What Are Bully Sticks, Are Bully Sticks Safe for Dogs?
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What Are Bully Sticks, Are Bully Sticks Safe for Dogs?


Dogs love to chew and there are hundreds of chew items for dogs on the market. Some chew items are toys, others are actually edible, such as rawhide, pigs ears and something called bully sticks. In regards to bully sticks customers have two questions; what are bully sticks, and are they safe for dogs to eat?

What are Bully Sticks?

Bully sticks are made from a bull's penis, it is dehydrated either by drying in the sun or by being cooked in a smoker. Those that are properly cooked are generally considered safer than those that were dried in the sun. Some companies, such as Best Bully Sticks, hang the penises, also known as pizzles, and cook them to ensure they are bacteria free and safe for consumption. In fact, in some areas humans even chew dried pizzles.

Are Bully Sticks Safe for Dogs to Eat?

Consumers should avoid bully sticks produced in India and China due to concerns regarding the preparation method of this product. Instead consumers should look for bully sticks made either in Canada, the USA, or South America, where preparation methods are generally considered safer. Best Bully Sticks does not sell products from India or China. They use the penises from free range cattle from Brazil. There are no additional ingredients added (no preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors).

Many owners have noted that bully sticks are safer for dogs to eat than rawhide. Dogs have actually been autopsied with large clumps of undigested rawhide in their stomachs or intestines. A few concerned suppliers, including Best Bully Sticks, no longer sell rawhide because of these concerns. In contrast bully sticks are easier for dogs to properly chew and digest. In fact some dog owners are switching from rawhide to bully sticks because of concerns.

Generally bully sticks are safe for all dogs, however some dogs have allergies to beef and as such should not have bully sticks. Symptoms of food allergies in dogs usually present as skin problems, such as hotspots.  Bully sticks are great for dogs that are allergic to pork and cannot have pig's ears.

Bully sticks are even safe for puppies over 8 weeks of age.

Dogs should be supervised when eating bully sticks, or any chew. Dogs who tend to be protective of their food might swallow too large a piece and this could be a choking hazard. Dogs should never be given bully stick, or any chew, when in a kennel because they simply cannot be watched well.

Bully sticks are good for a dog's teeth and gums, they can be given as frequently as one per day and should be considered a source of protein.

Where to Buy Bully Sticks

Best Bully Sticks is a great online place to buy quality bully sticks for dogs. They come in all sizes (from 6 inches to 36 inches), even braided chews. They are 100% beef, USDA inspected and approved. Best Bully Sticks also sells a huge assortment of other great products for dogs and cats too, including a huge range of “Made in the USA” products.

Click here to check for discounts and coupons on bully sticks for dogs from Best Bully Sticks.

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