Deer Antlers can be harmful to your dog’s teeth

Deer antlers harmful to your dog's teeth.There has been an explosion of deer and elk antlers for sale in pet stores. These “super-hard” treats are having a deleterious effect on dog’s teeth.  The most common injury is a  tooth fracture – specifically a fracture of the maxillary 4th premolar tooth, which is one of the most important teeth in the mouth.  The reason why this tooth is being broken at an alarming rate is that  antlers do not give when chewed, and dogs place a  significant force laced between this tooth and the mandibular 1st molar tooth when chewing them.   As these two teeth are pointed, the exaggerated stress placed on these teeth results in a ‘slab fracture’ that can either expose the sensitive dentin underneath the enamel, or even worse,  expose the root canal system, resulting in tooth death.

I recommend you choose VOHC (Veterinary Oral Health Council) chews.  I mention VOHC-approved chews exclusively and there is a reason; these chews have been statistically proven to prevent calculus formation,  and they are not deleterious to your pet’s teeth.  Greenies ( and Veggiedent chews (Virbac) are also VOHC-approved treats and I know many specialists that recommend them, too.  Any one of these will do a very good job.


    • superDoc says

      I stand by my recommendations. As to your comment on Greenies, please read the following, impartial, third party source on this topic from

      For a list of products known to assist in improving oral health, see the VOHC website. (The VOHC® Seal of Acceptance)
      Show me a veterinarian that recommends a product that he or she believes will harm or kill a pet… I do appreciate your participation on our discussion though.
      Dr. Tenney