Some dogs love to chew, gnaw, nibble. The supply of dog chew toys is plethoric and too often of poor quality.
In recent years, deer antlers given as chew toys are causing a sensation. They intrigue by their original form. They are sold as natural, ecological alternatives, with a toothbrush effect to fight against tartar and bad breath. Some claim that they fortify the jaws. Some even recommend them to replace more conventional chew toys, for their aesthetic side, and to spare your furniture feet.
Are these new generation natural chew toys really a good idea? Are they safe for your dog?
In fact, you should never give your dog a toy that is not soft enough, or which hardness does not allow you to deform it with nail pressure.
Deer antlers are hard enough to clash brutally when fighting between deer. They are so tough that unscrupulous antler sellers promise you hours of chewing for your dog, which would save you money on buying chew toys.
Let's be clear : Deer antlers are so hard that animal health experts agree that deer antlers should not be given as chew toys to your dog.
In recent years, dental veterinarians have been concerned by the alarming number of dental fractures seen in dogs that had access to deer antlers as chew toys.
The observation is unfortunately always the same: the deer antler does not break, and the pressure exerted by the dog's jaw is such that it causes a fracture of the 4th maxillary premolar (carnivorous), one of the largest teeth in the dog. dog, corresponding to the back teeth of the jaw.
The fracture of the tooth is then the cause of severe pain for your dog (he will not complain at first despite the deterioration of his tooth), and the pulp of the exposed tooth is the cause of '' a dental infection, which requires rapid endocanal care or unfortunately a permanent extraction of the tooth. These treatments, which require anesthesia and specialized equipment, are much more expensive than a gnawing toy. The savings promised by the sellers of deer antlers on the durability of the toy, and on the health of your dog is therefore a lie!
Of course, not all dogs will break their teeth, and many dog owners will tell you that their dog eats deer antlers, without problem. Just as you can drive without a seatbelt and never have an accident.
Despite the benefits that seem to make them the perfect toy, deer antlers are a real danger to your dog. The rule is to avoid giving a toy that is too hard on the teeth. Finally, know that the action against dental plaque of this type of chew toy is minimal, and daily brushing of teeth remains the most effective way to maintain your dog's oral hygiene.
By Benjamin BAYON, Veterinary Doctor
It is our duty to tell you that FURST refuses to sell gnawing toys, no matter how beautiful or environmentally friendly, that are responsible for too many health problems for your dog. We are committed to providing you with high quality natural alternatives from our collection of fun toys for dogs.