Are bully sticks safe?

The Short Answer

Yes, they are safe for dogs to eat and digest wth proper supervision

The Long Answer

Bully sticks are completely safe to chew and digest. Online manufactured treats and toys, bully sticks are made from cattle and fully digestible.

While generally bully sticks are safe to eat, there are some things to consider:

Choking Hazard

Bully sticks may pose a choking hazard for your dog. It is important to monitor your pet when giving any chew or treat, not just bully sticks. Just as important is purchasing the right size bully stick for your pet. When a bully stick gets too small, simply throw it away.


There is a small risk that a bully stick may be contaminated by salmonella. We purchase our bully sticks from reputable sources that are USDA Approved. The bully sticks are drained and cleaned, dried and exposed to irradiation to kill off any bacteria. Our bully sticks are then inspected and cleared by the USDA before they are made available for sale.

It is important to purchase bully sticks from a reputable source.

Broken Teeth

A bully stick is almost as hard as a bone and a dog can easily get a fracture from chewing on one, but its not something that happens very often.

What about rawhide?

Rawhide is an alternative chew treat, but rawhide has a negative reputation; they’re known to be indigestible and contain chemicals, additives, and other harmful ingredients. On the other hand, bully sticks are all-natural pet treats that are made from beef free of hormones, steroids, chemicals, and antibiotics. Just make sure that you read product descriptions and packages carefully before purchasing. Here at MyBullySticks, though, you’ll find dog chews and other dog beef treats are made from cattle or bull that have been raised without hormones, steroids, and antibiotics.