Elk, Deer, and Moose. What is the best antler chew for my dog?

Chewing is an important part of canine health contributing to stress reduction and healthy gums and teeth. The act of chewing releases endorphins that can help reduce anxiety and frustration in dogs. Antler chews are an all natural, mineral rich option for your dog(s).

The 3 most common antler bearing mammals native to the United States are elk, deer, and moose. Antlers are an equivalent to fingerprints, every antler is unique to that animal, no two are alike. Each species has a different antler composition providing a different kind of chew experience for you dog.

Whitetail Deer

Whitetail is among the densest and hardest of antlers. Whitetail antlers are typically whiter than mule deer antlers. These antlers have a lower marrow ratio and can be a very enduring antler chew. 

Mule Deer

Mule deer are a softer antler in comparison to whitetail. These antlers are comparable in density to elk. Mule deer antlers are often a darker color in comparison to whitetail. Antlers color is caused by genetics, age, environment, and nutrition. So look at your next antler chew, and you'll get to look into the year that animal experienced prior to shedding their antler.


Elk is an overall larger antler in comparison to deer antlers. One antler can weight up to 10 pounds or more! These antlers make great chews for large breed dogs, and they also are a great antler for splitting. Split chews are a great option for senior dogs, sensitive teeth, puppies, and owners concerned about their dogs chew habits.

Damaging a tooth is a concern for dog owners, and split chews are a safer option. A split chew allows easy access to the mineral rich marrow that dogs love. Once the chew has lost its marrow core, its time to remove it from your dog and replace. 


The softest and highest marrow content of all the antlers listed. Moose antlers are shaped like paddles and are referred to as such. Many dogs find the taste of moose preferable over other antler types. A soft antler will be very engaging but not as long lasting. Moose antlers can be cut into "slices". It is advised that larger breeds select a chew from the base of a moose antler. This will be of highest density and will be longer lasting.