Antlers are a great option for dogs that love to chew. Antlers can also redirect a destructive dog's chewing efforts to something more appropriate to chew on than their human mom and dad's shoes and furniture. Antlers are also a long-lasting chew treat, and they will last much longer than biscuits and other types of chews. Antlers give your dog an activity to keep them occupied, give them the joy of chewing on something appropriate, and help keep the tartar buildup on their teeth to a minimum. If you are contemplating antlers for your furry friend, the following tips will help you get the right antler and help your dog enjoy their new treat.

Choose the Appropriate Size Antlers for Your Dog

Antlers and other treats that are too small can pose a choking hazard for your dog. If you feed a huge antler to a small dog, he or she may hurt himself or herself on the treat. Choose an antler that is the right size for your dog. If you are unsure what size to choose, most pet stores will have a chart available, or else a sales associate will be able to help you decide. Once the antler is worn down, take the small pieces away from your dog and dispose of them to minimize choking hazards.

Choose the Appropriate Type of Antlers for Your Dog

Did you know there are different types of antlers made for dogs? Antlers for dogs are typically sourced from deer or elk, though you can find antlers from moose, caribou, and other animals. Deer antlers are very dense and very hard; this makes them a very long-lasting chew for your pooch. Elk antlers are not quite as dense or solid and have a spongy inside that your dog can digest, and this makes them attractive. Antlers are also laden with minerals that make them beneficial to your dog. Either type of antler is appropriate for nearly every dog; if you have concerns about your dog and antlers, it's best to ask your vet.

Supervise Your Dog During Antler Sessions

When your dog is having quality time with his favorite antler, it is imperative that you supervise him. Keep chewing sessions short to keep your dog from causing damage to the soft tissue in his mouth. Watch for bleeding and inflammation of the gums. Take the antler away after five to ten minutes, and keep antlers put in a safe place when not in use. You should also familiarize yourself with canine CPR procedures and the number to the local emergency veterinary clinic in case your dog chokes on anything, including toys, treats, and even their regular food.

Look at pet stores in your area to buy antlers for dogs.