, as the chew will more resemble a small piece of weathered coral than a wholesome best-in-class dog treat). These sub-prime Grades will easily crumble and splinter, and I can’t imagine that any self-respecting dog lover would knowingly provide this type of chew to his or her pup or support in any manner the folks perpetuating said brands’ acceptance. Again, expect more (much more)! Hypothetical financials: Naked acquisition cost to the brand = ~$5/pound. Average yield = ~4.5 pieces per pound. Average retail price per chew = ~$8. Average gross margin = ~$31/pound. (Yikes, it’s good to be a bottom feeder, eh?!?)

    So, there you have it – our $0.02! Given the above, it is CRITICAL that people (whether at the consumer-level or the big-box-retailer-level) demand to know what they are getting – AND to make sure they are getting what they have paid for in terms of value and quality / product integrity and safety (…and without regard solely to profits – as anything worth doing is worth doing only with excellence).

    Best regards,
    Corey
    Founder, MountainDogChews.com
    Questions? Bark at me: topdog@mountaindogchews.com

  20. says

    I bought a deer antler for my dog, who is cutting teeth. He kind of played around with it, but now he carries it around. I’d never heard of them until I went into a chain pet supply store and I thought I’d try it. I imagine it’s low quality. I don’t normally buy my dogs low quality. I’m glad I saw this article. My dog’s first reaction must’ve been, “meh”. As concerns for diarrhea, I am thinking it might be the extra magnesium in the bone. Magnesium is a human laxative, and it’s present in bone matter. I might not buy him another one. He’s not too crazy about it. He usually chews things up pretty quick, rawhide is gone in a half an hour. He doens’t have anything to chew right now, so he’s carrying around the antler. I am kind of concerned about it being too narrow, and he swallowing it, and choking. At night I pick it up. My other dog is a miniature schnauzer, age 7 and she doesn’t even take an interest in it. The nylon bone is coming apart, but this is my second dog to chew on it. It’s several years old. He loves his Extreme Kong toy. I’m sticking with that.

  21. says

    We sell number 1 – prime a brown “natural shed” ONLY. If antlers lay on the ground for any period of time prior to gathering, they will collect bacteria and parasites. Once this happens the antlers are sold and then cleaned with chemicals. Some turn white or grey because of the deterioration from weather as well. This will make them weak, and prone to splinter. When purchasing antlers it is important to know where and how they were sourced. We have not had any reports of digestive issues with antlers, however, I would never be on board with Mary Sunshine chewing on a toxic plastic toy or rawhide. As with any products you purchase, they are not all the same quality and you get what you pay for. . .

  22. Jennifer says

    We recently adopted a one year old boxer/pit bull/ german shepherd/beagle mix from our local animal services and have been frustrated with toys. She seems to be a very aggressive chewers and has destroyed every toy within 1 or 2 days. Several people have recommended the antlers to us. I finally broke down and purchase her one today and have been extremely pleased. We even left her alone in the house, not in her crate, when we had dinner with a neighbor and for a change she did not get into anything, she was busy chewing on her antlers. I would highly recommend them to a pet owner with an aggressive chewer, like our little girl.

    • says

      Hi Jennifer,

      Thank you for rescuing your dog from the animal shelter. That’s great that the antlers work so well as a chew toy for your dog. I’ve noticed my dogs haven’t been as aggressive with their chewing recently, but I’d still like to give the deer or elk antlers a try. Maybe we’ll get some for Christmas. :)

      Take care,
      Colby

  23. Robert says

    Yeah…Nylabones that are made in China – I bet those contain all kinds of good stuff (Huge amount of sarcasm.) I’ll stick with the antlers – the diarrhea hasn’t “kicked in” for my pup.

  24. Beth says

    Our 4 month old Lab loves her deer antler. We bought it from our Vet and the packaging said it was certified to be from the USA and without any chemical or other preservatives. We bought a larger sized antler because the vet told us it is pretty indestructible, and we paid $18.00 for it. Honestly, it is the best purchase we have made since we brought her home. It may have been more expensive for one chew toy, but it is much less than all the money we spent trying to find one she liked. It is the only bone she has ever chewed for more than 5 minutes. She turned up her nose at every other chew toy (including natural and flavored Nylabones). She has not had any physical problems, and she has stopped chewing on everything else in our home. I’m so glad we found it!

    • says

      Hi Beth,

      Wow! That sounds like it was a great investment. I’m glad your puppy is enjoying it. I’ve had plenty of 4 month old puppies and to have something for them to chew on for more than 5 minutes is a god send. I may have to get a few antlers for my next puppy. Thanks for sharing your experience!

      Take care,
      Colby

  25. Kelly Dee says

    As I write this my 9 month old puppy is spending the next two nights recovering from surgery because she had a piece of antler stuck in her small intestine. Do NOT use!!! My baby could have died. She is a 75 lb pit mix, not a small dog. BEWARE!!

    • says

      Hi Kelly,

      I am so sorry for what you are going through with your puppy. But antlers are not dangerous if you get the proper size and the right type. When an antler gets to the point where your dog could possibly swallow it, then it should be thrown away and a new one should be given. Good quality antlers and elk, should not break apart and pieces are usually never consumed. If your puppy was able to break off a piece and swallow it, then that was not a good antler. Either it was deer or not a whole antler but a piece or the antler was so old that it just broke, which rarely happens. At any rate, it is horriable to have to go through something like this I am sure but honestly, a dog can get anything lodged in their stomach, so can a person.

  26. James says

    While I am like most people and attempt to garner my information from multiple sources, I felt compelled to reply to this as I stumbled across it. The email mentioned above claims Nylabones a s rawhides as occasional treats. Rawhides are one if the worst things to give your dog. In order to get them I to that state, they are treated with a chemical that contains trace amounts of arsenic and then are bleached. While the final process kills off the arsenic in theory, I am in no way comfortable giving my animal something that once contained arsenic. Further, per multiple easy to find reports from vets (I encourage you to ask your about rawhides), they are horrible for your dog and not easily digestible. If you truly care about your animal, remove rawhides from their stable if treats.

    The same goes for Nylabones. Dogs can easily break pieces off and they too are chemical laden. Why give you furry friend something that could kill them slowly over time or cause medical issues.

    Go natural. It’s simpler and cheaper then you think. Sweet potatoes dehydrated into think chips are incredibly good for dogs. Beef trachea stuffed with other meats are great when given frozen. Last for about thirty to sixty minutes. I personally use antlers. The article above suggests not using because it could potentially remove venison as a protein source down the road. There are multiple other types of proteins used in QUALITY dog foods that can be substituted. Fish, chicken, lamb, and duck are all available types in brands such as Blue Buffalo and Orijen.

    Deer antlers bought from a reputable source are indeed good for your animal. They are softer then the weight bearing beef bones that wear down and chip their teeth but yet are extremely popular in pet stores (where did the idea ever come from that a bone uses to support at 1000lb cow in its leg is a good idea for a dog to chew???). Antlers are soft enough that teeth do not wear down from chewing. Dogs love them a chewing outlet. I agree that I would not touch the ones from overseas. Lets support our own economy and buy from local suppliers. There are great companies that sell them here. I can’t think if any names off the top if my head, but the brand sold at Petsmart and Pet Valu are American and 100% natural. I believe both are harvested from she’s Montana deer antlers (hence the price, the are collected by hand).

    I hope this article helps someone. I apologize for the long winded rant, but I felt compelled to respond.

  27. says

    A note on Moose antlers. I have always sold elk, my husband recently went to Alaska and brought back Moose for me to test out. We tested it on our own puppy a few times and here are the results… The Moose while tasted very good, there were white particles all over our carpet and we also tested the Moose with a larger dog and the same thing happened. That doesn’t usually happen with elk.

    Also, I was an an industry tradeshow a few weeks ago, I have been looking for a new antler supplier. I always like to make sure I am getting the best and biggest antlers for my customers. I found a lot of crap and some great ones. The ones I found that were great were Grade A, and that is what you want to look for. You can tell by the color of the antler on the outside, it is more rich in color, has a yellow/brown color, not washed white.

  28. S Foster says

    Antlers are the value priced chew.

    Although they are pricey up front, they last months.

    My dog can gnaw a Nylabone to the unsafe “rice” stage in one evening.
    Bones, rawhide, and Bulli sticks are smelly and messy and inevitably end up ingested.
    And none lasts more than a few days.

  29. ezoak says

    My 2 dogs love antlers. Soak them in water for a few hours . If they are dirty put in a small amount of bleach then soak them again. Take a hack saw and cut them to a good size for your pup. I find my own in the woods in the spring, Look to ebay for some at a better price.

  30. Dave says

    I’d much rather have my dog chewing a natural substance then the chunk of plastic that Nylabone and Hartz offers. This review comes off as someone with a sponsor to me. Knocking a great product to push some commercial product. All my dogs have used antlers with no issues.

    • says

      Hmmm…that’s interesting. I never really thought that might be the reason why our guide dog school no longer allows the deer antlers for our dogs, but you could be correct that it has to do with sponsorship. The dogs we train belong to the school so we have to abide by their rules. We are also not allowed to give our dogs tennis balls or frisbees.

      By the way, this blog post was not sponsored. There are a few affiliate links in the post which have been highlighted.

  31. Neil says

    My lab has been vomiting for several hours after 2 hours of chewing on an elk antler, made in USA, high quality etc etc. Never again!

    • says

      Neil -
      We regularly follow posts here at Puppyintraining, as the community and Colby offer awesome and educational content. I can’t believe that ten months have passed since I last posted (here, above, in fact). In any event, I felt compelled to reach out to you, as (i) I’ve always had Labs (until my Chocolate boy passed and our family made the crazy decision to try our hand at rearing the Vizsla), and (ii) having treated my Labs to antler chews since I was young, and owning now Mountain Dog Chews (a national retail and wholesale brand of Grade A elk antler chews), I am sincerely interested in the gastro issues your Lab experienced today.

      As a dog owner, I’ve never experienced anything like that, and, as a biz owner, we’ve never had any of our customers’ dogs suffer any ill effects whatsoever. I hate that your Lab is ill, and I hate to hear that your presumably first experience with an antler chew coincidentally was negative. Are there any details you could share with us? That is, while, as some folks above have suggested, it’s possible for rich marrow to upset a puppy’s tummy (not unlike our new Vizsla’s reaction to switching over to a super-high-protein Orijen kibble), vomiting is not something to take lightly. Do you know whether your Lab actually ingested pieces of antler? Did you notice anything peculiar looking about whatever antler chew you purchased (e.g., “funky,” dirty end or an odor)? Hope your Lab feels better soon (keep him hydrated — and, in any event, **don’t rule out a stomach virus**)!

      Once your dog is well, I’d be happy to provide you a sample chew. Quality antler chews are veritable God-sends for heavy chewers such as Labs, Vizslas, etc.!

      Kind regards,
      Corey
      Founder, MountainDogChews.com
      Questions? Bark at me: topdog@mountaindogchews.com

    • says

      Hi, I just saw the post about your dog. Vomiting is never fun but dogs are like humans, not every single thing they eat is going to agree with them. Your dog could have a sensitivity to the marrow or possibly the antler had something on it that made him or her sick. Once in a while you do come across a dog that gets sick from a certain treat but this is not the majority of dogs, only a small handful. I have personally been selling these for years and giving them to my own dogs. I have maybe seen 2-3 dogs over 6 years get sick while chewing on an antler. Vets recommend them, they are a great, natural product.

      • says

        Also, when my own dog was a puppy, she was getting sick a lot. We would give her all sorts of things to chew on including antlers and she was vomiting often. We stopped antlers and other things and realized she had intestinal parasites instead. Once those were treated, we re-introduced antlers and other treats slowly and she was totally fine. It is very rare that an antler would be the cause of this. In our case we thought it might be but it wasn’t.

  32. Crysti says

    I just found this page, and I am grateful for all the information, in the original post and the following comments. My once puppy is now 10 years old, and I have a new Pyre/Boxer shelter baby and an AKC GSD coming home the end of next month. I know Nylabones can cause intestinal blockage (Never used them when I fostered, my chow had huge issues though when she chewed them) but was looking into antlers. Rawhide rolls, even though not ingested, just mostly chewed, still gave her loose stool. While they are babies, I will be using bully sticks now (Because they smell) but know I will likely need something a bit more durable as they age.
    So, it looks like Elk may be the way to go, maybe split at first for the marrow to entice them? What age to start introducing antler though?
    (Kong puppy toys are awesome though!)

    • says

      I would say I would maybe wait until baby teeth fall out to start on antlers. You can start before but maybe with a split or a softer antler (a good retailer should be able to pick on of those out for you). Once they get the taste of the center, then graduate to a regular one. My own puppy didn’t really get interested in the antlers until about 6 months, now she can’t get enough of them. Good luck and elk are the way to go, in my opinion!

  33. Lolly says

    I’m so glad I found this article. I’d heard so many good things about antlers I bought some for our IRWS. They can pretty much destroy any toy within 10 minutes so the fact that the antlers ‘grind down’ for the marrow really appealed. They are now, however in the bin.

    Our female was showing some discomfort and distress so we took her to the vet…and x ray showed a splinter of bone lodged in her tummy. antler bone doesn’t break down like more traditional bones given to dogs so, as far as we know, its still in there and causing her random discomfort and pain. The vets decided not to operate to remove it as at could cause more problems.

    I’ve also heard of a beagle who was bleeding when going to poo because of scratching and damage caused by a sliver of antler.

    These weren’t cheap and were bought from reputable suppliers.

  34. Peg says

    Great info. We got some deer antlers from a hunter in Virginia. He cut off the sharp or cracked places. We have a tuff chewer – a 2 yr. old Rottweiler puppy who destroys everything within about 30 minutes. The antlers seem to be a great choice for her. She loves them, and they last a long time. She has had no side affects, but she has broken off some small pieces, so we monitor her as we do with all her toys. It may not be good for the teeth if dogs are left to chew on them too often and for too long a period of time.

  35. Tanya says

    i found this site, because i bought a $20 made in the u.s.a. antler (the brand is “blue sky”) for my 6 year old pitbull. he eats anything & everything. i was looking for something healthy that would last & i happily buy my guy the top of the line food/treats. i liked that it was organic & sustainable. he’s an aggressive chewer so i gave him the antler, took it away after a few hours, returned it to him the next day, & he threw up. when i took him for a walk, he started crying while passing his excrement. i took a look at the antler & noticed that there were 2 tiny pieces of the bone & they were like razors. antlers may be fine for some dogs, but they’re not for mine.

  36. says

    American Antler Dog Chews. In Griffith Indiana has all the kinds of antler you can choose from. Mostly deer and elk. They are both great for dogs and are reasonably priced.

  37. Byrds Owner says

    I have given my lab pup a deer antler but I get it organically. where I live there is a lot of bucks. So after a certain part of the year I just go and find all that I can, the ones I don’t give my dog go right into the freezer to last a little longer After ALL of them have gone into the oven at 400 for 5 min. I even have friends who hunt and give the antlers to me. So I am never in short supply.
    only down side is. my pup can go threw a 8 point rack in 4 days. So they last longer then any other bone.

  38. Angie says

    When I was in vet school, we saw MANY dogs with issues due to antlers. Three-root molars cracked, regular molars shattered yet still in the gum, torn up gums, and many more dental and mouth issues. That doesn’t even include the list that we kept in regards to gastrointestinal problems (vomitting, colon perfs, etc.).

    While antlers may seem like a wise choice as it is cost-effective, etc., but your dog’s health and well-being should matter more. Drop an antler on concrete, or better yet, throw it onto concrete. See what happens to the concrete and the antler. Now…do you want your dog chewing on that?

    Dogs are not required to chew on anything to be happy, etc. If your dog is causing issues with chewing on inappropriate objects, there are many other options. Train your dog and give your dog something to do. Exercise your dog, do not ignore your dog, positive reinforcement, and the list goes on and on. Many dogs that chew are simply bored. It gives them something to do.

    Use common sense, people.

    • Samthedog says

      Why is your comment “When I was in Vet school”. Are you no longer seeing these problems? Or are you no longer pursuing a career in veterinary care?

      Your pose “Dogs are not required to chew on anything to be happy, etc.” neglects the fact that dogs do get dental benefits of plaque removal from chewing.

      Please give a complete explanation of your position. Is it not true that dogs chewing on bones could possibly see some of the same issues? What chews would you recommend for dental benefit?

  39. Mindy says

    I have two mastiffs and two french bullies. I had a hard time finding chews for the Presa. My brother hunts and while he didn’t want to give up his antlers, he ordered me others. The Presa has been carrying them around for weeks. This past week one of my bullies was diagnosed with tick bite paralysis, but when he didn’t recover within the 72 hour time frame he was upgraded to botulism. I am wondering if somehow the antlers are the culprit? My Presa is showing minor signs of hind leg weakness. I guess it’s time to throw them out just in case, but curious to know if anyone has had similar experience?
    I haven’t found any food recalls for botulism, I live in a suberb with six food wood fence, can’t figure out what else they could have come into contact with.

  40. says

    We just boarded a doodle for one week. He stayed in our home due to a medical problem. While here he had his own large bone to chew on but a few times chose one of the antlers we have for the dogs. When he went home the owners discovered a back tooth that was cracked in half. Now this dog is 8 years old but the vet said his teeth were in good shape. Today he is having 3 back teeth extracted because they are all cracked. His vet says that antlers are the WORST thing you can give a dog. So what caused this problem, beef bone or deer antler> Will we ever know?

  41. says

    My husband just recently gave our 5 month old boxer a couple small deer antlers he had in his work shop for a couple of years. Now today we are noticing she is not eating today, Is this related to eating on the antlers? I read in one of your post that they may have too much protein for puppies and maybe upset her stomach.
    I have put them up today until we find out why she not eating.
    Martha

    • says

      How is your puppy Martha? Was it the deer antlers that was making him or her not eat? I always steer people away from deer antler and towards elk, they are better and stronger but marrow is like any other food, most tolerate it, once in a while a dog can’t. But if you love the antlers you can always ask a good retailer to give you an antler that less rich marrow.

  42. Jenna says

    I have a yellow lab puppy who is almost 3 months old. He loves bully sticks but he eats them so quickly that I can’t keep up. I am open to any suggestions but I am nervous about trying antlers especially after reading some people’s personal experiences.

    • says

      Hi Jenna,

      I would maybe wait till your lab’s puppy teeth fall out, and then give one a try. Most dogs do great with antlers, just be careful where you get them. They are a great treat and dogs love them, especially dogs like Labs and other big breeds. Like I have posted here before, antlers for a dog is the same as food for a human. Some can be sensitive to them, most are not. As far as pieces split off and dogs getting hurt from the treat, make sure you get grade A elk antlers that haven’t been sitting out in the woods forever getting dried out, from a reputable retailer, read reviews, and you should be find. Look, any dog can chew any toy or treat and get it go down the dog’s throat, so can humans. But we can’t live in bubbles; antlers have been proven over and over again to be safe.

  43. Patti Tobias says

    I have wondered about antlers, too. My daughter works at a vet, and he doesn’t recommend them. We have had good luck with the Nylabone Hollow Stick. It’s bacon flavored. Even our Weimaraner hasn’t been able to destroy that. You are right about watching out for those things being dropped on your feet! I have many bruises on my toes!

  44. says

    We had bought deer antler for our aggressive chewer, he has loved them. Then I heard about deer antler being used like a steroid by athletes and was researching if they were safe or not, funding this post.

    I beleive they are safe (from my searching, but I have actually had
    some old antlers and had decided to
    cut them up instead of purchasing
    then.

    Here what I did:

    Found 2 old deer racks from my garage. Theses were left from the previous owner of the house and
    appeared to be left over from a hunt, perhaps to later have mounted. They are at least 30 years old, and still had some skin on the skull.

    1) using a saws all, and chop saw, cut then to the appropriate size for your dog. My dog is about 35 lbs, with a smaller medium size mouth and I chose about 4 inches long.

    2) also trim any sharp points off

    3) using a belt sander, smooth all edges to a soft rounding.

    4)Washed them in straight tap water.

    5) covered them in clean water in a sauce pan with a lid and boiled them for about ten minutes.

    6) added 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide and ree boiled watching carefully for boil over (way more likely now).

    7) drain, cool and serve!

    Old antlers are having no splinter issues (I would know with my chewer)

    Good luck!

  45. Becky says

    My cousin has a reindeer farm. All of her reindeer are well taken care, vet checked regularly and have enclosed acreage to roam on. As the antlers fall off they are stored in a clean environment. I have given many of these antlers as gifts to friends dogs. They all love them and none of our furry friends have experienced any kind of sickness except unhappiness when they don’t have one! Make sure you get them from a reliable source! I would do a lot of research on company selling them before I bought an antler from a chain store.

  46. Samthedog says

    I only give my dog fresh sheds that I find in the woods. I would never pay for the store bought ones when I can just train him to help me find chew toys for him in the summer.

  47. Gabby says

    My Chihuahua, Courtney, LOVES her deer antler. I bought it in March for $7.99 from Pet Valu and here we are three months later- she still has more than half left! Exellent chew in my opinion.

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