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Key Points
  • Bully sticks are a single-ingredient, easily-digestible chew treat made from beef muscle.
  • Unlike other treats, bully sticks won't splinter, and they even help clean your dog's teeth.
  • Bully sticks come in a variety of sizes and shapes to satisfy chewers of all inclinations.

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Does your dog like to chew? Do you catch him running off with a shoe or nibbling on the couch corners? Chewable toys and treats are the perfect alternative to give your dog to prevent him from munching on your valuables.

A particular favorite of many dog owners (and of pups themselves) are bully sticks. So what’s so great about these edible chews?

Bully Sticks are Healthy Treats

Bully sticks aren’t just a safe treat for dogs, but offer a variety of health benefits, and give your dog something to chew.

Bully sticks are easily digestible, unlike some other chews or treats. The beef hide in rawhide, for example, can be difficult to digest for some dogs. Bully sticks, on the other hand, are highly digestible, which means that they break down easily in your dog’s stomach. They also don’t splinter like other treats, so you don’t have to worry about broken off pieces causing any internal injuries.

In addition to their high digestibility, bully sticks are a tasty, single-ingredient treat! Only made from high-protein beef muscle, bully sticks are ideal for your dog. Beef is a complete source of amino acids, which supports your dog’s muscles, brain, skin, and coat. If your dog has any allergy or sensitivity, bully sticks are a great chew option, as they are free from artificial chemicals, additives, and preservatives.

Want to keep your dog’s smile healthy? Bully sticks are good for that, too! While you should always maintain a teeth-brushing routine with your pup, you can use bully sticks as a way to help maintain clean teeth. Given that inflammation of gums (periodontal disease) is one of the most common diseases in dogs, tough chews are an important part of keeping your dog healthy. Chews, like bully sticks, support healthy teeth and gums because the chewing and gnawing required to get through the treat scrapes away plaque and buildup before it has the chance to stick.

Norwegian Buhund puppy chewing on a stick in the snow.
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Bully Sticks are Good for All Dogs

Not only are bully sticks healthy treats, but more importantly, dogs love them! Dogs of any breed, age, or size can enjoy chewing on a bully stick. They’re even perfect for puppies, as long as your puppy can chew hard food/treats on his own. Bully sticks provide the same high protein and dental health benefits for puppies as they do for adult dogs.

Moreover, bully sticks are diverse and perfect for whatever preferences your dog has. You can find a bully stick that caters to your dog. The sticks have different thicknesses, sizes, and shapes. Is your dog an aggressive, intense chewer? Try a braided bully stick. Do they take a long time to chew? Straight sticks are a great choice. Need to challenge your dog? Shaped bullys, like bully rings, provide a puzzle for your dog as he chews.

Bully sticks are long lasting, in more than one way. They can last a long time while your dog is chewing them, and they also stay fresh for up to three years.
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