Dog Antler Chews
Update on “antler bars” – for some time we thought these were a great chew for dogs’ teeth.
However recent information from the British Veterinary Dental Association suggests that we should no longer be recommending these……
The BVDA are unaware of scientific evidence showing a link between dental and soft tissue injury of the mouth in dogs and the use of antler chews. However, many veterinary dentists are reporting that they are seeing fractured teeth as a direct result of chewing on antler bars. In particular, the bottom fourth premolar tooth. Where chews are of comparable, or greater, hardness than the dental tissues and their supporting structures there is the potential for teeth to fracture.
It is clear that some manufacturers would feel that there is a risk of dental trauma and advise close monitoring your pet with these products and recommend taking away the antler chew if the dog is seen to be “bearing down hard”. This is impractical for general pet owners to accurately assess.
Furthermore, the BVDA is unaware of any scientific evidence claiming that antler chews are beneficial for the health of pets’ teeth. In conclusion, the BVDA has reservations about the suitability of antler chews as toys for dogs.