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Edible Chews: Bully Sticks


Dogs love bully sticks.  On the plus side: They are generally low fat, enthusiastically accepted by almost all dogs, rarely cause tummy upset and, if managed, last for a while with many medium to small dogs. On the downside: Some smell when softened by chewing, all are pricey and, well, they are bully sticks. This is a “don’t ask, don’t tell” situation, if you don’t know what they are made out of just live in blissful ignorance.

Bully sticks run around 85-90 calories per 6″ stick, as I understand it, which needs to be figured into your dog’s diet. Pip, at 8 years old and 35 pounds, needs about 500 calories a day. This is almost 20% on that! So, adjust accordingly. What I do is give one to her for a few minutes a day, which makes them both last longer and limits the calorie intake.

These are fine for every chew style though some will consume them faster than others.

I guess I could say more but that about covers it. Despite these drawbacks, Pip enjoys them regularly and I enjoy seeing her enjoying.  Here is the brand I currently am buying:

6 Inch Regular – 25 Pack – Free Range Bully Sticks – Product of the USA

  • 100% natural with minimal processing
  • The best chew for your dog
  • Perfect for growing puppies that love to chew
  • Our regular bully sticks average 1/2″ thick
  • Product of the USA
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6 Inch Thick – 25 Pack – Free Range Bully Sticks
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4-6 Inch Super Thick – 24 Pack – Free Range Bully Sticks 
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Other Well-Reviewed Products

HDP Braided 12″ Bully Sticks Monstrous Select Pack of 10

  • Made in Brazil
  • All natural treats
  • Naturally cleans teath
  • Reduces tartar buildup
  • Reviews say low odor
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Top Dog Chews 12″ Jumbo All Natural Bully Sticks – 5 Pack

  • 100% All Natural, Free Range, No Steroids, No Additives, No chemicals, USDA approved.
  • From South American cattle, No added hormones & antibiotics
  • Always provide plenty of fresh water
  • Our Jumbo Bully’s are at least 3/4″ thick and range in weight from 2.0oz to over 3.0oz!
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Redbarn 7-Inch Bully Sticks – 3-Pack

  • 100% digestible
  • Low in fat
  • Appeals to all breeds and life stages

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Cadet 1-Pound Bully Sticks for Dogs, 4 to 6-Inch

  • Premium quality
  • 100-Percent all natural beef
  • Great for dogs teeth and gums
  • Product of Brazil

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Author: Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, Dog Expert, offers experienced-based dog info with humor. Author of 8 books, seen on PBS, Sarah knows all about dogs. {Pip} is her rescue dog.

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