Are antler chews safe for puppies? - Paws & Co Dog Chews

Are antler chews safe for puppies?

It's no question that puppies like to chew. 
Dog parents are always on the search to find some relief from their new fuzzball chewing on the furniture, shoes, and pretty much everything else in site.  But when searching for a bone or chew, how do you choose the right one? Because antler chews are a bone, a lot of dog parents are wondering if antler chews are too hard or not safe to give their new puppy. 

Well, we are here to help answer your questions.

Are antler chews too hard?

To answer that question, it's important to go through the types of antler chews. First - let's talk about moose antler chews. Moose is the softest antler but since they are so soft, they do not last very long and puppies can chew through them faster. On the other side of the spectrum, deer antler chews are the hardest on the market. For this reason, we don't recommend deer antlers for puppies. Finally, we have elk antler chews. They are the perfect happy medium - they are tough enough to be long-lasting but not too tough for your puppy's teeth. All of the chews we offer are elk antler! 

What kind of antler chew is best for puppies? 

We recommend our split antler chews or our dipped antler chews

The split antler chews come from either the base or tines of the elk antler, and then the antler is split into halves or quarters. The split chews are best because your puppy will have access to all of the yummy marrow.

The dipped antler chews are split antlers that are dipped in USA-sourced liver, adding extra yummy flavor for your puppy! They are also slightly softer because of the dipping process.

What age can puppies have antlers?

We recommend puppies 3 months and up can start chewing on antlers. But we do recommend limiting your puppy's chew time to less than an hour per chewing session, to help protect their growing teeth!

Are antler chews good for teething puppies?

Antler chews are a great chewing option for puppies, especially when they are teething. Chewing can help relieve the discomfort of their adult teeth coming through.

At the end of the day, it's up to your discretion as a puppy parent to decide if you want to try giving antlers to your new furry friend. But based on our experience throughout the years, we can say that antler chews are safe for puppies.

Your pet's safety is our top priority, we ask that you always choose the size-appropriate chew for your dog, always supervise your pet during use, and remove the product from your dog when it is worn down to prevent a choking hazard. Antler chews are less likely to splinter than other types of bones; however, it is a natural product. If this does happen, remove immediately from your dog.

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