Date Published: April 6, 2017, Updated: February 20, 2019 at 10:20 pm, Author: Alice
Do you have a pet dog in the house that seems to be addicted to chewing on stuff? Chances are there are already numerous household items that have fallen victim to the dog’s fondness for chewing. Slippers, rugs, pillows, and shoes always end up saliva-drenched and full of teeth marks. The solution for this is to give the dog something harmless to chew on: bully sticks.
Bully sticks are also referred to as “bull pizzles” or “beef pizzles,” because they are made out of bull penises (“pizzles” is an anachronistic term for “penis.”) They are made from 100% beef tendon that is drained, dried, and flavored so that they will end up as sinewy chew products for dogs. These bully sticks are favored by many dog owners over those made from rawhide or those manufactured bones. If the odd origin of these dried pizzles intrigue you, you might want to read on and get to know these interesting facts:
For most dog owners, it’s enough for treats to be safe or harmless. But in the case of bully sticks, they go beyond being safe treats as they actually have a variety of health benefits. For starters, dogs have an easier time digesting the dried tendons compared to more conventional chew treats like rawhide or the manufactured bones. It also doesn’t splinter so it’s perfectly safe compared to other treats that may cause internal injuries due to sharp, broken pieces.
Bull pizzles are also very nutritious, since they are made from beef muscle that is naturally high protein. Additionally, beef is also a great source of amino acids. These amino acids are conducive to better muscle, brain, skin, and coat. The fact that the sticks are all natural also make them an ideal choice for sensitive dogs, because the lack of artificial chemicals and preservatives will ensure that there’s no negative reaction or allergies.
Beef pizzles also have the benefit of helping a dog maintain a clean teeth and healthy gums. While not a replacement for proper teeth brushing, tough chews are conducive to healthy teeth and gum because it helps scrape away plaque and buildup from the dog’s teeth, making them easier to clean when the teeth are brushed.
Dogs like bully sticks because they love to chew. Chewing is vital in the life of any dog for a variety of reasons. For pups, it is one of the most important activities because they use their mouth to explore their surroundings, and like teething babies, they need to chew in order to soothe the teething pains.
For adult dogs, chewing is also done frequently for a number of reasons:
When it comes to expiration date during storage, bully sticks are known to have long shelf lives due to being naturally preserved by drying. From the time they are produced, they can last up to two years or more on store shelves.
As for how long it will last when used by a dog, it will depend on the dog. Different dogs of different breed tend to have different levels of aggressiveness and enthusiasm, and will of course have different bite strengths. On average, a bully stick will last from several hours to a few days, depending on the aforementioned factors.
If you are bothered by the smell, which some users liken to a dried diaper (the more creative ones compare it to the smell of a “zombie.”), there are odor-free sticks on the market. These odor free bully sticks are cooked longer in order to remove most of the moisture content, which is normally where the smell comes from.
You can also do this on your own by boiling and then drying the pizzles. But keep in mind that DIY solutions like this are not foolproof, you may end up actually cooking the pizzles or shortening them so if you don’t want to risk it, just go for the odor-free ones.
Also, you need to remember that even if you have the odor-free sticks, they will still end up smelling a little bit due to the dog’s saliva. But this is normal and will happen with any chew product.
It is recommended that a puppy be given a maximum of one bully stick per day. More than one is discouraged because the pizzle is high in protein, which when consumed excessively may have adverse effects on your pup’s health. Fortunately, this won’t be too much of a problem because majority of pups won’t be able to consume more than one stick per day, not to mention the fact that buying way too many would be cost-prohibitive.
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