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Health Benefits of Elk Antlers 

Elk antlers are a the best choice for dog chews due to their durability and natural source of nutrients. Unlike rawhide, which can pose a choking hazard and may be contaminated with bacteria, elk antlers are a safe and healthy option for dogs to chew on.

A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Dentistry found that elk antlers were effective at reducing plaque and tartar buildup on dogs' teeth. The researchers also noted that the elk antlers did not cause any tooth fractures or wear that were commonly observed with other types of chew toys.

Elk antlers are a natural source of calcium, phosphorus, and other minerals that are essential for dogs' bone health. They are also a sustainable option, as they are shed by elk naturally and can be collected without harming the animal.

RISKS OF RAWHIDE
 

One of the main concerns with rawhide is that it can pose a choking hazard. As dogs chew on the rawhide, small pieces can break off and become lodged in their throat or digestive system, causing blockages that can be potentially life-threatening.

 

​ In addition to the choking risk, rawhide can also be contaminated with bacteria such as Salmonella or E. coli, which can cause illness in dogs and humans alike. This is particularly a concern with rawhide that is imported from countries with less stringent safety standards.

 

Another significant risk associated with rawhide is dental damage. Rawhide can be tough and abrasive, and prolonged chewing can lead to tooth fractures, wear, and other dental problems. Additionally, if a piece of rawhide becomes lodged between a dog's teeth, it can cause discomfort or pain, which may lead to oral infections or gum disease.

RISKS OF PLASTIC DOG CHEWS

 

There are concerns that plastic dog toys may be unhealthy due to the presence of chemicals such as BPA and phthalates, which are used in the production of plastic. These chemicals have been linked to various health issues in humans and animals, and studies have found them present in some plastic pet toys.

 

​One study published in the journal Chemosphere in 2016 tested a range of plastic pet toys and found that many of them contained BPA. The study also found that older toys, those made in China, and those with a softer texture were more likely to contain higher levels of BPA.

 

Another study published in the journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research in 2019 tested dog toys and found that some of them contained BPA as well as other harmful chemicals, such as phthalates. These chemicals can be ingested or absorbed by pets through their mouths and skin, potentially leading to health issues.

 

To minimize the risk of exposure to these chemicals, pet owners should consider choosing toys made from natural materials or from BPA-free plastics. They should also monitor their pets while they play with toys and remove any toys that appear to be broken or damaged to prevent their pets from ingesting small pieces of plastic.

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