When cattle are processed for human consumption, the pizzle or penis is gathered with other parts that eventually become treats for dogs. Trachea, gullets, lungs all become chewy treats. Though these parts are clearly spelt out on the packets, they are known as just that - bully sticks.
The penis, which measure about 25 inches is cleaned and hung out to dry so all the fluids drain off. It is then stretched to about 40 inches and then divided into smaller sticks. The standard length sold are 6" and 12" or anywhere between four and thirty inches.
How should you store them?
You can store your bully sticks in zip bags so they can be used and reused again and again. You can also preserve them in the freezer to prolong their life and to increase their hardness. You can give 12" piece to your dog and keep the remaining half chewed piece in the freezer and give it to your dog the next day after it has become hard. The freezer will keep it fresh. You should not store them in open as otherwise insects could attack and contaminate them.
Different types of bully sticks:
They may be curly, braided or full cane bully sticks. They can be even shaped like pretzels or rings.
How are they useful
- They keep puppies and young dogs busy chewing, so that they don't chew on footwear, curtains, newspapers and just about anything they normally like to do. It will keep them busy for hours together as it takes a long time to chew.
- They do not have the danger of bones being embedded in them. They are pure muscle.
- They are made 100% of a single natural ingredient and does not contain fillers. They are a good source of protein.
- Dogs can be disciplined with the help of chewy bully sticks-
- Since they are all natural, they tend to stay longer than other chewy products like manufactured bones.
- They are good for the dental health of the dog.
Why they are not recommended
- An obese dog could get fatter because of the protein content.
- They are packed with calories with 9 to 22 calories per inch of the bully stick. Excessive feeding of these is not good.
- They could be contaminated with bacteria. Pet owners are advised to wash their hands after use. An outbreak of salmonella was linked to contaminated dry pet food in 2010. E. Coli, Clostridium Difficile, Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) were some of the pathogens found in chewy treats.
- While many pet owners are against the concept of pet food because they incorporate the byproducts of the meat industry, they are unaware that bully sticks are also a byproduct.
Where does the meat come from.
The pizzle or penis comes from free range cattle in South America, who are hundred percent grass fed. Most are odor free.
Bully sticks are indispensable yet their use should be under supervision. Dogs are fond of chewing them, and it keeps them out of trouble for a long time.