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Old 01-29-2013, 06:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Dog treat made from bull penis may pose health risks - Vitals

Ok, I'm not surprised that the pet owners didn't know what Bully Sticks were made from but vets didn't know???

BTW - I'm just poking fun with the title. My gang love their bullies and they will keep getting them as the occasional treat.
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Excuse me while I laugh and snort...really?! Its a wonder bags of peanuts have 'caution may contain peanut' labels...
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Old 01-29-2013, 08:07 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I was just reading a similar article posted on angryvets site. The calories are a concern.
How many people let their dog consume a whole stick at one sitting and wonder why the dog gets ill?
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If a person is feeding high-quality food in the appropriate amounts, the calories shouldn't be too much concern. Also, if people more people did a bit of credible research, they would realize the mentioned bacterial species in a healthy GI tract are of no concern either...
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I was just reading a similar article posted on angryvets site. The calories are a concern.
How many people let their dog consume a whole stick at one sitting and wonder why the dog gets ill?
Dog treat made from bull penis may pose health risks | Fox News
How long is a whole stick? The ones I get are cut into 12cm (4 inch) lengths and they will usually finish them in less than an hour for the puppy and half an hour for my older dog.

I usually give them one a day (sometimes two if the weather is bad and we can't go outside.) Would the calories be too high in lengths like that?
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I think what you are giving is ok for a GSD size. But others with smaller dogs let them eat a whole stick at one sitting, then the dog gets upset gut. I have a friend with a Briard pup, she let him eat a whole one during one chew session. He started barfing in the middle of the night(weighed about 50# at the time)and the next day was sick/both ends.
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Jax has always been given a whole one (9-12") and never been sick from it.
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I work in a pet supply store and I can vouch that a lot of people that purchase bully sticks do not know what they are. The looks on their faces when you tell them is priceless. My guys get them regularily, on average they last about 20 minutes. I will only buy ones from north american beef and pick out the thicker/denser, darker ones. They get either 6" or 12" ones, full ones at a time and I have never had a problem with digestion or weight problems. If anything I have a hard time keeping weight on my dogs. I like that they are a safe, digestible, one ingredient, non treated treat that I don't have to worry about them choking on. I am more worried about the nasty ingredients in things like dentabones (that last 45 seconds) or the pedigree jumbones than the possible bacteria left over in a bulls penis.
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They are available in a variety of different lengths, we always buy the 12" ones at Costco. My dogs get one a couple of times a week.
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Even before I knew for sure what the were, I had my suspicions. I mean, with names like bully stick, steer stick and pizzle, what else could they be? And yeah, it is kind of ironic that people who say they don't feed a food with "by-product" in it routinely give their dogs things like pizzles, hooves, and rawhides.
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