Benefits of Antler Chews vs. Other Chews for Dogs


elk antler chews for dogsHave you ever given your dog an antler chew?

dogIDs now carries elk antler chews for dogs in three different sizes. Antler chews are a natural alternative to traditional rawhide chews, and they even last longer.

The following are some of the benefits to antler chews vs. rawhide chews, along with safety tips to keep in mind no matter what type of chew you give your dog.

Benefits of elk antler chews for dogs

Unlike traditional rawhide chews, elk antler chews contain bone marrow, which is very nutritious for dogs since it contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.

The antlers also contain more moisture than most other chews, so they shouldn’t splinter while your dog is chewing.

Elk antlers are a renewable and natural resource. The antlers available through dogIDs are from a certified elk herd raised in Minnesota. When the bulls naturally shed their antlers each year, the antlers are collected and then power washed without chemicals. The elk themselves are even tested annually for diseases, so you know the antlers are safe for your dog.

As a comparison, traditional rawhide chews are typically made from cows and must go through extensive processing.

Elk antler options from dogIDs

elk antler chew tips

dogIDs carries three different sizes of antler chews ranging from 4 inches to 8 inches. If you have an extra small dog, you may also want to check out the elk antler chew tips. These antler tips are the perfect size for the tiniest dogs to chew on.

If you still prefer the rawhide option instead of antlers, check out the natural buffalo rawhide chews from dogIDs. These are made from free-range U.S. buffalo, without chemicals, hormones or antibiotics, so they make a healthy rawhide option for your dog.

Safety tips to keep in mind with all types of chews

Whether you decide to give your dog antler chews or not, you should provide your dog with something to chew on. Not only do most dogs love to chew, but it keeps them busy and helps with keeping their teeth clean.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • No matter what type of chew you give your dog, always supervise, at least for the first few times he chews on something new. It’s important to know your dog’s chewing style. For example, some dogs will try to swallow any type of chew, but most chews are not meant to be swallowed in large chunks. They’re meant to be chewed down.
  • In rare cases, certain types of chews can be choking hazards for certain dogs. This is why it’s important to give your dog a chew that is the appropriate size. For example, you most likely wouldn’t want to give a golden retriever a chew designed for toy-breed dogs.
  • If you have multiple dogs, it’s a good idea to put the dogs in separate rooms when you give them chews. You could also put them in their kennels. This will prevent the dogs from guarding or fighting over their chews.
  • Sometimes bone marrow or even just a different type or brand of chew can give a dog an upset tummy. Try to introduce new products to your dog slowly so his digestive system has some time to adjust.

Do you have any questions about elk antler chews? Let us know in the comments.

About Lindsay Stordahl

Lindsay Stordahl is a blogger for She has a black Lab mix named Ace and two naughty cats named Beamer and Scout. Lindsay owns a pet sitting business called Run That Mutt and also maintains the blog ... Add Lindsay to your Google+ circles at . You can follow Lindsay on Twitter @ThatMutt.


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