Are bully sticks good for dogs?
Apart from the possibility of containing high levels of pathogenic bacteria, bully sticks for dogs can be a pretty healthy dog treat! Since bully pizzles are made from 100% pure beef penis, they are digestible and palatable.
And as a bonus to this, bully sticks are low in fat and high in protein! So, they are a great source of energy for hardworking dogs.
Nutrition aside, bully sticks provide mental stimulation to dogs. Our canine companions are natural born chewers. Years of evolution have betokened that canines use chewing behavior to combat boredom. So, by providing your dog with a bully stick, you not only feed this innate behavior, but you are also offering a source of entertainment for your furry-friend.
Now, if you’ve got a pooch that's a little on the heavier side or a pooch that needs to lose some weight, then a bull pizzle might not be the best choice for them.
As tasty as these treats are, the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Medicine does state that bully sticks are quite high in calories. To put this into perspective, a 6-inch bully stick can contain up to 88 calories!
In other words, that’s already 9% of medium-sized dogs daily recommended caloric intake. Feed bully sticks as a supplement to a healthy diet.