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Old 11-30-2012, 09:47 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm not sure if this is the right place for this question, but what exactly is a bully stick? I gather it is something the puppy can chew on, but is it something like one of those rawhide twisted stick thingies or is it like a toy?
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What are bully sticks dog treats made from?


Bully sticks, also known as beef pizzles, pizzle sticks, beef sticks, steer stix, are made from 100% bull penises. Bull penis is a single ingredient of bully sticks. Some suppliers and merchants say that they sell bully sticks made of "beef tendons" or "dried muscles" as that part of the anatomy is a tendon and muscle indeeed, and this may sound less repulsive for some people with psychological barrier thinking of feeding bull privates to their furbabies.
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Thanks! Is it safe for them? I mean...can they bite off a part and get choked on it? Is it ok for them to have without supervision or do you only give it to them when you are right there? I'm trying to think of more things I can leave with Leila to keep her busy when I'm not around.
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They are sold at pet stores and cost about 5 dollars each. They don't break off like rawhide. Mine LOVE them!
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Depends on the dog. I feel safe leaving Gustave with a bully stick. But I also take them away when they get to be like 3-4 inches.

On the other hand, my old roommate's dog softened the whole stick by licking it and then tried to swallow the whole big mush and almost choked on it.

So far Gustave eats it the proper way - starts at one end and takes days to finish it.


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Mine take a long time to finish them also. They work on one end at a time. I throw them away when they get about 4 in. When Dewey was smaller, I found smaller diameters ones, but I wouldn't give to the older dog's because they chew them too fast. They are a life saver for teething or bored dog's. I've always given my fluffs bullies, and never had a problem. Don't refrigerate them or put in a plastic sealed bag, they can get mold on them. Mine are left in the toy box.
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Mine take a long time to finish them also. They work on one end at a time. I throw them away when they get about 4 in. When Dewey was smaller, I found smaller diameters ones, but I wouldn't give to the older dog's because they chew them too fast. They are a life saver for teething or bored dog's. I've always given my fluffs bullies, and never had a problem. Don't refrigerate them or put in a plastic sealed bag, they can get mold on them. Mine are left in the toy box.
Oh yeah, they're stinky!! You can buy low odor bullies.
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Probably since it's muscle not actual hide,I think that's why it doesn't seem to ... swell up..ha,ha, so to speak ,when they chew it,like raw hide does..I'd keep an eye on them to see how they eat it first. Mine won't lick it, they just start chewing at one end and work their way down. I take it away then it gets down to 4 inches or so, just in case..I let Rylee,since he's tiny, have his until about 3 inches or so and I take it.. He chews his in his carrier,so I can keep the other dogs from taking his...
I haven't given raw hide in years,not since a friend's dog died from having a larger piece swell in his intestines...
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Probably since it's muscle not actual hide,I think that's why it doesn't seem to ... swell up..ha,ha, so to speak
:HistericalSmi ley: Michelle, you are cracking me up!

I appreciate all the advise, everyone! I think I will look for some for Leila today and watch her to see how she does with one. I know not to use rawhide, but hard toys don't seem to hold her interest very long.
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Mine take a long time to finish them also. They work on one end at a time. I throw them away when they get about 4 in. When Dewey was smaller, I found smaller diameters ones, but I wouldn't give to the older dog's because they chew them too fast. They are a life saver for teething or bored dog's. I've always given my fluffs bullies, and never had a problem. Don't refrigerate them or put in a plastic sealed bag, they can get mold on them. Mine are left in the toy box.
That's very interesting. My roommate's dog was 25lbs and the bully stick was the same size as what I give Gustave. That's probably why he swallowed it whole. Maybe it was too small for him.


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