The Benefits of Bully Sticks for Dogs
So you've heard of Bully Sticks and now you want to know are bully sticks good for dogs?
If we kept track of our FAQs, we think that at the top of the list would be: “What are the benefits of bully sticks for dogs?” We believe Bully Sticks are some of the greatest things to rock the world since microchips, bacon, and the game of Fetch. We’re confident that we manufacture the best Bully Sticks on the market, at least that’s what our reviews tell us. For the curious pet parent, we’ve conveniently compiled FAQs and benefits of Bully Sticks in this article. The list of benefits we’ve assembled below is valid for all Bully Stick shapes and sizes. From their natural manufacturing process to their positive health attributes, we think Bully Bones are some of the most beneficial natural dog chews around! The age old question of “are bully sticks good for dogs?” can finally be put to rest.
The two most important things to understand about Bully Sticks are their ingredients and how they’re made. Understanding why Bully Sticks are natural treats is an essential foundation for recognizing their benefits.
What are Bully Sticks Made of? Why Do Dogs Like Bully Sticks?
Bully Sticks are a single ingredient dog treat. The only ingredient you’ll find in our natural Bully Sticks is beef pizzle* from grass-fed, free-range cattle. Why does this matter? Not only are Bully Sticks a natural, one-ingredient dog treat, but they are also a 100% beef muscle treat. Since Bully Sticks are made with only bull pizzle, they are 100% digestible! This is important to mention since not all dog treats are completely digestible. Now you know what a beef bully stick is made of!
*Beef Pizzle is the manufacturer’s term for dried bull penis.
How are Bully Sticks Made?
To make Bully Sticks, the beef pizzle is cleaned, hung vertically, and then dried. The beef muscle is then slow-roasted and smoked to lock in the natural beef flavor that dogs love. Our proper preparation of Bully Sticks preserves them without having to use any chemicals, artificial preservatives or other unhealthy additives. Bully Stick ingredients are simple–just beef pizzle. Our dried Bully Sticks are tough, rigid, and have a three-year shelf life. Compared to other dog treats on the market, they are very durable making them an ideal choice and one of the best dog chews available.
Are Bully Sticks Safe For Dogs?
We previously mentioned the 100% digestibility of Bully Sticks, but we wanted to go into more detail about why they can be considered a safe chew to give your dog. Unlike rawhide treats, where the beef hide is sometimes difficult to fully digest, Bully Sticks will not cause blockages in your dog’s stomach. Bully sticks are an entirely digestible treat and completely break down, so your dog has an easier time of passing them through. You don’t have to worry about blockages in their stomach, so you can have peace of mind while your dog spends days chewing away!
As with any treat, though, supervision is recommended. Bully Sticks are 100% digestible, but be sure your dog isn’t breaking off huge pieces that can pose a choking hazard.
Can Puppies Have Bully Sticks? Are Bully Sticks Good for Puppies?
If your puppy can chew hard food or treats on their own, they can have Bully Sticks. Since Bully Sticks for puppies are all natural, single-ingredient dog treats, they provide the same benefits as they do for adult dogs. As with any treat, supervision is recommended whenever feeding your puppy bully sticks.
How Long Do Bully Sticks Last? Best Storage Tips For Keeping Them Fresh.
The shelf life of bully sticks is generally around 36 months or 3 years. You might be wondering how that’s possible without the use of preservatives. The answer lies with how natural bully sticks are made. Bully Sticks are made by removing all the moisture content through a sophisticated baking procedure. Without moisture, these dog chews can last for a very long time.
While they already have long shelf life, there are still a few things that you want to do when storing bully sticks. Keep your bully sticks in a neutral or colder environment. Hot temperatures can lead to spoilage, draw insects, and exacerbate odors. You can keep your bully sticks in your home and can even store them in a resealable bag in the freezer if you’d like. The cold temperature keeps odor to a minimum and dogs seem to love the extra firm and cool texture, especially during the hot summer months.
Natural Dog Teeth Cleaning
Dog dental care is crucial. The biggest health benefit of chewing Bully Sticks for your dog is the maintenance of their dental health. The mechanical action of chewing works to strengthen your dog’s teeth and can also reduce the amount of tartar and plaque buildup. In some instances, chewing on Bully Bones can even stop cavities from forming, prevent gingivitis, and work to prevent other periodontal diseases. Watch out, because your dog’s teeth are about to become stronger than Chuck Norris’s left hand (legally, we can’t make any claims about the right hand).
Remember that Bully Sticks are an important part of a dog’s dental health maintenance and should be used in addition to brushing a dog’s teeth. Clean teeth lead to a healthy dog, which leads to a happy human.
High Protein, Low Fat
Remember how we explained that Bully Sticks are a completely natural dog treat made from 100% beef? There is more of a benefit to that than just the great flavor that your dog will love.
Since Bully Sticks are a 100% beef treat, they are incredibly high in protein. Dogs are technically omnivores, but they are descended from wolves. Which means that their ancestral diet involved eating large amounts of animal protein. The protein content of Bully Sticks helps them mimic this diet.
“High protein means high fat then, right?” Nope! Bully Sticks are low in fat. This combination of high protein and low fat make them a healthy chew option for dogs with weight problems. That doesn’t mean you can give them endless Bully Sticks in a day though (although we’re sure your dog would love that). Be sure to continue limiting their caloric intake and feed Bully Sticks as treats, not meals.
Since our Bully Sticks are made with a single ingredient, beef pizzle, they are a 100% beef dog treat. Being made with only beef muscle means that they’re a natural treat that is completely digestible. Bully Sticks do not cause blockages in a dog’s stomach; they get completely broken down.
Long Lasting Bully Sticks
The beauty of Bully Sticks is the many shapes, sizes, and thicknesses they come in. Whether your dog is a passive or aggressive chewer, you’re sure to find one perfect for their needs. Braided Bully Sticks, long Bully Sticks, and thicker Bully Sticks are great for a long lasting chew.
Pawstruck is based right here in the USA. Just like most American dog owners, we believe that “you are what you eat” applies to our pets too. It’s not only important for you to eat natural and healthy foods, we think your dog should too. Which is why we only source our Bully Sticks from free-range, grass-fed cattle. We take the necessary steps to ensure that “premium” and “natural” mean something when it comes to our products, they aren’t just empty buzzwords to us.
One Size Doesn’t Fit All
Just like your dog has an individual personality, they also have their unique chew style. Some dogs prefer the challenge of Braided Bully Sticks while more passive chewers might prefer a smaller Steer Chew, and others want to play around with Bully Rings. If you’re completely new to Bully Sticks and don’t yet know what shape or size would be their favorite, we recommend trying a Bully Stick Variety Pack.
In picking the right chew for your dog, think about their past behavior. Are you constantly losing shoes to their chompers? Or does a bone last them for weeks at a time? Starting to assess your dog’s chew style will help you in picking the right Bully Stick product. When in doubt, don’t forget that your vet is a good resource!
What are the Best Bully Stick Brands for Dogs?
I get this question all the time and it’s a tough one to answer. While I’ve done substantial testing with many bully stick brands, I don’t feel comfortable speaking to the quality of brands that we don’t carry on our website since their products are always changing. Having said that, I recommend two things no matter who you shop with.
First thing is to purchase bully sticks that are made in the USA or in South America. Both areas produce some of the highest quality beef ingredients in the world. Try to avoid countries like China, India, or others where quality can’t be guaranteed. Secondly, look for a natural product that is made from free-range, grass-fed cattle. If you follow those guidelines, you should find a product that is both safe and healthy for your dog.
We carry two brands of bully sticks in our web store. Both meet the requirements I listed above and can be guaranteed as premium.
- Pawstruck Bully Sticks for Dogs: As the name suggests, these are our own bully sticks that we produce in-house. Like it is with everything we sell, our bully sticks are the highest quality available. We only source the best ingredients that you can trust.
- Redbarn Bully Sticks for Dogs: Redbarn recently celebrated their 20 year anniversary. In that span, they’ve built a reputable business that’s known for quality above all else. Red Barn adheres to the highest Quality Assurance standards with three separate facilities focusing on physical and chemical testing of materials and product. You can shop with confidence whenever buying from this well-respected brand.
Still have questions about Bully Sticks or how to “chews” the right treat for your dog? Give us a call at 1 (800) 715-4955. Our product specialists are more than happy to provide suggestions. If not, feel free to browse our entire line of Bully Sticks for dogs.
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