An Introduction to Bully Sticks

You've seen them in stores, advertised in catalogs, and everywhere premium dog treats are sold. These weird, jerky-like pieces were unknown and simply tossed to the butcher's dogs for generations. Yet now we find them stuffing our dogs' stockings and hidden beneath our couches.

These high protein snacks are a perfect way to distract heavy chewers, those dogs who need good teeth cleaning, and several other carnivorous pets that have stolen our hearts. Ever seen a ferret running away with a bully stick as long as it is? We have, and it is adorable.


The Bully Stick

The bully stick is the reproductive organ of a bull or steer beef animal. These can be bison, cattle, or any other number of bovine-related domesticated animals; though usually distinct species are notated on the packaging. Our Dog Bully Sticks are 100% all-natural premium beef! 🐄

That's right, your dog is gnawing on the dried penis of a beef animal. And you know what? It loves it. Bully sticks are full of protein and a fantastic way to give your dog some gnawing exercise. Before they're dried, these bully sticks are very elastic and chewy. Afterward, the thick skin makes a perfect crunchy treat for your pet. 


Storage and Care

Bully sticks should be stored at room temperature and kept dry. The best way to accomplish this is to put them in a glass jar with a lid or keep them in their original plastic-wrapped packaging. If your bully sticks come wrapped as a group and appear oily or greasy, lay them out on a paper towel to let them air dry for a day or two. Sometimes high temperatures occur during shipping and natural oils may appear as a sheen. 

These treats should have an expiration date on the packaging. If not, most bully sticks are good for 1 year upon arrival if kept in a dry, room temperature area.

When to Replace

Not all dogs will finish their bully stick the first time around. Like any chew, you should discard and replace it if you see any splintering or sharp, rough edges. While these are incredibly uncommon with bully sticks (jerky doesn't splinter easily), we do recognize that the chewing habits of some pets may encourage them. Any odd pointy bits can be removed with a Dremel, too, if most of the stick is still viable.

Essentially, replace the bully stick if you would replace any other chew in its condition. Though these are wonderful, edible snacks, safety always comes first. But speaking from experience, if your pup is chewing on one of our Bully Sticks, it'll most likely finish it in one sitting.


So now you know the basics about Bully Sticks, if you have more questions please visit our blog more tips and treats. 🐶

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