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Frequently Asked Questions
What are bully sticks made of?
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.
Do bully sticks smell?
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.
Do bully sticks go bad?
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.
How long do bully sticks last?
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.
What happens if a dog swallows a bully stick?
At some point it may happen, as careful as we may be, your dog will swallow their bully sticks. Since it is a 100% digestible beef chew, most of the time, yoru dog will be fine
- Watch your dog for any signs or choking or blockage and be prepared to take them to a vet or animal hospital if necessary.
- Give your dog lots of water. this will help with digestion
- Purchase a stick that is relative to your dog's size. For example, do not give a german shepherd a 4" bully stick.
- Consider a bully stick holder to prevent any future incidents and throw away the last bit of the bully stick
You should always supersize your dog when given any chew or treat.
How many bully sticks would you give your dog per day?
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
How many calories are in a bully stick?
It is estimated that a bully stick contains 9 to 22 calories per inch. A 6" standard bully stick contains approximately 88 calories.
Source: A 2013 joint study done by Tufts University and the University of Guelph
Are pig ears good for dogs?
Pig ears are good for dogs, but in moderation. Each pig ear contains about 70 calories and is high in fat (approx 15%). They do however provide a good source of protein, omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids. Read more about pig ears in our article: Are Pig Ears Good For Dogs?.