Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
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So I’ve recently stumbled upon these Bully Sticks, about 2-3 weeks ago, and I have to say my dog really, really enjoys them and they work! I’ve tried several chews and toys for her that include: greenies, dental chews, bone marrow, and kongs, and other plastic chew toys but none of them seemed to interest her long enough to get a good chew-in. They were either too big for her to maneuver in her paws and with her teeth or simply just didn’t taste very appealing. I will say that our dog is a bit of a picky eater, or maybe she just has a preference for what she likes? Whatever the case we went through a lot of products before we finally found this one! She definitely enjoys chewing on them, must taste very good, and gets a good cleaning in. I’ve literally seen pieces of plaque and tartar left behind after she’s chewed her bully stick for a while.
This is what they look like:
What are they?
Bully sticks also known as beef pizzle, pizzle sticks, steer stix, beef sticks are actually bull penises (WHAT??? GROSS!) Yes that’s a little bit shocking. I was a little grossed out but once I got over the initial shock I came to realize that this is still an amazing product.
Bully sticks are:
– Odor free (majority, although some do contain low odor)
– Sourced from USA cattle
(the ones I purchased from my local pet boutique actually came from free-range cattle which is always nice)
– 100% NATURAL, single ingredient BEEF product
– Completely & easily digestible (unlike a lot of rawhides on the market)
– Low in fat
How are Bully Sticks made?
Bully sticks are first removed, cleaned and then hung vertically to allow the draining of fluids contained within the bull penis, this process is what permits bully sticks to be odor free. These sticks are then stretched, twisted, or braided to provide different variations in shape, then dried and may be smoked for flavor. Being that these Bully Sticks are 100% natural, thickness, shape, and color may vary.
The Bully Sticks I purchased for our German Shepherd Zoey were the 12″ size and straight. I wasn’t exactly sure if she would like them so I bought 2 small ones with a simple shape, just in case. She was hesitant at first and just sniffed it for a while and then eventually she started going to town on it! She looked like she was having a hard time placing it in her paws and chewing it but eventually she figured it out and demolished the thing! I think it took about an hour for her to get down to about half way on the stick? She ate the whole thing within a day, so I’m going to go ahead and say she really liked it.
There are a number of places to buy these Bully Sticks from, online as well as in-store.
I would recommend checking out your local pet boutique’s or buying them online. It would probably be best to buy them in bulk as they can be very expensive if bought separate. The ones I bought were $7/each. There are of course larger and smaller sizes to fit each individual dog.
If you have a picky eater or a dog who just hasn’t found the right chew for them I would definitely consider checking these things out! They seem to be the new rave after all the horror stories about Rawhides.