Bully sticks are good for your dog’s teeth and gums, as chewing on these sticks help in scraping away plaque and tartar deposit from their teeth. Bully sticks are a healthy alternative to dog treats as they are all-natural and free of additives you normally find in dog treats. [1]1

They’re also suitable for puppies if they’re able to chew tough food and treats on their own. Bully sticks offer the same dental benefits and high-protein to both dogs and puppies.

What are Bully Sticks made up of?

Bully sticks are made up of steer or beef penis that are twisted and stretched before drying. Dehydration is the most common method of drying; although, they may also be smoked or baked.

Some may have been chemically modified or irradiated to remove toxic bacteria. [2]2

They’re sliced into 6, 12, or 30-inch bits and wrapped until they’re fully dry and ready to serve to your pet as a treat.

Bully Sticks Are Also Called As:

  • Pizzle sticks
  • Bull pizzles
  • Steer sticks
  • Bull sticks
  • Pizzles

Note: Dogs of any age, size, or breed can easily enjoy chewing on their bully stick.

Are Bully Sticks Better than Rawhides?

  • Bully sticks are long-lasting and all-natural
  • Bully sticks could be consumed or munched as they break down easily in the stomach instead of inducing stomach swelling.
  • They are easily digestible as compared to rawhide and other natural treats like pig ears.
  • Since bully sticks are mainly protein and they have low carbohydrate content. Bully sticks do not trigger tartar build-up as a result of this. [3]3
  • Bully sticks have low-fat content. Because of the high protein content, they are an excellent choice for overweight dogs.
  • Puppies that are not allowed to chew rawhides can munch on bully sticks.

How Long Do Bully Stick Last?

Dogs with stronger teeth will have an easier time breaking down their bully stick; others might take less than 30 minutes. The important thing is to choose a bully stick that is the right size to match your dog’s strength and size.

A big or large breed dog, or one with a very strong chewing ability, must be offered a larger-sized bully stick to make sure that it lasts longer. A young, medium-sized, or elderly dog might only need a thin bully stick to keep them occupied for hours or several days.

The design of the bully stick affects how quickly it is consumed. Due to their shape, a bully stick might take time to break down if your dog can’t wrap its mouth fully around it. Pizzle sticks that are extra curly, thick, and braided are more complex.

Note: Bully sticks are great for dogs having separation anxiety or phobias.

Are Bully Sticks Safe for Dogs?

Although Bully sticks are safe for a majority of dogs, there are a few risks that are associated with chewing Bully sticks.

Bacterial Infection

It can sometimes cause stomach issues, and its symptoms include diarrhea and vomiting. It can be prevented by purchasing bully sticks from a reputed company that processes them and transform them into dog treats in a sanitary environment. [4]6

Choking

A bully stick can become a threat when it becomes too small to swallow it completely.

Beef allergies

Since bully sticks are all protein, but if your dog is allergic to beef, it will cause problems.

Stomach intolerance

Bully sticks can be too rich for certain breeds, which causes diarrhea.

The Bottom Line

Now that you know how healthy and safe Bully sticks are for your pet, it is vital to keep an eye on him while he enjoys his treat. They might not have any problem if they consume it, and it enters their stomach as it is completely digestible. However, it may get stuck in their throat before reaching the stomach, causing severe choking incidents. It is best to take their tiny last bite away as a precaution.

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