Antlers or Horns?Posted March 08 2012
Have you ever wondered what the difference is between antlers and horns? Horns grow continuously throughout an animals life and are not replaced or regrown if they are damaged or broken off. The outer surface of horns is composed primarily of keratin, a substance similar to finger nails, and they are nourished by blood vessels within the horn itself.
Antlers are basically just like bone growing from the front of the skull of a deer, elk, or moose. Antlers are usually longer than horns, and have many branches called tines.
Consequently, The next time you marvel at the impressive
antlers on a large elk or moose, remember, they took only 3 to 4 months to grow! Pretty quick right? Here's to hoping your dog enjoys his antler dog chews!