This is the question of the day and is the most important one to note. There are several factors to consider when selecting the perfect antler for your dog. When picking the perfect antler for your dog, it is important to note the following to realize all the great benefits antlers have to offer:
1. Breed of dog
2. Age of dog
3. Jaw Size – small delicate to powerful
4. Chew level, powerful or more delicate
5. Weight of dog
The most important thing to keep in mind is never buy an antler that is too small for your dog. Example: An 80lb German Sheppard that is 2 years old should not be given a split antler.
Also, as this is a natural product, every piece of antler is different. The ring of calcification that surrounds the marrow middle will indicate the strength of that antler.
This image shows a very thick white calcified ring resulting in a strong antler which is ideal for a strong chewer.
Like a tree, when the antler grows back year after year, the calcium ring that surrounds the marrows becomes thicker and stronger, providing a much more challenging antler chew. Each piece of antler is unique in the thickness of the calcium ring that surrounds the marrow middle.
So, for the big, young, power chewer, you want to look for a thicker ring of calcium.
For the gentler chewer, you want to look for a much thinner ring of calcium…and those gentle chewers are not necessarily always a small dog (e.g. Jack Russel’s & Dachshund are smaller dogs but also very strong chewers).
If you follow those main key points, you will be very happy with your antlers and keep your furry family members happy, healthy and busy!
As with any dog chew or toy, we always recommend never leaving your pet unattended with the antler and monitor the chew time……everything in moderation.