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Frequently Asked Questions
Bully sticks are made of the pizzle (or penis) of a bull. As a by-product of the beef industry, they are cleaned, stretched, dried and cut to size.
Some bully sticks that have not been dried long enough will have a natural smell. A dog's chewing action and contact with saliva will also bring out a bully stick's natural scent.
If stored properly, bully sticks will not go bad. Bully sticks have a shelf life of at least 2 years if stored in a sealed bag and stored in a cool dry place.
The amount of time a bully stick will last when a dog is chewing on it will depend on the length and thickness of the bully stick, and what type of a chewer your dog is. Typically a bully stick will las between 15-45 mins.
There are a few ways to prevent your dog from swallowing or choking on a bully stick.
- Remove the bully stick from your dog when it gets down to a small size.
- Purchase a bully stick holder
- Purchase a stick that is relative to your dog's size. For example, do not give a german shepherd a 4" bully stick.
You should always supersize your dog when given any chew or treat.
Please refer to these estimates for bully stick feeding:
Dogs under 10 lbs – 1-1.5 inches of bully stick per day
Dogs 10-20 lbs – up to 2.5 inches per day
Dogs 20-40 lbs – up to 4 inches per day
Dogs 40-60 lbs – up to 6 inches per day
Dogs 60-90 lbs – up to 9 inches per day
Dogs 90+ lbs – up 12 inches per day
It is estimated that a bully stick contains 9 to 22 calories per inch. A 6" standard bully stick contains approximately 88 calories.