My Dog Ate Antler What Should I Do?

Reviewed By Kyoko •  Updated: 05/23/23 •  3 min read
Dog Moderate Toxicity Level
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Dogs love to chew on things and may sometimes choose the wrong thing to chew on. He may decide to chew on the doorframe’s woodwork, your shoes, and more. Some pet parents have turned to giving their dogs antlers, as these seem to keep their fur babies from chewing up other things. But what happens if a dog eats an antler?

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Has your dog eaten an antler? Are you worried that the antler will make your dog sick? If so, you’ve come to the right place. We understand it can be scary when your dog eats something like this.

We’ve gathered information about antlers and whether they can make a dog sick. Let’s get started!

Dog Ate Antler

It is strongly recommended to contact a Pet Poison Helpline or your veterinarian.

What are Antlers?

Antlers are what you would imagine they are—these are the shed antlers that come from various animals. These are treated and used as chew treats for dogs. The antlers can come from several different animals, including:

The antler material is a boney bit that grows on the animal’s head. These are all-natural antlers and can be great for dogs that love to chew. But what happens if a dog eats an antler?

Antlers & Dogs

There’s some disagreement on whether or not antlers are safe for dogs or not. Many experts say dogs may break their teeth when chewing antlers. This can lead to some major dental issues for dogs.

In addition, it is possible for a dog to eat a sharp piece of antler that could tear or puncture the lining of the digestive tract. In addition, it’s also possible for antlers to cause an intestinal blockage. This can be e life-threatening condition if left untreated.

In some cases, if your dog has swallowed a small piece of antler, if the piece is small enough, it may be digested or partially digested and come out in your dog’s poop. However, if you have any concerns or questions, it’s best to call your vet.

Symptoms of Antler Ingestion in Dogs

You may notice these symptoms if your dog has eaten an antler:

If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog, call the vet immediately. This is an emergency.

Treatment of Antler Ingestion in Dogs

The vet may first take x-rays of your dog’s digestive system. The images are done to show where the antler has become stuck in the digestive tract. Depending on where the antler is located, the vet may need to perform surgery to remove it. In addition, the vet will repair any damage the antler may have caused.

The prognosis is best for dogs who receive prompt medical treatment after eating an antler. In the future, you may want to ask your vet for advice on safe alternatives to giving your dog antlers. You’ll both be happier for it!

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Kyoko

Kyoko is from a family of 3 and moved to New York with her parents and siblings when she was 13. Kyoko is fond of spending a great amount of time with pets, specifically her beagle Luna and cat Missy. Her boyfriend often complains that she spends too much time giving attention to their animals. Kyoko has written dozens of articles concerning pets and is aiming at owning a pet shop one day!

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