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Deer antler as chewing toy - does it wear down teeth?

My 7 month old loves to chew ... bully sticks and a favorite marrow bone he's had for ages - he has always chewed with his front teeth as though sharpening his teeth. We've said he's 'chewing like it's his job' and laughed when we hear him in another room grinding the bone down repetitively. Last week I gave him a deer antler (from reputable pet store) which he loved. I don't know if it's my imagination, but it looks like he's filing or grinding his lower front teeth down a little. I never noticed it before with any other chewing bones/toys.

I tossed the deer antler just in case ... has anyone else noticed this with your dog?
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OUch. That must have hurt to toss. They aren't cheap. We have had an elk antler for 6 months or so. I haven't noticed any wear on Jack's teeth but he isn't a heavy chewer. He also switches out his chewies.

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Neither of my havs has been interested in antlers. I wish I could find something other than bullies to switch it out a little.
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Kodi is a big chewer, and LOVES moose antlers. but he has no sign of wear on his teeth from it.


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We have been giving our guys (4 dogs) moose antlers for years. Our vet said they all have good teeth (even though I should brush their teeth more often but thats a whole other story). Vino, the little one (17 weeks) took to moose antlers pretty quickly or he's just like stealing them away from the big dogs they take turns chewing on them.

Probably one of the best chew toys since they last a very long, long, long time. They are pretty expense but worth it. Plus, it keeps them busy.
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Bosco loves his antler, and haven't noticed any wear on his teeth.


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Thanks for the input ... maybe I jumped the gun by tossing the $deer antler$ ... I was fooled a couple of times and my husband was too - maybe his canine teeth are just more pronounced and make the front teeth look smaller. He's still chewing like a mad man on everything else!
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Balls covered in felt (e.g. tennis balls) can wear down dogs' teeth if they chew on them too much - it happened to a friend"s dog. The felt is like sandpaper. -Jeanne-
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Neither of my havs has been interested in antlers. I wish I could find something other than bullies to switch it out a little.
Try soaking them on beef or chicken broth overnight, that makes them more tasty and irresistible. Some even soak them for a week.

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My boys, Porter and Leo, love antlers. My girls, Zoe and Becca, not as much. Leo didn't get into them as much until most of his baby teeth were out and his adult teeth in but really loves chewing on them now.


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