BenefitsBully sticks are a great choice for dogs of any age to reduce plaque and tartar, provide entertainment through constructive chewing, and pack a punch of high-quality protein.
100% Natural and Digestible
Perhaps the best thing about bully sticks is their short ingredient list. These treats are made from just one part of a single animal, so they can be well-suited for a pup with lengthy allergy lists. Pizzle sticks are also easily digestible and 100% natural, making them a smart choice for fur babies with sensitive stomachs.
Because bully sticks are usually 100% beef, they are very high in protein (80%) and very low in fat. This makes for a way better option compared to synthetic chews and treats that have chemical extras in them for flavor. That said, be careful to not overdo it - even this natural product can cause diarrhea and obesity if over-consumed.
Dog Teeth Cleaning
Not only are bully sticks fun and nutritious - they also do a great job cleaning your dog’s teeth. They can help with reducing tartar and plaque buildup, which in turn prevents cavities and dental issues. Additionally, chewing is helpful for strengthening your dog’s teeth. Please remember that even if your dog chews on bully sticks, you should still practice other types of mouth hygiene with your dog, like brushing and cleaning.
Fun and Variety
Less of a clinical benefit, bully sticks come in different shapes and sizes. You can find the perfect pizzle stick for any dog - from a tiny poodle to a large German shepherd. In the next section, we will discuss the different types of bully sticks, flavors, and shapes.Bully Sticks will help to keep your dogs teeth nice and healthy!
Types of Bully Sticks for DogsThere are lots of choices on the market for this tasty favorite. Depending on your pup’s preference, you can purchase bully sticks in an assortment of toughness, styles, and sizes.
If your dog is a strong chewer, look for brands like Smokehouse that offer thicker bully sticks. These sticks are roasted longer and may have a larger diameter to satiate aggressive chompers.
Do you want a curly stick, a braided stick, a straight stick or a filled stick? Smaller breeds tend to like curly sticks more, but can still be enjoyed no matter how large your pup may be. Intertwined sticks are especially helpful for cleaning teeth and gums, while offering added resistance for longer wear.
If you want something a little more decadent and filling for your pup’s hunger cravings, you can select a filled bully stick. These varieties may be less natural because of the artificial ingredients that tend to be present in fillers. But generally, you’ll find that most sticks are straight, hollow tubes, designed to be destroyed by your pup bit by bit. And if you want the less smelly option, go for a smoked bully stick.
Depending on your dog’s size, you should consider a different bully stick length. Here are guidelines from Only Natural Pet to determine which bully stick size is best for your pup. If your dog is:
- 100 plus pounds, choose a 30” stick.
- 50 - 100 pounds, choose a 12” stick.
- 30 - 50 pounds, choose a 6” stick.
- 10 - 30 pounds, choose a 4” stick.