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Bacteria in Bully Sticks

Has anyone read about this yet?

Tufts Study: 'Bully Sticks' May Be Bad For Dogs, Owners | The Millbury Daily Voice

I guess it is one of those "of course" things, since the sticks are raw meat, but it's worth sharing so people know to wash their hands after touching them.
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These aren't "raw". They are dried, just like beef jerky we eat. Why would anyone NOT wash their hands after handling dried bull penis? lol




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Ew..Lol. I had no idea.


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These aren't "raw". They are dried, just like beef jerky we eat. Why would anyone NOT wash their hands after handling dried bull penis? lol
LOL so true!


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People need to wash their hands after handling kibble too, there is TONS of bacteria on kibble, just as much as in raw food. This includes things like E-COLI and SALMONELLA! Wash your hands people. As for the caloric intake, that's just a matter of limiting how many your pet gets and adjusting their daily food rations when they get them. Duh! Most treats have a decent amount of calories in them, which is why you need to adjust accordingly if you plan to feed them. (And there ARE treats under 10 calories out there if you've got an "easy keeper"! Some as low as 2-3 calories each) Obesity stems from the OWNER, not the treat or food company. A treat could be made up of 300 calories and that wouldn't make it a bad treat, it makes the owner a bad pet parent by feeding 3 of them to their dog every day on top of several cups of food and wondering why it's a porker or worse, not caring that the dog is morbidly obese.

Personally, I'm less a fan of the price than anything else. Lol!

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Aren't we getting overboard with this hand washing? Pretty soon we have to wash our hands after petting our dogs or taking something from them because they eat kibble, bully sticks, raw tripe, stuff we don't even recognize, etc. I think it's the best way to compromise your immune system but that is just MHO
At the fair there are hand sanitizers in case you pet a goat.....

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Right on Wolfy! I bet you played in the dirt as a kid...and have an immune system of steal!

Public service announcement! None of us would be alive if it weren't for E.coli (and many other species acting as commensals). It is the most predominant species in our digestive tract and (for the most part) does not pose any threat. Of course, there are exceptions, but when you hear/read that something "tested positive for E.coli," take it with a grain of salt (and NOT an antibiotic!). Our little friends are everywhere!

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There are more bacterial cells in/on your body than there are your own (human) cells.

If you were to be completely "broken down" and all of the DNA remaining were tested, a majority would be from bacteria (followed by viruses).

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Seriously!! If we sanitize our entire world, we'll destroy our immune systems!! I do NOT wash my hands after tossing a bully stick to my dog!! And you can't make me!!!

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Right on Wolfy! I bet you played in the dirt as a kid...and have an immune system of steal!

Public service announcement! None of us would be alive if it weren't for E.coli (and many other species acting as commensals). It is the most predominant species in our digestive tract and (for the most part) does not pose any threat. Of course, there are exceptions, but when you hear/read that something "tested positive for E.coli," take it with a grain of salt (and NOT an antibiotic!). Our little friends are everywhere!

If you haven't heard it before:

There are more bacterial cells in/on your body than there are your own (human) cells.

If you were to be completely "broken down" and all of the DNA remaining were tested, a majority would be from bacteria (followed by viruses).
As someone who has almost lost a parent from something that tested positive for E.coli, I can tell you that taking this with a grain of salt can be life threatening. There are many different strands of E.coli and some such as O157:H7 if untreated can lead to organ failure and blood poisoning.


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